22/12/2014 - NIGHTWISH TO RELEASE "ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL"

Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH will release their new album, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", on March 27 in Europe and March 31 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork for the CD was created by the band's longtime collaborator Toxic Angel.

 

"Endless Forms Most Beautiful" features eleven new songs and will be released in different formats:

* Standard CD
* Digibook (including instrumental CD)
* 2LP (vinyl in gatefold) in different colors
* Earbook (including instrumental and orchestral CD)
* Earbook (deluxe version including bonus vinyl)
* Download

 


22/12/2014 - PHIL RUDD: "I AM RETURNING TO AC/DC"
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, who has been out on bail for nearly two months on charges of possessing cannabis and methamphetamine and threatening to kill, spoke to ONE News for the first time since his arrest, calling the charges against him "ludicrous."

"This has just been a big ball of cheese and all the rats are gathering and having a piece, that's just life, but that's not who I am," Rudd told ONE News.

"I want my job back, I want my reputation back, and I'm gonna get it back. I'm gonna fucking take it back.

"I'm going back to work with AC/DC. I don't care who likes it or who doesn't.
 
 




22/12/2014 - JOE COCKER DIES

Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, has died aged 70. The singer song-writer from Sheffield had a career lasting more than 40 years with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong. His agent Barrie Marshall confirmed that he had died of an undisclosed illness. He said he was "simply unique" and "it will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts."

 

 


21/12/2014 - SAVATAGE TO CARRY ON AFTER WACKEN FESTIVAL...?

Classic American metal band SAVATAGE, which was active from 1978 until 2002, will reunite for an exclusive European appearance at next year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 30 - August 1, 2015 in Wacken, Germany.

Asked in a brand new interview with Vanyaland if SAVATAGE has any plans for beyond Wacken for either live shows or new material, SAVATAGE guitarist Chris Caffery said: "I'm gonna put it this way: for 12 years, 13 years, I've been waiting for my band to play again. We're playing again. I don't know what's going to happen after that [laughs], but there were people that were putting a fork in it, and we're getting up and not just running a marathon, were running in the Olympics with this festival being what it is. I'm not going to make any predictions, but let's just say there's a possibility that something more will happen after Wacken — that's all I can say. And nothing would make me happier."


20/12/2014 - SCORPIONS TO UNLEASH "RETURN TO FOREVER" ON THE 20th OF FEBRUARY

German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS will release their new album, "Return To Forever", on February 20 in Europe, according to the band's French fan club Crazyscorps.

The track listing for the CD is as follows:

 

01. Going Out With A Bang
02. We Built This House
03. Rock My Car
04. House Of Cards
05. All For One
06. Rock 'N' Roll Band
07. Catch Your Luck And Play
08. Rollin' Home
09. Hard Rockin' The Place
10. Eye Of The Storm
11. The Scratch
12. Gypsy Life
13. The World We Used To Know (bonus deluxe edition)
14. Dancing With The Moonlight (bonus deluxe edition)
15. When The Truth Is A Lie (bonus deluxe edition)
16. Who We Are (bonus deluxe edition)
17. Delirious (bonus iTunes)

 

Formats:

 

* CD standard: 12 songs, 12 page booklet
* Limited edition: 24 page booklet, 4 bonus songs
* LP limited edition: Double LP (12 songs)
* 50th Birthday box: limited collector's edition with ecobook (16 songs) + 2CD
* Audiobook (interviews track by track), t-shirt exclusive, post-card, EP, USB key, pass backstage

 

 


20/12/2014 - JEFF SCOTT SOTO FORMS...SOTO!

Jeff Scott Soto — one of today's premier rock frontmen and vocalists — and a union of hotshot young musicians bring you a slamming blend of melody and muscle in some of the freshest power metal to surface in years present. Together they are SOTO, and their debut album, "Inside The Vertigo", will blow your mind away. Due on January 30, 2015 on earMUSIC, the CD is described in a press release as "a neurotic blend of power metal, prog, groove-laden huge guitars, hooks and production.". SOTO is comprised of Jeff's most current solo band: Jorge Salan (lead guitar), BJ (keyboards, guitars), David Z (bass) and Edu Cominato (drums).


20/12/2014 - FLOTSAM AND JETSAM ADDS NEW DRUMMER
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM has announced the addition of drummer Jason Bitter (SHADOWS FALL) to the group's ranks. Bittner joins the veteran Arizona metallers as the replacement for Kelly Smith, who recently left the band to focus on family matters.



19/12/2014 - SCORPIONS CELEBRATES 50th ANNIVERSARY WITH TOUR

The Scorpions will celebrate their 50th anniversary pretty much the same way they’ve spent all the other ones: on the road.

