JUNE 22nd 2016
MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE 2017 BAND ANNOUNCEMENT
Summer is here and as you may have already heard...we have added an artist to the 2017 Monsters of Rock Cruise!

TNT will be sailing this February...Tony Harnell and Ronni LeTekro onstage together and celebrating the 30th Anniversary of TELL NO TALES!

Word from the TNT camp is Tony and Ronni have locked themselves away in their studio in Norway writing and recording a new TNT CD!



Cabins are going fast...Don't miss what will be the ultimate Rock N' Roll Super Bowl party sailing the seven seas!! Book your Rock vacation or learn more at: monstersofrockcruise.com.

#MonstersOfRockCruise #MORC2017 #RockNRollCruise #CaribbeanCruise #MORCruise #SuperBowl

We look forward to seeing you aboard! Make plans to attend the Greatest Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Cruise of All Time...Monsters of Rock!
 
Your Monsters of Rock Cruise Team
reservations@monstersofrockcruise.com


JUNE 22nd 2016
NECRONOMICON ANNOUNCE SUMMER CANADIAN TOUR
Unleashing their new album 'Advent of The Human God' this past March via Season of Mist, Canadian death metal masters NECRONOMICON will be hitting the road for their first headlining tour across Canada since 2011 with support from technical death metallers Abiotic and epic death metal quartet Vesperia. The 'Okkultis In Canada Tour' will kick off in Ottawa, ON on August 4th and head as far west as Vancouver to wrap up back east in Oshawa, ON on August 27th. Following the Canadian tour, NECRONOMICON will meet up with Swedish black metallers MARDUK plus label mates Greece's extreme metal titans ROTTING CHRIST and Dutch symphonic black metal trio CARACH ANGREN for their USA September tour.

NECRONOMICON's Rob The Witch comments:

"After spending these last 4 years mostly in US while on tour, we decided that it was about time to hit the road at home. We'll be touring Canada for "Advent of the Human God" with the brutality of Abiotic and our Ontario brothers Vesperia. We are cranked up to see old friends and new ones and can't wait to see all of you this coming August before joining Marduk, Rotting Christ and Carach Angren for our September US tour. See you soon."

To listen to the full stream of 'Advent of The Human God', please visit the following link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLArAJlC1y55_sXr0kj-1FIxK4_kEYJ06c

Album order available at http://smarturl.it/NecronomShop


'Okkultis In Canada Tour':
8/4 - Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
8/5 - St. Catherines, ON @ Detour Music Hall
8/6 - Windsor, ON @ Windsor Beer Exchange
8/7 - London, ON @ Call The Office
8/9 - Sudbury, ON @ The Asylum
8/12 - Thunder Bay, ON @ Crocks
8/13 - Brandon, MA @ North Hill Inn
8/14 - Winnipeg, MA @ The Park Theatre
8/15 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
8/16 - Lethbridge, AB @ Inferno Nightclub
8/17 - Edmonton, AB  @ Filthy's
8/18 - Kelowna, BC @ Muninn's Post
8/20 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
8/21 - Prince George, BC @ Generator Cabaret
8/22 - Calgary, AB @ Distortion
8/23 - Saskatoon, SK @ O'Brian's Event Centre
8/26 - Timmins, ON @ The Working Class
8/27 - Oshawa, ON @ The Atria

JUNE 22nd 2016

GHOST ANNOUNCE POPESTAR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Swedish Metallers, GHOST have announced an upcoming fall North American tour to the clergy on the official Ghost, but also The Nameless Ghouls facebook pages. Check out the statement below and take a look at the tour poster for a date near you. A link to the presale tickets has been made available as well.

[MESSAGE FROM THE CLERGY]
We wish to inform you that Ghost has announced the POPESTAR North American Tour. Fan pre-sale tickets are available as of today, and select shows will include a digital download of new music that will be made available the day their Fall rituals begin. Get tickets to your ritual before the general public does this Friday, June 17th.

 Presale at: http://ghost-official.com/


JUNE 14th 2016

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH AND PAPA ROACH ANNOUNCE FAN-DEMANDED CANADIAN TOUR
 With 10 #1 singles and over 25 Top 10 singles between them, millions of video streams and fans all over the globe, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and PAPA ROACH have been dominating the airwaves throughout their careers. Both bands—who have been heralded, by fans and press alike, as having killer live shows—have come together to co-headline Canadian arenas from coast to coast for the first time this fall, presented by Mascioli Entertainment and Evenko with $1 of each ticket sold being donated to a wildfire relief charity organization soon to be announced.



Exclusive 5FDP/PR demand ticket & VIP pre-sale start Tuesday 6/14, 10:00am EST
HMV Exclusive Pre-sale Wednesday 6/15, 10:00am EST
Local venue & radio pre-sale kick off Thursday, 6/16, 10am local time
General Public Onsale Friday, 6/17, 10am local time

For tickets, more info and details on FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, PAPA ROACH and SIXX:A.M. VIP package offerings, go to http://www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com/tour and http://paparoach.com/events and http://sixxammusic.com

Says Mike Mascioli, CEO of Mascioli Entertainment: “I will never lose my passion for buying and promoting national tours, especially when bands like Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach stay loyal by sticking with independents like myself. And with the massive success of this same tour in the States and Europe, I'm thrilled to be able to bring them to Canada!" Daniel Glick, Director of Concerts & Events for Evenko adds: “Fans spoke and we listened. We worked really hard with both bands to make this happen. They’ve been on our must-have list for a while now and announcing this tour is very exciting. We look forward to seeing Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach this fall in Canada”.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and PAPA ROACH actively involved the fans by giving them the opportunity to request the tour come to their city via a “demand campaign” housed at http://demand.fivefingerdeathpunch.com/ and http://demand.paparoach.com/
An overwhelming 60,000 Canadian fans responded to the call to action and made their voices heard. Zoltan Bathory (guitar) of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH states: “We took this Demand Campaign everywhere. We had huge success with it in the USA, and in Europe it even won the “Arena Tour Of The Year” award… It’s not surprising in a way as it is inclusive of the fans - they vote and we are listening. What a concept, right? Nobody learns from talking, you learn from listening.” “When we did this tour last year in the USA, it was truly the Best Tour Ever. We heard from so many of our Canadian fans that really wanted to see this show – so we’re bringing it to them. Really cannot be more excited to go back – even heading east of Quebec. This is one show you won’t wanna miss.” Says PAPA ROACH vocalist, Jacoby Shaddix.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH AND PAPA ROACH previously co-headlined American and European arenas to great success last Fall and won the prestigious “Arena Tour Of The Year” award from the German Promoters Association.

