Hard Rock News on 30/05/2014

Skid Row Offer Short Teaser Of ‘United World Rebellion: Chapter Two’

Skid Row is surprising their fans with an unusual way to release their new music. Instead of one full album, the band is releasing three mini albums over the course of several months. Rachel Bolan states, “We wanted to do something different and the idea of releasing three mini albums, appealed to me. Especially with the constantly changing musical climate I liked the idea of a steady flow of new music we decided to release it this way to keep new music coming for our fans.”

‘Rise Of The Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two’, will be released on August 4th in Europe as CD digipack, 180 Gram single vinyl gatefold and digital. Megaforce Records will release the CD on August 5th in the US and it will be released to the rest of the world via UDR/ADA/Warner on August 6th.

Most of the songs were written in Atlanta, Georgia, but a lot of the lyrics were written while the band was on the road. As with ‘United World Rebellion: Chapter One’, Skid Row worked very hard on ‘Rise Of The Damnation Army’ as time is always an issue while the band is touring so much. The songs are some of their most aggressive ones to date and very heartfelt. Listening to them you hear the full explosion and intensity and you want to just throw your fists in the air and conjunct with them for a United World Rebellion.

The EP will also contain as bonus tracks covers of Queen and Aerosmith classics. Asking why they chose the cover songs the band stated, “These songs fit seamlessly into the subject matter of United World Rebellion: Chapter Two. They both have that ‘get up and fight’ attitude. These songs were from our youth that meant a lot and as far as we know, no one has covered them, and more important, the songs are still exciting and fit perfectly with the attitude of all other songs on the album.”

Skid Row were showered with gold and platinum awards, their debut album sold over 5 million copies in the US alone, but not resting on their laurels, Skid Row is one of the hardest working bands ever. They’ve been around for more than 25 years and are still going strong.

‘Rise Of The Damnation Army – United World Rebellion: Chapter Two’ track listing:
1. We Are The Damned
2. Give It The Gun
3. Catch Your Fall
4. Damnation Army
5. Zero Day
Bonus tracks:
6. Sheer Heart Attack (Queen)
7. Rats In The Cellar (Aerosmith)

 

Joe Elliott’s Down ‘N’ Outz Release “Rock And Roll Queen” Video

Down ‘N’ Outz, the project fronted byDef Leppard singer Joe Elliott, have premiered their new video “Rock And Roll Queen”. The song is the first single off of the new album ‘The Further Adventures Of…’, a collection of songs connected to Mott The Hopple.

Shot at “The Corporation” in Sheffield on May 12th, 2014, the video was directed by Lee Ford. “Shooting a video in a dark, dirty and seedy nightclub in Sheffield brought back some great memories of being at such a club watching bands as a teenager,” says Elliott. “The perfect setting for the Down ‘N’ Outz to blast through some fantastic retro rock!”

The Down ‘N’ Outz project was born in 2009 when Mott The Hoople re-formed and asked long-time friend and fan Joe Elliott to get involved. Elliott formed Down ‘N’ Outz with The Quireboys’ Paul Guerin (guitar), Guy Griffin (guitar) and Keith Weir (keyboards), together with Phil Martin (drums). Together they looked to bring songs by Mott The Hoople and spin off projects of Mott, Ian Hunter and British Lions to a wider audience. ‘The Further Adventures Of…’ was recorded at Joe Elliott’s own studio Joe’s Garage.

 

Slash’s ‘World On Fire’ Coming In September

Slash's 'World On Fire' Coming In SeptemberSlash and his bandmates Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will release their new album ‘World On Fire’ on September 15 via the guitarist’s own label Dik Hayd International.

Artwork for ‘World On Fire’ was designed by American contemporary artist Ron English. Featuring the blazing title track as the first single, the disc marks Slash’s third solo album and second one with his band featuring Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass).

For ‘World On Fire’, Slash and his band tapped Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus) to produce. Among the 17 songs is an instrumental — a powerful new turn for the band.

‘World On Fire’ is the follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed ‘Apocalyptic Love’, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, earned Slash two #1 U.S. rock radio hits (his first ever solo) with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun”, and was voted the third best album of the year by Sleaze Roxx readers.