The band has announced the first dates for its upcoming half-century celebration, which begins with a May 8 show in the Czech Republic and runs through spring 2016. Although there’s a significant number of stops on the tour, they’re also fairly spaced out, presumably allowing for additions along the way — and although the entire itinerary at present is restricted to Europe, there’s definitely room on the calendar for North America if the band sees sufficient demand.

Ticket information for the shows can be found at the official Scorpions website. Take a look at the complete list of currently announced dates below.

 

Scorpions 50th Anniversary Tour Dates
5/08 – Pardubice, Czech Republic
5/09 – Lodz, Poland
6/20 – Clisson, France
6/21 – Dessel, Belgium
7/18 – Sion, Switzerland
7/19 – Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, France
7/25 – Maidstone, United Kingdom
8/15 – Eckernförde, Germany
8/21 – Coburg, Germany
11/28 – Zurich, Switzerland
2016 Dates
3/14 – Stuttgart, Germany
3/16 – Munchen, Germany
3/18 – Dortmund, Germany
3/19 – Mannheim, Germany
3/21 – Hamburg, Germany
3/23 – Berlin, Germany
3/24 – Leipzig, Germany
3/26 – Frankfurt, Germany

 

 

 


19/12/2014 - YES CRUISE WITH SPECIAL GUEST STARS

Yes will embark on their third annual Cruise to the Edge next fall, and they’re taking some friends along for the voyage.

ABC News Radio reports that the band’s next cruise, which follows similar expeditions in March 2013 and April 2014, will begin on Nov. 15, 2015, departing from Miami.

On their four-day sail, which is scheduled to visit Key West and “a private island in the Bahamas,” the band will be joined by a long roster of guests and support acts that includes Marillion, Saga, Allan Holdsworth, Nektar and Caravan; in addition, plans call for “a special pre-cruise concert” on Nov. 14 in Miami, “featuring a special guest performer, as well as a late-night jam.”





19/12/2014 - WESTERN SAND RELEASE VIDEO/SINGLE "DARK HORSE"

Western Sand release their single and video ‘Dark Horse’ from their latest EP ‘ Cut You Down To Size’.

Tyler Hains comments “ Dark Horse was the perfect way to open the EP. It’s  upbeat, full of riffs and has a big chorus with plenty of lyrical meaning. It gives you an understanding of what Western Sand is all about. We are really happy with the video, it captures the energy we portray live and has a great old school southern rock feeling.”

Check out Dark Horse here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtO_7eAQaII&list=UUW2ROM63y8PrpKXcgG-X7yQ

The band start their tour today as exclusive support for Michael Schenker.

Tour Dates December 2014

 

10th - Newcastle 02 Academy
11th - Glasgow ABC
12th - Nottingham Rock City
13th - Manchester Ritz
15th - Leeds 02 Academy
16th - Wolverhampton Robin
17th - Norwich Waterfront
19th - Bristol 02 Academy
20th - London Shepherd's Bush Empire
 
 
 

 


19/12/2014 - DARK FUNERAL'S NEW LINE UP

Long-running Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL have announced the addition of frontman Heljarmadr and bassist Natt to the group's ranks.

 



18/12/2014 - JOAN JETT TO OPEN FOR THE WHO

Newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Jett and her Blackhearts will open for the Who‘s 50th anniversary tour when it hits North America next year.

The tour will land in the U.S. on April 15, three days before Jett is officially inducted into the Rock Hall at a ceremony in Cleveland. The first date is in Tampa, with Miami the following night; the tour will resume the night after Jett’s induction in Jacksonville, Fla.




18/12/2014 - SKYNYRD TO REISSUE 6 FIRST VINYLS

six-album vinyl box set will collect all of Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s classic-era studio and live LPs, packaging them together for the first time.

Each album, originally released between 1973-77, features exact reproductions of the original artwork and will be pressed on 180-gram audiophile vinyl. Simply titled ‘Lynyrd Skynyrd,’ the set is due on Jan. 26.

Skynyrd made their debut in 1973 with ‘Pronounced ‘Leh-’nerd ‘Skin-’nerd,’ a Top 30 hit that included four of the group’s best-loved Southern-rock favorites: ‘Gimme Three Steps,’ ‘Simple Man,’ ‘Tuesday’s Gone’ and ‘Free Bird.’ A consistent seller, the album eventually went double platinum in 1987.

Second Helping,’ from 1974, has enjoyed similar sales success — as did 1977′s ‘Street Survivors,’ the fifth and final studio effort featuring founders Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins, who were killed with guitarist Steve Gaines and others in a tragic plane crash shortly after the album’s release.

The new box also includes 1975′s ‘Nuthin’ Fancy,’ and ‘Gimme Back My Bullets’ and ‘One More From the Road,’ both released in 1976. The latter, which went triple platinum, is Lynyrd Skynyrd’s only live album featuring Van Zant. Skynyrd reformed in the late ’80s, building a new lineup around founding member Gary Rossington and Ronnie’s brother Johnny Van Zant.