Special guests on the tour will be SIXX:A.M., whose single, “Rise” is currently #3 on the Canadian Rock Chart. Their recent April 29 global release of Prayers For The Damned, Vol. 1, debuted at #1 on the US Independent Album Chart, #2 on the US Rock Albums Chart, #7 on Canada’s Billboard Top 200 Chart, and in the Top 5 Album Chart around the globe. Vocalist James Michael says: "We've been getting tremendous support for our new single “Rise” from the fans and from Canadian radio. We are thrilled to be touring Canada this fall with FFDP and Papa Roach!"

Support comes from newcomers FROM ASHES TO NEW who will play songs from their debut Better Noise Records release, Day One, including “Through It All” and “Lost And Alone”, to audiences all across Canada.
Five Finger Death Punch’s highly acclaimed sixth album, Got Your Six, hit new sales heights for the band around the world with its September 2015 debut, amongst them a #3 debut in Canada. In the U.S. it claimed the #1 spot on the Top Album chart, #1 on the Overall Digital Album chart, and #1 on the Hard Music Album chart, as well as #2 on the Billboard Top 200, and sold 115K in the first week of release. This was the first #1 Album for the Las Vegas hard-rockers. Impressive chart numbers also rolled in from Australia, Germany, Sweden (#5) and the UK (#6), to name a few. Five Finger Death Punch have grown exponentially in just a few years, racking up 16 consecutive US top 10 hits, five #1 hits, four gold and one platinum album. With the release of 2013’s The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1 (recently certified gold) and Volume 2, the band created continuous new content with which they outsold the majority of bands in their genre, selling 2 million albums over the past three years in North America alone. The band is currently taking Got Your Six around the world touring throughout 2017. For more info on the band, visit: www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com

PAPA ROACH released their 8th studio album F.E.A.R. in January of 2015 which featured the #1 single, “Face Everything And Rise”, and the Top 5 single “Gravity” featuring Maria Brink of In This Moment. As of June, the band has headed back into the studio to create their 9th studio album, reinvigorated by F.E.A.R.’s success and the incredible tour cycle that followed, and eager to bring fans more music. “Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix is the human equivalent of an energy drink. He is a firecracker who also happens to be keenly self-aware, candid to a near-fault… but he hasn't lost any of the spark that helped propel Papa Roach to multiplatinum status...” says Alternative Press. 2015 marked the 15th Anniversary of Infest the band’s breakthrough album, which has sold over 8 million albums to date.

SIXX:A.M. is Nikki Sixx, Dj Ashba, and James Michael. Their current album, Prayers For The Damned, Vol. 1, debuted at #1 on the US Independent Album Chart, #2 on the US Rock Albums Chart, #7 on Canada’s Billboard Top 200 Chart, and in the Top 5 Album Chart around the globe. The band has spent most of 2016 on the road playing major U.S. and European festivals during which they initiated a surprise call toaction for fans to gather somewhere near the venue for an intimate impromptu acoustic set, using the hashtag, #sixxamhitandrun across their social media platforms for location details. Canadian fans can expect the band to continue this tradition on the tour.

FROM ASHES TO NEW come fresh off their debut Better Noise Records release, Day One. Their modern take on alternative music that integrates rapping seamlessly, FROM ASHES TO NEW have been on the road since their inception, traveling with bands including Hollywood Undead, Papa Roach, In This Moment, Five Finger Death Punch, All Time Low, and PVRIS to name a few. Their hit-single, “Through It All”, spent multiple weeks at #1 on Sirius XM Octane, climbed to the Top 10 at Rock Radio, and amassed over 4.5 million individual streams, making them a clear contender in the rock scene today. Prior to this highly-anticipated tour, the band will be bringing Day One to the masses all summer long on Vans Warped
Tour 2016, beginning June 24th. Best summarized by Alternative Press, “FROM ASHES TO NEW bring nukes to a genre where everyone is playing with firecrackers.”

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH & PAPA ROACH
SIXX:A.M.
FROM ASHES TO NEW
CANADA 2016 DATES*:

Friday, September 9, 2016 ABBOTSFORD BC ABBOTSFORD CENTRE
Saturday, September 10, 2016 PENTICTON BC SOUTH OKANAGAN CENTRE
Sunday, September 11, 2016 CALGARY AB GREY EAGLE CASINO
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 LETHBRIDGE AB ENMAX CENTRE
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 REGINA SK BRANDT CENTRE
Friday, September 16, 2016 MEDICINE HAT AB CANALTA CENTRE
Saturday, September 17, 2016 EDMONTON AB REXALL PLACE
Sunday, September 18, 2016 SASKATOON SK SASKTEL CENTRE
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 WINNIPEG MB MTS CENTRE
Friday, September 23, 2016 OSHAWA ON GM CENTRE
Saturday, September 24, 2016 LONDON ON BUDWEISER GARDENS
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 MONCTON NB MONCTON COLISEUM
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 HALIFAX NS SCOTIA BANK CENTRE

* look out for additional dates to be announced in the near future


JUNE 13th 2016

FAITH NO MORE REISSUE DEBUT ALBUM
Faith No More’s landmark debut, We Care A Lot, which was initially released in 1985 and has been out of print for 20 years, sees an Aug. 19 reissue via Bill Gould’s Koolarrow Records.
 
“This was an album that started as a demo, before any label had any interest in us,” explained Faith No More bass player Bill Gould. “There were a couple of reasons we decided to release this now: first of all, it’s been 20 years since it has been commercially available. Secondly, when cleaning out my basement, I discovered the original master reels, and we all thought that resurrecting this from the original tapes would be a great way to reintroduce We Care A Lot into the world. Lastly, this has been a band effort; we are releasing this in the same way as we recorded it, deciding everything amongst ourselves and getting our hands deep into the nuts and bolts… just like we used to.”
 
The original 10-song album, remastered by Maor Appelbaum via the original reels Gould eluded to, is enhanced with nine bonus tracks including demo versions (taken from the original 8-track tapes) of “Greed,” “Mark Bowen,” “Arabian Disco” and “Intro,” live versions of “The Jungle” and “New Beginnings” and new mixes, via Matt Wallace, of “We Care A Lot,” “Pills for Breakfast” and “As The Worm Turns.” Liner notes from keyboard player Roddy Bottum and behind-the-scenes photos will be included with the physical release.
 

We Care A Lot arrived in November 1985 via Maximum RocknRoll editor Ruth Schwartz’s Mordam Records. The seminal album, boasting the timeless title track, which can still be heard daily on radio stations worldwide, confounded music fans and critics alike. As Pitchfork said in a 2015 article dubbed “The Misunderstanding of Faith No More,” the unpredictable and hard-to-define band “had radically altered the parameters of popular music years before the fabled alternative revolution.” Rolling Stone called it a "raw punk album" while Select Magazine dubbed it "a lustful marriage of mutoid metal and dance floor verve."
 