Slash officially began recording as a solo artist with his self-titled 2010 debut album which employed a different vocalist on each track including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedy among others.

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will be touring Europe and the United Kingdom in 2014. Tickets go on sale on Friday May 30th, visit slashonline.com for a complete list of dates.

 

Ace Frehley Premieres New Solo Track “Gimme A Feelin”

Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was finishing up ‘Space Invader’, his first solo album in five years, around the time he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now, with the album’s release date of July 8th a little over a month away, the Spaceman is sharing the hard-rocking first single “Gimme A Feelin'” with Rolling Stone.

Aside from the music, ‘Space Invader’ has another through-line to Frehley’s days with his old band: Ken Kelly — the artist who created the sleeves for KISS’ most popular records, 1976’s Destroyer and 1977’s Love Gun — designed the album’s cover. The album also contains a rendition of the Steve Miller Band’s 1973 song “The Joker”, and Frehley has compared its sound overall to that of his 1978 self-titled solo album, which contained the hit “New York Groove”.

“I’m really excited about this record, because everybody that’s heard the tracks just says they think some of the tracks are even better than (Frehley’s 2009 album) ‘Anomaly’, and even showing another side of me,” Frehley told Rolling Stone in March.

He also said at the time that he was planning an album of cover songs similar to his take on “The Joker”, and although he wouldn’t name the songs he wanted to include, he offered up a list of musicians he hoped would contribute to the album. “(I want to) get some celebrity guests to play on it, some of the covers and stuff, get Slash, Mike McCready, my buddy from Pearl Jam. The list is endless,” he said. “I might even get Gene (Simmons) to play bass on a track.”

 

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AOR and Melodic Rock News on 17/05/2014

PRE-ORDER SOUND OF ETERNITY AND MRCD12 NOW:
You can now pre-order Visions & Dreams, the debut album from Spanish melodic hard rock band Sound Of Eternity, to be released June 16 via MelodicRock Records.

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Sound of Eternity is a female fronted melodic rock band formed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras in 2013 by Jean Funes (Guitars) and Beatriz Aranda, the lead vocals from Cordoba, Spain. Its background comes from the band “Codigo Eterno”, which makes melodic rock in Spanish since 2004, and was formed by guitarist Jean Funes. The debut album “Visions & Dreams” is filled with passionate songs inspired by melodic rock acts like Def leppard, White Heart and Petra, also modern rock bands like Skillet, Anberlin and Fireflight.
It was mixed and mastered by Erik Martensson (W.E.T., Eclipse, Jimi Jamison), who plays bass and keyboards on the album. Also with Andreas Passmark (Narnia, Rob Rock, Work of Art) on bass, as a guest studio musician. The cover artwork is made by Carl Andre Beckston (Monowasp) and booklet design by Nello Dell’Omo from Art For Music.
Sound Of Eternity is: Beatriz Aranda – Vocals and BGV, acoustic Guitars; Jean Funes – Electric Guitars; Rui Prado – Drums / Guest Studio Musicians: Erik Martensson – Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals; Andreas Passmark – Bass.

NEW FRONTIERS SPOT:
Frontiers Records April 2014 Releases Spot featuring: Winger, Sebastian Bach, Three Lions.

MR. BIG SINGER ANNOUNCES UK SOLO ACOUSTIC TOUR:
Eric Martin – The Voice of Mr. Big will play nine dates across the U.K this December forming an exclusive UK tour that includes a date at The Underworld, London (Friday 12). The tour will begin with a Scotland Exclusive at Bannerman’s, Edinburgh on Dec 4 and will then visit Newcastle, Grimsby, Bolton, Sheffield, Chester, London and Birmingham before closing in Swansea, Wales on Dec 14. Tickets on sale this Mon 19 May.
The Mr. Big front man will be performing a crowd pleasing mix of his solo material along with Mr. Big hits that fans all over the world have grown to love throughout their career.