18/12/2014 - MICHAEL ANGELO LIVE IN GREECE THIS FEBRUARY

18/12/2014 - EPICA LIVE IN GREECE IN MARCH

17/12/2014 - ERIC SINGER NOT INTERESTED IN BEING IN KISS WITHOUT SIMMONS AND STANLEY

During a brand new interview with "The Cassius Morris Show"KISS drummer Eric Singer spoke about the possibility of the band one day carrying on without any original members, including main songwriter Paul Stanley.

"Everybody has broached that subject, meaning, like, fans… I'm sure you guys have heard comments through the years, the past few years, by people saying, 'Oh, I can see KISS without Gene [SimmonsKISS bassist/vocalist] and Paul,'" Eric said. "Me personally, I'm not saying it's not possible, but I doubt it will be with me… What I mean is I don't think I would wanna do that; that's what I'm saying.

"To me, Gene and Paul have always been the main cogs in the machinery, if you will, of KISS. And I mean that with no disrespect to Ace [Frehley, original KISS guitarist] and Peter [Criss, original KISS drummer], who started the original band [as] those four, and anyone that's been in the band. '

 

 


17/12/2014 - HELSTAR ANNOUNCES PERMANENT BASSIST

As most you guys know, Helstar has experienced many lineup changes throughout the years.  It happens, not just to us, but to almost every band out there.  For the last album cycle, we made the decision to carry on as a four piece band and only have session bass players record or perform live shows.  However, we have recently come to a juncture where we feel that as a band we need stability and we need to be a complete band again.  After much thought, there was only one person that we felt could come in and not only kick ass on bass, but also be an intricate part of this band.  We are very excited to officially announce the new bass player for Helstar, Garrick Smith!  Over the past year, Garrick has been our touring bassist here in the US, so many of you have already seen and heard him.  He’s a monster on stage, as well as a monster player!

 


17/12/2014 - FRANK BELLO ON WORKING WITH HELMET

Frank Bello had this to say on leaving ANTHRAX in 2004 and joining HELMET:

Bello: "There was a time… It's just like a marriage. Sometimes marriages… and hopefully I'll be all right with my marriage. [Laughs] I'm married 16 years now. God forbid! My wife, from day one, she's always been the love of my life. Not to get mushy and stuff, but it just works, and I'm happy with that. So, at the end of the day, I needed a break [from ANTHRAX]. They needed a break from me, I needed a break from them. It was at a time where… it was obvious. So we decided to take a little break from each other. I went to go jam with HELMET for a year and a half of fucking the best fun, man. Dude, I was so drunk and so… Just about a year and a half with the guys I love. Page HamiltonJohn Tempesta and Chris Traynor, we had a ball. Great musicians in that group — absolutely great musicians. And you know what?! I think it made me a better bass player. It made me dig in with a pick, and it was a different form of playing for me. And I really enjoyed it. Everything is meant for a reason, but that was a great time in my life."


16/12/2014 - DEF LEPPARD NEW ALBUM ALMOST READY

DEF LEPPARD is hard at work on its first new studio album since 2008's "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge". The Pulse Of Radio caught up with drummer Rick Allen who shed some light on the sessions at frontman Joe Elliott's studio in Ireland. "We've actually been recording for quite a while. I've been over to Joe's place on two occasions now, for extended periods. We've got a good 16 or 17 songs that I would say, when I left were 80, 85 percent [done]. So, I know there's another session coming up. I think I'm pretty much done with my parts.".  The Pulse Of Radio asked Allen why he's comfortable letting the band go in and finish up tracks without him being present. "I don't think we need to go into that kind of expense, and with technology these days, it's fantastic," he said. "Once I've been over there, I've been in the room, seen the whites of their eyes — y'know, we've all worked together. The finishing touch is really all it's about. It's just technology and working in my own studio at home and just sending the files over."


16/12/2014 - YARDBIRDS BREAK UP ONCE AGAIN

More than 20 years after the band’s reunion — and weathering countless lineup changes along the way — the Yardbirds appear to be back in limbo, at least temporarily.

Drummer Jim McCarty, who’s been the group’s sole mainstay throughout more than 50 years of on-and-off activity, shared the news of this latest shake-up on Facebook, writing a Dec. 6 post that filled fans in while offering some assurance that the band will continue in some form.

“The Yardbirds as a band has continued to evolve through the years with great musicians playing all around the world,” McCarty wrote in the post. “The current lineup of the group will be parting ways at the end of the year, and I will be working on solo ventures and other Yardbirds projects in 2015. I would like to thank Ben, Andy, Dave and Top for all their support through the years and wish all Yardbirds fans a great Christmas and prosperous 2015!”


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