“When strangers ask what Faith No More is I’ve always said, ‘well, it’s kind of an art band…’ I say that mostly to distance us from the hard rock world that we’re often times lumped into. I mean, hard rock, sure, that was part of it, but our roots most definitely and pointedly stem from a specific freakout art time and place in San Francisco, a time that no longer exists. In 1982, the hippies mingled with the punks, the artists hung out with the musicians, the dance people and the punks were one and the Satanists and the sexual pioneers… all part of the same scene,” Bottum explains, colorfully setting the scene for the original inspiration for the band and We Care A Lot. “That weird SF window provided a platform from which we were free to express and cultivate a really uniquely odd sound experience. In Los Angeles, no one really cared much, but SF was always super supportive, encouraging us, directly and not, to get our collective freak on.”
 
“We felt like it was time to take the next step,” adds drummer Mike Bordin. “We raised as much money as we were able and booked time at Prairie Sun Studios just north of San Francisco. I can’t remember how long it took us to record the album, but not a lot, maybe a few days. The songs were sharp from having played most of them at various shows.  Very stripped down, basic as could be.  The place was on a farm in chicken country (Petaluma). Hard work, but a ton of fun too.”
 
We Care A Lot (Deluxe Band Edition) track list:
 
1. We Care A Lot
2. The Jungle
3. Mark Bowen
4. Jim
5. Why Do You Bother
6. Greed
7. Pills for Breakfast
8. As The Worm Turns
9. Arabian Disco
10. New Beginnings
11. We Care A Lot – 2016 Mix
12. Pills for Breakfast – 2016 Mix
13. As The Worm Turns – 2016 Mix
14. Greed – Original Demo
15. Mark Bowen – Original Demo
16. Arabian Disco – Original Demo
17. Intro – Original Demo
18. The Jungle – I-Beam, SF, 1986
19. New Beginnings – I-Beam, SF, 1986


JUNE 12th 2016 
SEPTICFLESH ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND BACK CATALOGUE REISSUE
 
SEPTICFLESH are currently revealing that the work on their next full-length masterpiece is already in full swing. The Greek demons state: "We are proud to announce that SEPTICFLESH are in the middle of the writing process for the follow up to our latest  album 'Titan'. We will work with Swedish producer Jens Bogren at Fascination Street studios. Our new drummer Krimh will be appearing for the first time on a full recording. We can promise you a dark opus that will add new dimensions to the sound of SEPTICFLESH."

You can expect a grandiose album that is targeted for release in early 2017. More news coming soon.
 SEPTICFLESH band picture 2016
On further news, SEPTICFLESH are finally completing the reissuing of their back catalogue via Season of Mist with the re-release of their acclaimed fifth full-length 'Revolution DNA' (1999), which has been scheduled for August 5.


The new exclusive artwork by French artist Adrien Bousson, which the band explicitly approves as well as the track-list of 'Revolution DNA' can be viewed below.
 SEPTICFLESH Revolution DNA cover

1. Science
2. Chaostar
3. Radioactive
4. Little Music Box
5. Revolution
6. Nephilim Sons
7. DNA
8. Telescope
9. Last Stop To Nowhere
10. Dictatorship Of The Mediocre
11. Android
12. Arctic Circle
13. Age Of New Messiahs
14. Misery's King (bonus track)
15. The Thief Of Innocence (bonus track)
16. Telescope (bonus French version)
 SEPTICFLESH band picture
Photo-credit: Math Studio - Edit: Seth Siro Anton
 
With the eagerly and long awaited re-release of 'Revolution DNA' (1999), Season of Mist is now completing the reissuing of SEPTICFLESH's back catalogue. The acclaimed fifth full-length of the Greek demons was essentially a logical continuation and sharpening of the formula of its well-received predecessor 'A Fallen Temple' (1998). Their unique amalgamation of elements taken from death and gothic metal (meaning bands such as MOONSPELL and TIAMAT) with added experimental and progressive touches was taken to a new level.

While dropping the female vocals of previous releases, their captivating duels between Seth's harsh growls and Sotiris' emotional clean voice intensified. SEPTICFLESH's talent for dark atmospheres and avant-garde experimentation without losing ground contact reached a new height. It had been an adventurous musical journey that led from their savage debut EP 'Temple of the Lost Race' (1991) to the daring course taken by 'Ophidian Wheel' (1997), and through the widening of the horizon with 'A Fallen Temple' to the depths of 'Revolution DNA'. Coming from the safe harbour of traditional death metal, SEPTICFLESH soon entered more challenging waters by adding classical elements as represented by their first two full-lengths 'Mystic Places of Dawn' (1994) and 'Esoptron' (1995). Their third album 'Ophidian Wheel' witnessed the Greeks experimenting with the possibilities offered by original Gothic Metal as defined by PARADISE LOST's album 'Gothic' (1991) and the use of beautiful female vocals contrasting with harsh growls.

SEPTICFLESH were conceived by Christos and Spiros "Seth" Antoniou in Athens in the year 1990. The brothers were soon joined by guitarist Sotiris Vayenas. The debut EP 'Temple of the Lost Race' (1991) laid the foundation of a steadily rising career, which was only interrupted by a hiatus as the band members decided to go separate ways after the release of 'Sumerian Daemons' (2003). Continuous demand of their large and loyal following finally lead to a reunion in 2007, after which SEPTICFLESH firmly established themselves as a leading force of symphonic Dark Metal with critically acclaimed masterpieces 'Communion' (2008), 'The Great Mass' (2011), and 'Titan' (2014).

'Revolution DNA' comes with new artwork by Adrien Bousson approved by the band, exclusive liner-notes by Olivier "Zoltar" Badin, and bonus tracks, which were not available on the original release. The back catalogue of SEPTICFLESH will soon be completely available from Season of Mist.

www.facebook.com/septicfleshband
www.septicflesh.com

Style: Dark Metal

Recording line-up 'Revolution DNA'
Spiros "Seth" Antoniou: bass, vocals (harsh)
Sotiris Vayenas: guitars, vocals (clear), lyrics
Christos Antoniou: guitars, samples
Akis "Lethe" Kapranos: drums

Current line-up
Seth Siro Anton: bass & vocals
Christos Antoniou: guitar & orchestral arrangements
Sotiris Anunnaki V: guitar & clean vocals
Kerim 'Krimh' Lechner: drums & percussion



JUNE 10th 2016
MIDGARDSBLOT ADDS 4 BANDS TO LINE-UP AND MORE
For the second time MIDGARDSBLOT METAL FESTIVAL will be held at Borreparken, Horten, Norway 18th – 20th of august. A three-day open-air festival with folk, pagan and blasting metal, true Vikings, family activities and a beer festival. Last years’ festival received acclamations from both the audience, media and industry so everything is set for a ferocious follow-up in 2016!