U.K Solo Acoustic Tour Dates & Venues:
Thurs 4 Dec – Bannerman’s Bar – Edinburgh
Fri 5 Dec – The Think Tank? – Newcastle
Sun 7 Dec – The Yardbirds – Grimsby
Mon 8 Dec – The Railway Club – Bolton
Tues 9 Dec – The Corporation – Sheffield
Thurs 11 Dec – The Live Rooms – Chester
Fri 12 Dec – The Underworld – London
Sat 13 Dec – The Oobleck – Birmingham
Sun 14 Dec – Static – Swansea

“My bags are packed and I’m ready to go; plane ticket to the UK…. check, Acoustic guitar…check, money for beer. Check, EM/MR. BIG fan’s?” he said “Anywhere, everywhere, up and over, sideways, down… there’s no place I’d rather Rock than with you in the UK.”ќ
In 1985 and 1987 Eric released “Eric Martin”ќ and “I’m only fooling myself”ќ solo efforts, which are lathered with Eric’s signature soulful voice and candid lyrics. 
In 1988-89, Eric would team up with Billy Sheehan, Pat Torpey and Paul Gilbert to form Mr. Big. They would enjoy enormous success with the release of 6 studio albums, numerous hit singles and 6 top-selling live cd’s. All combined, worldwide sales top the 7 million mark. Eric’s third solo album, “Somewhere in the middle”ќ was written during the two-year hiatus from Mr. Big and released in 1998 in Asia and Europe. During the summer of 2001, Eric and the rest of the Mr. Big guys released their last effort, “Actual Size.”ќ In between promoting and preparing for Mr. Big’s 2002 “Farewell Tour”ќ, Eric continued to record songs for his fourth solo cd. He promised a return to his “rawk roots”ќ and he definitely did so with the album, “I’m Goin’ Sane”ќ which gathered excellent critics and was released in Asia, Europe and The US in late 2002. After the success of a Japan tour, a European “Gods Festival”ќ and a 23 city US tour, Eric decided to go back into the studio to record “Pure,”ќ a EP that covers his hits in an unplugged and stripped acoustic form. 
In early 2004 brought Eric back into the studio to record “Destroy All Monsters”ќ which would be released in Japan, Europe, The US and the most recent, South America. The album sound is something Eric calls “Distorted Pop”ќ with a focus on his rock roots. In 2008 Eric joined forces with an all-star group including Mark Slaughter, The Nelson Brothers, Jack Blades and Kelly Keagy to form the supergroup, Scrap Metal. Scrap Metal plays shows whenever each guy has some time off of their individual careers.
Mr. Big regrouped with all original members for a worldwide reunion tour in 2009. They had so much fun that they decided to release a new album. “What If”ќ dropped in 2010 and reviewers raved about the 4 members creating their original sound with a current feel. The guys set out on another world tour and are currently writing for their next album. 
Moving to more recent times, in 2012, one of the largest rock operas in the world contacted Eric to be featured on their new album. Avantasia is a German based rock opera born to Edguy front man, Tobias Sammet. Eric traveled for six months with Avantasia covering Asia, Europe, South America and Canada. Eric has been asked to join the band for their next tour starting at the infamous Waken open-air festival in front of 80,000 concert goers this summer.
“Keep Calm & Unplug your TV set, your kids, the bullshit.. Don’t let life get in the way, EM unplugged in the UK in December….See you then!”
Ticket prices regionally start from Ј10.00 (London Ј15.00). Please check with your local venue box office for further details or visit Eric’s official website www.EricMartin.com.

BIG CELEBRATION FOR AXEL RUDI PELL:
July 11, 2014 will see Axel Rudi Pell celebrate his 25th Anniversary as a solo artist by performing a very special show at the prestigious Bang Your Head Festival, in Balingen, Germany.
Today Axel reveals all the secrets:

“This year we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of my solo career, my first solo album Wild Obsession came out in 1989. Therefore, we will play a very special and unique Show at the Bang Your Head!!!ќ Festival in Balingen, Germany, on July 11th to celebrate this and we will headline the festival on that day! 
This will be no regular show by far! Of course we will play a lot of songs with the recent AXEL RUDI PELL line-up featuring Johnny Gioeli, Bobby Rondinelli, Ferdy Doernberg, Volker Krawczak and myself, but this will only be 1/3 of the complete show approx… As this year also sees the 30th Recording Anniversary of my former band Steeler (the first record was released in 1984), we will reunite in the original Line-Ups (Peter Burtz, Tom Eder, Jan Yildiral and both Bassplayers Roland Hag and Volker Krawczak) to perform a couple of songs for you. The reunion will only happen on that day and it will be an exclusive one-off!
Furthermore we will have a few ARP vintage members there and we’re proud to announce that both Vocalists Rob Rock and Jeff Scott Soto among original Drummer Joerg Michael will enter the stage too to play a few older ARP tracks!
As this ain’t enough … Lol…, I invited some other musical guests and friends to play a few cover tracks together and I’m really proud to announce the following guests in no particular order:

Graham Bonnet (ex- Rainbow, -MSG, -Alcatrazz), Joe Lynn Turner (ex- Rainbow, -Deep Purple, -Yngwie Malmsteen) Doogie White (ex- Rainbow, -Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock) John Lawton (ex- Uriah Heep, -Lucifers Friend), Tony Carey (ex- Rainbow), Vinny Appice (ex- Black Sabbath, -Heaven & Hell, -DIO).
Be there at this very very special Show, which will be a lifetime event and will last for more than 3 hours. Have fun!”

Axel Rudi Pell released a new video for the song “Long Way To Go”, taken from the latest chart album “Into The Storm”. The video was directed by Tim Assmann: youtu.be/3tLsZa7wk6Q.
WebLinks: www.axel-rudi-pell.de / www.spv.de.

RUBICON CROSS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO FOR “BLEED WITH ME”:
The majority of hard rock bands that manage to break through to the masses do so with a killer video clip. And Rubicon Cross has a worthy one on their hands with Bleed with Me, off their fast-rising self-titled album, of which a “deluxe edition” will be available for purchase on May 19th exclusively through BestBuy (which comes with a poster and bonus tracks): www.bestbuy.com/site/rubicon-cross-deluxe-only–best-buy-with-bonus-tracks-poster-cd.

Shot in Racine, WI, the band (which is comprised of CJ Snare/vocals, Chris Green/lead guitars, Jeff Lerman/second guitar, Simon Farmery/bass, and Robert Behnke/drums), had this to say about the video shoot – “I can’t believe we did it! The “‘Bleed with Me’ video seemed jinxed at every turn. We had about five venues cancel on us before a friend [Brett Ihde – director of sales at Magnificent Events] came through with the abandoned warehouse less than two days before we started shooting. What we accomplished in 48 hours made us wonder how bands even use to spend $300,000 on a video. Thanks to friends and colleagues, we came up with a video we’re incredibly proud of, and the help we received only reinforced the message of the song, when you have a band of brothers, anything is possible!”

And according to the band, other highlights of the shoot included:
–The amount of red brick dust in the factory coated every bit of our equipment.
–Behnke’s drums were shot in a service elevator.
–The lighting was created by volunteers waving lights above the drums.
–Simon the bass player refused to go in a room with spiders so was shot in a hallway.
–The band shot a “Hello Cleveland” tribute to Spinal Tap that day, soon to be released.
–CJ’s flight was so held up in traffic that the band had shot the drum AND bass shots already by the time he got there.
–Expecting nothing, Brett Ihde had laid on full catering including, sandwiches, cold meat buffet, chips, candy, large bottle of Jager, vodka, Jack, crate of Guinness and crate of lager (these got consumed during the process of the video).
–Band started drinking at 11am.
To see for yourself what all the buzz is about surrounding the “Bleed for Me” video, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFneEfoJbn8.
And also be sure to check out the making of the “Bleed with Me” video: youtu.be/YOVY3Vb64Bc.
For more info, visit: www.rubiconcross.net / www.facebook.com/rubiconcrossband.

SHAKRA NEED A VOCALIST:
Swiss rockers Shakra are without a vocalist. Tis from the band: John leaves Shakra! We are saddened by the fact that John has decided to leave us. We are losing an incredibly great singer and band member. With his loveable, quiet character, he has given us much pleasure during the past four years. We unfortunately have to accept his decision, and wish him well for his future! Now, we’re forced to search for a new singer… You singers out there, get in touch with us if you wanna commence a new era! Thom, Thomas, Roger, Dominik.