4 new bands are confirmed for this year’s line-up!
The Mesopotamian black metal thrashers MELECHESH, Swedish Viking metal veterans MÅNEGARM, local black metal heroes KIRKEBRANN and newcomers BLOT are added to this year’s line up.


MELECHESH
http://midgardsblot.no/en/artists/melechesh.php

MÅNEGARM
http://midgardsblot.no/en/artists/manegarm.php

KIRKEBRANN
http://midgardsblot.no/en/artists/kirkebrann.php

BLOT
http://midgardsblot.no/en/artists/blot.php

Together with Wardruna, Enslaved, Skuggsjá, Inquisition, Tsjuder, Skalmöld, Hamferd, Folket Bortafor Nordavinden and L.E.A.F, this year’s Midgardsblot offers the best mix of folk, pagan and blasting extreme metal! For more info on bands please visit our website at    
www.midgardsblot.no/en/artists

Day program and tickets:
The festival starts with the opening of the camping area and the Gildehall at Thursday, live concerts and full festival program Friday and Saturday. Only access to Thursday with the full festival pass, day tickets to Friday and Saturday for sale now!

Tickets:
3 day festival pass: 1450,- NOK
Day tickets Friday and Saturday 740,- NOK
Access to Thursday is only possible with the 3 day festival pass
Tickets on sale here: http://pub.ticketmobile.no/Events/46871/11132

Remember to attend our event on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1673293732942469/

THURSDAY:
Warm up and pre party in the Gildehall
Bands and DJ’s TBA
Only access with full festival pass.

FRIDAY:
Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik’s SKUGGSJÁ
ENSLAVED
INQUISITION
SKÁLMÖLD
HAMFERD
FOLKET BORTAFOR NORDAVINDEN
Gildehallen special guest: TBA

SATURDAY:
WARDRUNA
TSJUDER
MELECHESH
MÅNEGARM
KIRKEBRANN
BLOT
L.E.A.F
FOLKET BORTAFOR NORDAVINDEN
Gildehallen special guest: TBA
-    And more bands to be announced soon!

For more info on bands please visit our website at:
www.midgardsblot.no/en/artists


JUNE 7th 2016

ALICE COOPER HITS THE ROAD WITH NEW NIGHTMARE
Kicking off his 2016 tour in Biloxi, MS on April 29 and touring almost continually right up to Halloween, in Los Angeles, Alice Cooper brings to his fans an updated show -- “Spend the Night With Alice Cooper” -- and brings his own brand of rock psycho-drama to fans both old and new, enjoying it as much as the audience does. Known as the architect of shock-rock, Cooper (in both the original Alice Cooper band and as a solo artist) has rattled the cages and undermined the authority of generations of guardians of the status quo, continuing to surprise fans and exude danger at every turn, like a great horror movie, even in an era where news can present real life shocking images.

Alice pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock.  Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors. He continues to tour regularly, year in and year out, performing shows worldwide with the dark and horror-themed theatrics that he’s best known for.

Alice’s catalog of hits and anthems, including “I’m Eighteen,” “No More Mr Nice Guy,” School’s Out,” “Elected,” “Poison,” and others, are featured in his live show, along with a mix of newer songs, album cuts, and a sequence of cover songs, tributes to his "dead drunk friends," that inspired a spin-off group, the Hollywood Vampires with friends Johnny Depp and Joe Perry.

Alice’s touring band features the three guitar attack of Nita Strauss, Tommy Henriksen and Ryan Roxie, backed by longtime bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel.

As he heads back out on the concert trail with his own band or with The Hollywood Vampires, Cooper insists he’s still motivated to continue touring and recording albums, as well as making time for his most recent projects, including The Hollywood Vampires, as well as narrating the CD/interactive iphone & ipad app "Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood,’  an updating of the iconic story and classic music masterpiece, and also contributing guest vocals to Wish You Were Here Symphonic, an orchestral re-imagining of Pink Floyd's classic music.

For the Hollywood Vampires, Cooper and good friend Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of the original Hollywood Vampires should live again (minus the drinking).  Cooper and Depp were joined by Joe Perry, an old friend of both, and producer Bob Ezrin, and the recording became a tribute to the original Vampires, featuring a host of special guest appearances. Their new album and tour offer fans non-stop, energetic rock with their single “Bad As I Am”  as well as renditions of popular classics including “My Generation,” “Whole Lotta Love,” and a “School’s Out”/“Another Brick in the Wall” medley.
 
For Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood, (Giants Are Small and Deutsche Grammophon/UMC), Alice Cooper lends his storytelling skills as the narrator for a combination of classical music, visual wonder, and digital play that brings an invigorating new perspective to Prokofiev’s classic. Audiences of all ages are able to experience the legendary story of the resourceful Russian boy in multiple formats as well as an immersive, interactive experience of an iPad and iPhone app designed especially for children (age 5-8).

Marking the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s seminal album Wish You Were Here, Decca/UMC released a new symphonic reworking of the classic record Wish You Were Here Symphonic. Alice Cooper takes on vocal duties on classic tracks such as ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘Welcome to the Machine,’ with Rick Wakeman on keyboards, the London Orion Orchestra, and guitarists Stephen McElroy and Dave Fowler from Australian Pink Floyd.  Wish You Were Here Symphonic was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, where Pink Floyd recorded the original album.

As if that wasn't enough, “Nights With Alice Cooper,” Alice’s nightly radio show, is available in nearly 100 cities in the USA, Canada, Australia, and the UK. The five hour long show features his favorite classic rock songs along with his insider anecdotes about many of the artists. With his influence on rock & roll long since acknowledged, his place in rock history and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame secure, and his multiple gold & platinum albums, sold-out tours plus countless honors and career achievement awards, there is little that Alice Cooper hasn’t achieved in his remarkable career.