Statement by John: “After many sleepless nights, I realized that SHAKRA is no longer priority No.1 in my life. With mixed feelings I remain today. I’m gonna miss my band members and the whole crew a lot, but I’m also looking forward to what’s coming after my time as a Rock singer. If and how I’m gonna make music in the future has not yet been dediced.”
WebLink: www.shakra.ch/en/news.html.

SUPER DUPER DVD DUE:
New York, NY (May 15, 2014)–Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the DVD, Blu-ray and Deluxe Limited Edition Boxed set release of the critically acclaimed Banger Films documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper on June 3 [MSRP $14.98 DVD, $19.98 Blu-ray, $69.98 Deluxe Edition].
Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this past April, Super Duper Alice Cooper is the first ever “doc opera” film, presented with a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation, and rock opera. The film was also screened in theatres nationally in late April.

Super Duper Alice Cooper is the twisted tale of a teenage Dr. Jekyll whose rock n’ roll Mr. Hyde almost kills him. It is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher’s son who struck fear into the hearts of parents as Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. From the advent of Alice as front man for a group of Phoenix freaks in the 60’s to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the 70s to his triumphant comeback as 80s glam metal godfather, we will watch as Alice and Vincent battle for each other’s’ souls. Alice’s story is told not only by the man himself, but through exclusive interviews with members of the original Alice Cooper band, Elton John, Iggy Pop, John Lydon, and Dee Snider.
Super Duper Alice Cooper is the creation of Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn at Banger Films, producers of Iron Maiden: Flight 666 (2009 SXSW Audience Choice Winner) and Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage (2010 Grammy-nominated and Tribeca Audience Choice Winner), and much-lauded filmmaker Reginald Harkema, winner of the TIFF Special Jury Prize for his film Monkey Warfare.
The 13th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 16 to April 27 at locations around New York City. For more information on Super Duper Alice Cooper, please visit www.SuperDuperAliceCooper.com or like the Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/superduperalicecooper.

NEW SHOWCASE:
A new Showcase has been added to the site for the excellent debut Seven album, due out June 23 via Escape MusicCheck it out.

AOR and Melodic Rock News on 13/05/2014 Part II

Oh Captive drop new video and stand alone single

Rising Bristol post-punk quartet ‘Oh Captive’ have nationally unleashed their debut EP ‘Advance Creature’ and they now charge forward with their brand new stand alone video single ‘Tricking Us’ on Monday 12th May, view it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-MwVnpTwbY 

Hailing from the South West, Oh Captive produce innovative music that rails against the din of predictability and still rings true with compelling clarity. Sparking glowing comparisons to the likes of Coheed & Cambria and Twin Atlantic, Oh Captive have crafted a sound of their own.

Originally formed less than two years ago, Oh Captive cut their teeth with countless hours in grimy rehearsal rooms before BBC Devon Introducing beckoned in early 2013. By the year’s end, Oh Captive had shared stages across the UK with Sonic Boom Six, Straight Lines, Max Raptor, Sharks, Blitz Kidz, I Divide and Scholars. The foursome fully honed their songs in the live arena in anticipation for completing a debut EP that would prove to startle and sparkle in equal measure.

The post-punk outfit have just released their debut EP ‘Advanced Creature’, which has already picked up widespread national praise. Big Cheese Magazine have featured the band in their April 2014 issue with an exclusive interview and Rocksound have recently reviewed the record and have placed a track on their covermount CD. The EP has already notched up key online and radio support, notably from XFM. Now with their brand new stand alone single in the shape of ‘Tricking Us’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-MwVnpTwbY ), which is out on 12th May , the foursome are set to hit new heights, and with UK shows in the pipeline throughout the year, just watch them soar.

www.facebook.com/ohcaptive

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Zoltar Speaks release new video single from debut album

Rising female-fronted Brit metal crew ‘Zoltar Speaks’ have just released their explosive debut album ‘Save As I Save’ and now the melodic metallers set loose their new video single ‘Nothing In The World’ on Monday 12th May.