ALICE COOPER TOUR  
 
April 29        Biloxi MS            Beau Rivage
May 2          Nashville TN            Jackson Theatre
May 4          Peoria IL            Civic Center Theater
May 5          Merrillville IN            Star Plaza Theater
May 6          Columbus OH            Express Live!
May 8              Concord NC            Carolina Rebellion
May 10        New Brunswick NJ        State Theatre
May 12        Port Chester NY        Capitol Theatre
May 13        Wilkes-Barre PA        FM Kirby Center
May 14        Lynn Ma                Memorial Auditorium
May 15        Morristown NJ        Mayo Performing Arts Center
May 17        Warren OH            Packard Music Hall
May 19       Ft Wayne IN            Foellinger Outdoor Theatre
May 20        Pittsburgh PA            Stage AE
May 21       Rama, ON            Casino Rama
June 9          Pratteln, Switzerland    Z7
June 11        Nickelsdorf, Austria        Nova Rock Festival
June 12        Ljubljana, Slovenia        Hala Tivoli
June 14        Milan, Italy                Alcatraz
June 16        Tel Aviv, Israel        Bloomfield Stadium
June 18        London, England         Stone Free Festival
June 20        Tilburg, Netherlands        O13
June 21        Brussels, Belgium    Cirque Royal
June 23        Copenhagen, Denmark      Copenhell
June 24        Halden, Norway        Tons of Rock Festival
Aug 6        Kalamazoo MI        Wings Event Center
Aug 7        Louisville KY        Palace Theatre
Aug 9        Huntsville AL        Von Braun Center
Aug 10        Atlanta GA        Symphony Hall
Aug 12        Ft Lauderdale FL    Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Aug 13        Clearwater FL        Ruth Eckerd Hall
Aug 14        Orlando FL        Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Aug 16        Tallahassee FL        The Pavilion at the Center of Tallahassee
Aug 17        New Orleans LA        Saenger Theatre
Aug 19        Oklahoma City OK    The Criterion
Aug 20        Abilene TX        Taylor County Coliseum
Aug 21        Austin TX        ACL Live @ The Moody Theatre
Aug 23        Houston TX        Revention Music Center
Aug 24        Grand Prairie TX    Verizon Theater
Aug 26        Tucson AZ        AVA Amphitheater
Aug 28        Las Vegas NV        Psycho Las Vegas fest @ The Joint @ The Hard Rock Hotel
Oct 4        Toledo OH        Stranahan Theatre
Oct 5        Indianapolis IN        Murat Theatre
Oct 6        Milwaukee WI        Milwaukee Theatre
Oct 8        Omaha NE        Ralston Arena
Oct 9        Bemidji MN                Sanford Center
Oct 11        Winnipeg MB        Burton Cummings Theatre
Oct 12        Regina SK                    Conexus Arts Centre
Oct 13        Lethbridge AB        Enmax Centre
Oct 15        Calgary AB                    Markin MacPhail Centre
Oct 16        Penticton BC        South Okanagan Event Center
Oct 18        Victoria BC        Q Centre
Oct 19        Vancouver BC        Queen Elizabeth Centre
Oct 22        Portland OR        Keller Auditorium
Oct 25        Reno NV        Grand Sierra Resort
Oct 26        San Francisco CA    Warfield Theatre
Oct 28        Valley Center CA    Harrah's Resort
Oct 29        Indio CA        Fantasy Spring Casino Resort
Oct 30        Hollywood CA        Pantages Theatre

HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES TOUR

May 24        Verona NY            Turning Stone Arena
May 27        Lisbon, Portugal        Rock In Rio Festival
May 29        Herborn, Germany    Hessentag Festival
May 30        Stockholm, Sweden    Grona Lund
June 1         Horsens, Denmark    The Prison
June 3         Krakow, Poland
June 6         Bucharest, Romania    Romexpo Park C
June 7         Sofia, Bulgaria        Arena Armeec Sofia
July 1         Bethlehem, PA        Sands Bethlehem Event Center
July 2         Mashantucket, CT      Foxwoods Casino
July 3         Atlantic City, NJ     Borgata Event Center  
July 5         Milwaukee, WI         Summerfest  
July 7         Aurora, IL        River Edge Park
July 8         Orillia, ONT          Casino Rama
July 9         Niagara Falls, ONT     Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
July 10         Brooklyn, NY         Coney Island Amphitheater
July 12         Kettering, OH          Fraze Pavilion
July 13         Mt. Pleasant, MI    Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
July 14         Cadott, WI          Rock Fest
July 16         Clarkston, MI          DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 18         Fargo, ND        Scheels Arena
July 22         Rohnert Park, CA    Weill Hall
July 23         Jacksonville, OR      Britt Pavilion
July 24         Saratoga, CA          The Mountain Winery
July 25          Paso Robles, CA      Mid State Fair  

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JUNE 7th 2016

VOLBEAT ANNOUNCE TOUR 2016

Danish/American rock 'n' rollers VOLBEAT have announced a massive North American tour kicking off at Rise Above Fest in Bangor, Maine and including an appearance with METALLICA and AVENGED SEVENFOLD at the first-ever rock show in the brandnew U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There will also be appearances at Heavy Montreal in Montreal, High Elevation in Denver, Colorado and Rock Allegiance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Special guests KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and BLACK WIZARD will support VOLBEAT throughout the tour.
VOLBEAT newly announced tour dates:
Aug. 08 - Brooklyn, NY - Coney, Island Amphitheater
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Aug. 11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
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Aug. 12 - Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Theater
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Aug. 13 - Columbus, OH - Express Live
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Aug. 15 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater
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Aug. 16 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
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Aug. 21 - Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center – Exhibition Hall
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Aug. 23 - Des Moines, IA - 7 Flags Event Center
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Aug. 24 - Brookings, SD - Swiftel Center
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Aug. 25 - Fargo, ND - Scheels Arena
#Aug. 27 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
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Aug. 28 - Regina, SK - Exraz Place
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Aug. 30 - Calgary, AB - Grey Eagle Event Center
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Sep. 05 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater
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Sep. 06 - Spokane, WA - Star Theater @ Spokane Arena
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Sep. 07 - Boise, ID - Taco Bell Arena
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Sep. 09 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex*
* Support: KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and BLACK WIZARD
 # Support: BLACK WIZARD
Every ticket includes a copy of VOLBEAT's new album, "Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie", as either a digital download or CD (+ postage). If you've already purchased the album, you can gift your free copy!
Presale begins Tuesday, June 7 at 10 a.m. local time. Log on to your Rebels & Angels account and click the Exclusive tab for the presale password.


JUNE 4th 2016

IRON MAIDEN RELEASE LIVE VIDEO FROM BOOK OF SOULS TOUR
 
British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN have released an official performance video for the song "Death Or Glory", taken from their latest album, "The Book Of Souls". Check it out below.



IRON MAIDEN guitarist Dave Murray told Music Radar about the songwriting process for "The Book Of Souls": "On previous albums we've usually gone into a rehearsal room for maybe a couple of weeks and maybe have four or five songs under our belts. Then we'd go into the studio and start recording, and the rest of the material would be written while we were there. But this time we went in there with a blank page and a bunch of ideas.

"It was a really fun experience because it keeps you on your toes," he added. "You have to be really sharp. We're scribbling guitar chords down, melodies and harmonies, changes… basically we were flying by the seat of our pants because we never knew what was coming next. But it was wonderful how things kept flowing."

IRON MAIDEN guitarist Adrian Smith said that he and singer Bruce Dickinson played an active part in songwriting proceedings.

"This time I did a couple of things with Bruce too," Smith explained to Total Guitar. "I thought I'd try writing shorter songs, like 'Two Minutes To Midnight' and 'Can I Play With Madness', with just Bruce and I. We haven't done that since I've been back in the band [Smith rejoined MAIDEN with Dickinson in 1999]. Maybe with 'Wickerman' we did it [from 2000's 'Brave New World']. So that was different. He came over before we started recording and we wrote 'Speed Of Light' and 'Death Or Glory'."

IRON MAIDEN's world tour, in support of the band's latest album, "The Book Of Souls", kicked off on February 24 in Sunrise, Florida (a suburb of Fort Lauderdale).

JUNE 4th 2016
SLIPKNOT POSTPONES SELECT DATES OF UPCOMING US TOUR
The first two weeks of SLIPKNOT's North American tour with MARILYN MANSON have been posted after SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor was forced to undergo "an unplanned spinal surgery." The trek, which also includes OF MICE & MEN, in the opening slot, will now begin on June 28 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Taylor's statement on the postponement reads as follows:

"Regretfully, I'm sending this to our fans to inform you that we will be postponing the first couple of weeks of our upcoming U.S tour. Unfortunately, I had to undergo an unplanned spinal surgery. I am recovering nicely, and all went well! I need a little recovery time before hitting the stage. We will start the summer tour in Nashville on June 28 and continue as previously scheduled. An update on the rescheduled dates will be available in the next few days. I hope you all understand and thanks for always having my back!"

Affected dates:

Jun. 09 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
Jun. 11 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
Jun. 13 - Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion
Jun. 14 - Inglewood, CA - The Forum
Jun. 15 - Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Jun. 17 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
Jun. 18 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion
Jun. 19 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
Jun. 21 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Jun. 24 - Austin, TX - Austin 360 Amphitheater
Jun. 25 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
Jun. 26 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman

SLIPKNOT is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", which sold 132,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart.


JUNE 4th 2016
RAMMSTEIN PERFORM NEW SONG AT ROCK IN VIENNA
Video footage of German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN performing a brand new song, presently only known as "Ramm 4", during their June 3 performance at the Rock In Vienna festival in Vienna, Austria can be seen below. The track, which was also played Thursday night at the Gods Of Metal festival in Monza, Italy, contains lyrics that seem to be a combination of various titles of previous RAMMSTEIN songs.

RAMMSTEIN last year released a 21st-anniversary box set, a numbered, career-wide collection titled "XXI". The set included the band's six studio albums, produced by Jacob Hellner and remastered onto 180-gram heavyweight double vinyl by Svante Forsbäck, as well as a separate rarities double LP, "Raritäten", including a previously unreleased version of the track "Los".



RAMMSTEIN hasn't made a new CD since 2009's "Liebe Ist Für Alle Da".

MAY 17th 2016
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME AND
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT ANNOUNCE FALL TOUR
Two of progressive metal's most influential bands will join forces for the "Transcending The Coma Tour" this fall: BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT have plotted a co-headlining run, with FALLUJAH as support.
Tickets will be on sale on Friday, May 20 at 10:00am local time online or through local venue ticket outlets; see below for all dates.

Sept. 09 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works

Sept. 10 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm

Sept. 11 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza
Sept. 12 - Charlotte, NC - Amos' Southend

Sept. 13 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore Silver Spring

Sept. 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre Of Living Arts

Sept. 16 - New York, NY - Playstation Theater

Sept. 17 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium +Sabaton
Sept. 21 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall

Sept. 22 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall

Sept. 23 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues

Sept. 24 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
Sept. 25 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom
Sept. 27 - New Orleans, LA - The Joy Theater
Sept. 29 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live

Oct. 05 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
Oct. 06 - Los Angeles, CA - The Novo

Oct. 07 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
Oct. 08 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl (no DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT)
Oct. 09 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
Oct. 11 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory (no DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT)
Oct. 12 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory

Oct. 13 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom

Oct. 14 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME will perform its most recent album, "Coma Ecliptic", in its entirety on this tour. This will be the first time the album will be performed live in full. Bassist Dan Briggs offers his thoughts and says: "The songs on 'Coma Ecliptic' came together in 2014 (and some of them even earlier than that), so it feels amazing to finally present the album live in full, the way it was intended to be heard. It's our most theatrical album yet  and we'll be looking to bring that element to the stage as best we can; not to mention how great it will be to share the stage with Devin and crew again."  "Coma Ecliptic" was, once again, an ambitious concept album for BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME. This time, the story followed the wanderings of an unidentified man, stuck in a coma, as he journeys through his past lives.
Each song was its own episode in a modern day, sort of "The Twilight Zone"-esque fashion. The unidentified man enters each world and is offered a choice: stay, or move on to the next in search of something better, something more "perfect."



MAY 12th 2016

SLAYER RELEASES TOUR DATES FOR NORTH AMERICA
Slayer, with Special Guest Anthrax and Death Angel, will join forces this fall for a seven week North American beat down.  The dates start in Cleveland on September 9 and will hit both major and secondary markets across the continent.  Confirmed dates are below.  The Slayer Fan Club Presale starts at 10:00AM local time on Tuesday, May 10, and the general on-sale begins this Friday, May 13 at 10:00AM local time.  For all ticket purchasing and VIP packages details, log onto http://slatanicwehrmacht.com/tour

Said Slayer's Kerry King, "It's always super fun for us to tour with Anthrax.  Frank is one of my best friends in the biz!!  Put that together with Death Angel, and fans will probably see the best package this year.  See you there!"

Check out the tour's video clip here:



Fans will hear their favorite Slayer songs from the band's 30-year plus discography, as well as a few of the newer songs from Repentless, named "The Metal Album of the Year" by Guitar World.  Slayer and Anthrax stormed through Europe together last fall, amassing a string of sensational live reviews, so North American fans, this will be a night of metal music that should not be missed.

"We are very excited to tour again with our fellow Kings Slayer on a thrash/metal extravaganza," said Anthrax's Charlie Benante.  "Two of the Big Four - now that's a night of metal for all the Kings and Queens!"