Pulling from everyone from the likes of Avenged Sevenfold and Iron Maiden to Coheed and Cambria, Zoltar Speaks are here to shake your world with a sound that merges both fiery and majestic vocals with hearty riffs and elephantine choruses.

Formed in 2009 and bursting out of the rural plains of Somerset, Zoltar Speaks are fronted by enigmatic vocalist Louise Body, with Ben Dean hammering at the drums, Simon Roocroft providing the backbone on bass, and Daniel Pratt and Jason Coles shredding it up on the guitars. The unstoppable five-piece have built up an army of dedicated followers fuelled by extensive touring throughout Southern England and Wales where they notched up supports with Idiom and Malefice. The release of the band’s debut EP ‘Treatment’ further increased their national profile, and now with the launch of their new full length album ‘Save As I Save’, the ascending metal crew are set to soar.

The south west melodic metal crew’s debut album ‘Save As I Save’ features twelve stunning slabs of cutting metal and has already racked up critical acclaim from Big Cheese, Metal Hammer, Rocksound and Powerplay. Metal Hammer in particular have been very supportive of the band by placing a track from the record on their cover CD. The band now surge forward with the release of the video single ‘Nothing In The World’, out this May and the cut is destined to grace TV screens.

++ ZOLTAR SPEAKS RELEASE ‘NOTHING IN THE WORLD’ ON MONDAY 12th MAY,

THE VIDEO CAN BE VIEWED HERE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKuimZxl5gk ++

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Canadian’s No Sinner release new video and announce UK tour dates

Canadian rockers NO SINNER have just launched the official video for their song Runnin’ to coincide with their “Save Your Soul”  UK Tour.  Watch the video on YouTube

In February 2014, Classic Rock Magazine listed No Sinner as one of their “Bands To Watch in 2014”.  Says Classic Rock, “Runnin’ hits notes of the Stooges and T-Rex just as comfortably as it has echoes of Etta James or The Supremes.”

Selected by Amazon UK for their 2014 “New and Emerging Artists” campaign, No Sinner follows in the footsteps of 2013’s featured bands (Haim, Daniel Avery and Chvrches).

The new video for Runnin’ is taken from the song of the same name, taken from debut album Boo Hoo Hoo, and precedes the band’s next single, Love Is A Madness,  released in the UK on May 26.

No Sinner – “Save Your Soul” UK Tour

Manchester’s Dot To Dot Festival            Friday 23rd May

Bristol’s Dot To Dot Festival                        Saturday 24th May

Nottingham’s Dot To Dot Festival            Sunday 25th May

Leeds Brudenell Social Club                       Tuesday 27th May

London Garage, Islington                             Thursday 29th May

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Metallica confirm Glastonbury and Sonisphere apperances

Metallica have added one more show to their European summer tour.   They had made no secret of the fact that there was still one live music festival on their wish list that had eluded them . . . until now!  It is with a great deal of pride that they announce they will be headlining the Pyramid Stage at  Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, June 28th!  The band said “There is such a vibe at Glastonbury and it’s maybe the most quintessentially English festival, so when we finally got that call to visit Worthy Farm, we just had to reply with a resounding “YES!” “Glastonbury is the largest green field festival in the world and over the forty plus years of its existence, a widely diverse group of artists have graced the stage including Paul McCartney, Oasis, David Bowie, U2, Muse, Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, Neil Young, Jay-Z and so many more.  We’re psyched and honored to be among the first hard rock bands to hit the Pyramid Stage and join this prestigious group.”  Michael Eavis commented  “Metallica are one of the most popular bands in the world! And they really are a phenomenal live act. This a band that can sell out stadiums in pretty much every country on the planet. From Newlyn to Newcastle on my travels, all through the years, people keep asking me, “When are Metallica going to play?” There’s a huge swathe of people who love Metallica to bits and just think they’re absolutely amazing. They’re worthy headliners!

As previously announced the band will also make a welcome return to the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth House on Sunday July 6th.  As a special tribute to their fans, the multi-platinum award-winning band has introduced “Metallica By Request”, the ultimate interactive concert experience.