Added Mark Osegueda from Death Angel, "We are thrilled and honored to be part of this amazing North American touring package.  Slayer/Anthrax/Death Angel - it just looks, sounds and feels right.  This will be Death Angel's first-ever tour with Slayer, something we've hungered for our entire career.  And we will bring that hunger to the stage every night, so get there early because this will be a show not to be missed; from the first note of the night until the very last! Metal is alive, hungry, thriving, and coming for you!"

With more dates to be announced, here is the confirmed itinerary:

SEPTEMBER
 9        Jacob's Pavilion, Cleveland, OH
10       Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI
12       Sound Academy, Toronto, ON
13       Metropolis, Montreal, QC
15       Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
17/18  Rock Allegiance, Chester, PA*
20       Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
22       The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
27       Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
28       Fillmore, Miami, FL
30       Horseshoe Casino Tunica, Tunica, MS

OCTOBER
 3        Norva, Norfolk, VA
 5        Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
 7        Gas Monkey Live, Dallas, TX
 8        ACL at the Moody Theatre, Austin, TX
10       Fillmore, Denver, CO
11       The Complex, Salt Lake City, UT
13       The Wilma Theatre, Missoula, MT
17       ENMAX Center, Lethbridge, AB
19       South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC
20       Abbotsford Centre, Abbotsford, BC
23       Reno Events Center, Reno, NV
27       El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, TX

* Slayer, Anthrax and Death Angel are all on this bill


MAY 12th 2016
GHOST TO RELEASE NEW EP 
Swedish occult rockers GHOST will release new EP later this year and will follow it up with a new round a touring featuring a brand new stage show.

Speaking to MetalSucks during GHOST's spring U.S. tour, one of the band's Nameless Ghouls stated about the group's plans for the coming months (see video below): "We're gonna finish up this tour in Albany, which is on May 22nd, and then our European tour starts May 27th. And that stretches into right in the beginning of July; so that's gonna be festivals. After that, we have an EP coming out. That's gonna be great, because that's gonna, sort of, re-energize the whole cycle. So there's gonna be some new material, we're gonna have a new stage show. So it's gonna be a completely different setting. Then we're gonna terrorize you with that up until next year."

Asked how big he envisions GHOST one day becoming, the Nameless Ghoul told WNOR FM99: "It's hard to fully set a parameter of, 'This is exactly how big we wanna become.' But I think that the one goal that we want to achieve… I mean, set aside a lot of the personal, I guess, monetary things that you want to achieve as a human being; you wanna be rich and you wanna be that… But when it comes to the size that I've always wanted us to become or turn into, it's basically a full-production band that can do almost anything that we need in order to fully accomplish the show that we've always had in mind. Obviously, it's not exactly the same vision from eight years ago — it's grown — but the idea has always been for it to be a full-production arena [show]."


MAY 12th 2016

MARDUK TO EMBARK ON NORTH AMERICA TOUR
Legendary Swedish Black Metal band MARDUK just unveiled dates for the North American leg of their "Frontschwein 2016" tour, which includes special guests Rotting Christ, Carach Angren and Necronomicon.

This highly anticipated run marks the first time that MARDUK has touched North American soil since the "Voices From The Dark" tour in 2013. From the sinister classics to the the war waging Frontschwein cuts, fans will be treated to an essential and unforgettable MARDUK live discography. All dates for the "Frontschwein 2016" North American tour are listed below below.


"Frontschwein 2016" North American Tour
Featuring Rotting Christ, Carach Angren and Necronomicon:
09/02/16 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
09/03/16 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
09/04/16 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
09/05/16 Baltimore, MD Soundstage
09/06/16 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
09/07/16 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
09/08/16 Montreal, QC L'Astral
09/09/16 Toronto, ON The Opera House
09/10/16 Columbus, OH Al Rosa Villa
09/11/16 Chicago, IL Reggie's
09/12/16 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock
09/13/16 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
09/14/16 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
09/16/16 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
09/17/16 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
09/18/16 Portland, OR Bossanova Ballroom
09/19/16 Oakland, CA Metro Opera House
09/20/16 Las Vegas, NV LVCS
09/21/16 Los Angeles, CA Regent Theater
09/22/16 Phoenix, AZ Joe's Grotto
09/23/16 El Paso, TX Mesa Music Hall
09/24/16 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
09/25/16 Austin, TX Dirty Dog Bar
 


MAY 12th 2016

OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST
 
Ozzfest Meets Knotfest...the ultimate meeting of metal minds...a double-header music and lifestyle weekend like no other on the planet.

This merger of two of the most well-known and established brands in rock — Ozzfest, celebrating its 20th anniversary, and Knotfest, which debuted in 2012 — is set for Saturday, September 24 (Ozzfest) and Sunday, September 25 (Knotfest) at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California. Tickets for the Live Nation-produced Ozzfest Meets Knotfest — a multi-stage, two-day weekend camping event with more than 40 acts — go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10:00 a.m. (PT) at Ozzfest.com and Knotfest.com. All the details and lineups (below) were revealed at a major press conference today (Thursday, May 12) at the Palladium in Hollywood, California.

Saturday's Ozzfest will be headlined by BLACK SABBATH — marking their last Southern California performance as part of the band's final tour — and Sunday's Knotfest bill is topped by the festival's namesake, SLIPKNOT.

On hand at the press conference were Ozzfest founder Ozzy Osbourne and SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor and M. Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown). The event began with a movie screening, followed by a question-and-answer session with artists from the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest bill and concluded with a performance from ZAKK SABBATH, led by Zakk Wylde.


Ozzy was joined onstage at today's event by his estranged wife Sharon, who put the couple's recent marital troubles behind her to tell the crowd: "Twenty years ago, we realized that there was no touring festival that supported music like these guys did. We came up with Ozzfest and for twenty years it was amazing. And for many of those years, we had the unbelievable SLIPKNOT playing. And SLIPKNOT came along and kicked our arses and created Knotfest. They took that around the world and it was hugely successful and critically acclaimed as one of the best festivals on Earth. Then we decided, 'Why not merge together?'"

She added: "We want it to be the loudest, biggest, dirtiest festival in California. We couldn't be happier."

The San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds is where Ozzfest — the event that launched the U.S. hard rock festival market and went on to tour the world — began in 1996 and where Knotfest last year took over the San Bernardino, California venue and expanded into a camping festival. There's also a longtime history between the two namesakes of the events, with SLIPKNOT appearing at Ozzfest in 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2013 at the inaugural Ozzfest Japan.

"We are here to create havoc and history," said Ozzy Osbourne. "Let the madness begin..."

"This could be the one of the coolest things I've ever been a part of," said Corey Taylor. "Starting out as an Ozzfest band, coming into our own with Knotfest and now combining forces to make a little metal history...it was meant to be and I'm proud to be a part of it."