Fans who purchase tickets online will be invited to vote on the songs Metallica will play at the show – giving them the chance to help build their dream set list from 30+ years of Metallica’s material and close to 140 recorded songs to date. Metallica’s traditional 18-song set will include the 17 top voted songs and, as the band did not want to be left out of the fun, they get to vote for the 18th slot, which will be a brand new song. Visit http://www.metallica.com for more details on the voting process.

The band confirmed the Glastonbury appearance will not be a “By Request” night, “guess we’ll have to go back to writing the set list ourselves!  For those of you looking for the By Request show or a second dose of ‘Tallica, we will be just down the road a week later at Knebworth for Sonisphere Festival on July 6th, which we thought might be our only chance to visit the U.K. this summer until the Glastonbury call came in last week.  Hope to see you at both!”

About Metallica

Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica have become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide and played to millions of fans all over the world. They have scored several multi-platinum albums, including 1991’s Metallica (commonly referred to as “The Black Album”), which is the best selling album in history of Soundscan scanning 16 million albums in the United States alone. Their latest album, Death Magnetic, was certified platinum just six weeks after it debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in October 2008. Death Magnetic charted at #1 in 32 countries. Metallica have also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Most recently the band spent 18 months touring and developing the staging for their groundbreaking 3D feature film Metallica Through The Never. Last summer, Metallica unveiled a brand new stage in Mexico City that featured iconic elements that spanned its 30-year career and is featured in the film. They played eight shows to nearly 180,000 fans at the Sports Arena in Mexico City . Starring Dane DeHaan, the film features dazzling pyrotechnics, the most elaborate live-performance stage ever built, state-of-the-art 3D photography captured on up to 24 cameras simultaneously and pioneering and innovative sound mixing. Metallica Through The Never was the first feature film to be released exclusively by IMAX in all of its theaters. The film was released on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, digitally, and V.O.D. (Video On Demand) in January this year through Blackened Recordings.

Hard Rock Hell announces 10 more bands to it’s line-up

LA psychedelic rockers Bigelf and Sweden’s Stoner rock act Truckfighters join a wealth of great new talented bands added to the line-up for this year’s Hard Rock Hell 8. Other acts added include the much raved about Aussie rock act Massive, Polish rockers Chemia, Sweden’s The Black Marbles & female shredders Thundermother and The Brew, Piston, More and Buffalo Summer from the UK.

For links of the above mentioned acts check out the below

Truckfighters – Desert Cruiser

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLMPA4xPFpg

Bigelf – The Evils of Rock & Roll

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fpkEsGMOHU

Massive – One by One

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d1siVN-H7g

Chemia – Bondage of Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1s6VIJWmjI

The Brew – Repeat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhOIbj92wKs

They join already announced acts WASP, Blue Oyster Cult, Michael Schenker & Y&T for what promises to be one of the best line-ups to date.

The line-up so far:-

Blue Oyster Cult

WASP

Krokus

Michael Schenker (Temple of Rock)

Y&T

Bigelf

Truckfighters

Vardis

Diamond Head

Bonafide

Electric Mary

Grifter

Thundermother

The Brew

Massive

Buffalo Summer

Heavy Metal Kids

More

Chemia

Carousel Vertigo

The Black Marbles

Piston

For more details and tickets go to www.hardrockhell.com or call 0203 287 6684

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The Quireboys announce 30th anniversary, Black Eyed Sons, UK Tour

Following three sold out intimate shows to mark the start of their 30th anniversary, The Quireboys will embark on a 5 month world tour which will commence with a long awaited return to The US & Canada early August.

They will be back mid November for the UK leg, which goes on sale this weekend. Expect new material from the forthcoming Black Eyed Sons, triple pack, rarities plus all the classics.

Special guests for the UK, will be Hispanic Blues Rock legends, Vargas Blues Band, who have recently signed to The Quireboys label, Off Yer Rocka Recordings.

UK dates can be found below

15th November: The Tivoli, Buckley

16th November: Academy3, Manchester

20th November: The Garage, Glasgow

21st November: The Limelight, Belfast

23rd November: The Riverside, Newcastle

26th November: O2 Academy, Islington, London

28th November: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

29th November: The Corporation, Sheffield

30th November: Thekla, Bristol

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