"Playing with BLACK SABBATH is always an honor," Crahan exclaimed. "Merging both festivals will be a legendary experience that will be life-changing for all fans. We are excited to bring all the families together again."

"The impact of Ozzfest on heavy music and on SLIPKNOT, cannot be underestimated," said Cory Brennan, president, 5B Artist Management. "For 20 years, Ozzfest has given fans their first glimpse at bands like SLIPKNOT, DISTURBED and countless others, but also bringing new fans and bands together every year. Ozzfest inspired SLIPKNOT to continue this vital tradition with Knotfest, and it's an honor to celebrate our genre alongside them in 2016."

The Ozzfest Meets Knotfest 2016 lineup is as follows, with both Ozzfest and Knotfest dedicating a stage in honor of their departed comrade Lemmy Kilmister of MOTÖRHEAD.

Ozzfest Lineup - Saturday, September 24

Main Stage

BLACK SABBATH
DISTURBED
MEGADETH
OPETH
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
RIVAL SONS

Lemmy Stage

CHILDREN OF BODOM
HATEBREED
DEVILDRIVER
GOATWHORE
HUNTRESS
DEAD CROSS

Nuclear Blast Stage

MUNICIPAL WASTE
KATAKLYSM
NAILS
THE SHRINE
STILL REBEL

Knotfest Lineup - Sunday, September 25

Main Stage

SLIPKNOT
SLAYER
AMON AMARTH
ANTHRAX
TRIVIUM

Lemmy Stage

SABATON
SUICIDE SILENCE
OVERKILL
EMMURE
BUTCHER BABIES
MAN WITH A MISSION

Nuclear Blast Stage

WHITECHAPEL
COMBICHRIST
DEATH ANGEL
SIM
ONI

Beyond the music, each day Ozzfest Meets Knotfest festival-goers will encounter a wide variety of attractions throughout the expansive site. Initial onsite daily activities include a Monster Truck Arena, Carnival Thrill Rides, Massive Fire Displays, Flaming Carnival Games, The Thunderdome Battle Arena, an 85 Person Traveling Troupe of Freaks, a Carnival Midway with Games of Chance, Vendor Village, Food Trucks and Craft Beer, with 50 Foot Tall x 75 Foot Wide Image-Mapped Video Walls flanking the Main Stage, with more exciting developments to be announced in the coming months.

A variety of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest ticketing and camping packages are available. Single day tickets range from $25.00 for GA lawn to $39.50-$149.50 for reserved seats, with GA pit passes starting at $99.00 for Sunday and $149.00 Saturday. Weekend passes range from $40.00 for GA lawn to $69.00-$239.00 for reserved seats, and $239.00 for GA pit passes. VIP packages start at $249.00 for VIP Lounge; options include the Ultimate Slipknot VIP Experience at $1,000.00, the Black Sabbath M&G Package at $1250 and the Ultimate Ozzy Osbourne Experience at $2500. Camping selections include Tent Camping for $150.00 and RV Camping for $250.00.

For more information, visit OzzfestMeetsKnotfest.com.

MAY 12th 2016

GOJIRA ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
The french heavy metallers, GOJIRA have a new record, MAGMA releasing later this year and to celebrate, they plan to return to North American soil this fall for a tour alongside Tesseract. Check out the offical Gojira facebook status and poster for details..

"We are glad to announce our North American tour this fall 2016. We can't wait to bring MAGMA to life on stage. See you all !

 Pre-sale tickets available May 4th, general on sale starts May 6th, at gojira-music.com

#GojiraMagmaTour"



MAY 12th 2016

BARONESS - VANCOUVER

Baroness' triumphant new album contains some of the biggest, brightest and most glorious riffs and choruses the adventurous rock group has ever recorded. But its title, Purple, also reflects a dark moment in the group's recent history: the terrifying bus crash they survived while on tour in 2012. "The band suffered a gigantic bruise," singer-guitarist John Baizley says of the accident. "It was an injury that prevented us from operating in a normal way for quite some time. Hopefully, this record is the springboard that helps us get away from all that."



The album, released in December 2015 and which producer Dave Fridmann (the Flaming Lips, Sleater-Kinney) helmed, covers the gamut of emotions Baroness have experienced in recent years and serves as their victory cry. Purple finds a revamped lineup of the band – Baizley and Pete Adams (guitar, vocals) and new additions Nick Jost (bass, keyboards) and Sebastian Thomson (drums) – playing 10 intricately textured tunes and singing about the worry they felt immediately after the crash ("If I Have to Wake Up (Would You Stop the Rain)"), the struggle to recover as smoothly as possible ("Chlorine & Wine") and their ongoing quest for survival ("The Iron Bell"). From its bulldozing opener "Morningstar" to the avant-garde 17-second closer "Crossroads of Infinity," the record is at once both their most emotionally threadbare and musically complex offering to date, with passages that allude to their classic-rock roots as much as their crushing metal past.

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MAY 3rd 2016
STEVEN TYLER ANNOUNCES SOLO TOUR
Steven Tyler will embark on the "Out On A Limb" solo tour in early July. The 19-city trek will see the AEROSMITH singer backed by his Nashville-based band LOVING MARY and will include stories from Tyler's childhood, his time with AEROSMITH and his new headquarters in Nashville.
"What would I not pay to go see [Paul] McCartney, but instead of playing with whoever he's with now, actually do (a show) where he tells you what he was thinking when he wrote 'Yesterday'?" Tyler told USA Today. "That's what I'm doing. I figured I'd talk about 'Sweet Emotion' and 'Dream On' and where I was when I wrote it, and 'Seasons Of Wither' and how I played it."
The first "Out On A Limb" performance took place Monday, May 2 at David Geffen Hall in New York's Lincoln Center and benefitted Janie's Fund, the AEROSMITH frontman's charitable initiative helping girls overcome the trauma resulting from abuse and neglect. Named after the AEROSMITH song "Janie's Got A Gun", Janie's Fund came to life via a collaboration between Tyler and leading non-profit Youth Villages.
"I'm digging deep and finding some real buried treasure for this one," Tyler said prior to Monday's concert. "'I've never performed quite like this before. I'm telling it like it is and getting to perform with some extremely talented musicians and dear friends from Nashville."

"Out On A Limb" tour dates:
Jul. 02 - Las Vegas, NV - Venetian Theatre

Jul. 05 - Los Angeles, CA - Dolby Theatre
Jul. 08 - Seattle, WA - Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

Jul. 10 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
Jul. 14 - San Francisco, CA - The Masonic

Jul. 20 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre

Jul. 23 - Denver, CO - Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Jul. 26 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
Jul. 29 - Houston, TX - Brown Theater at Wortham Center
Aug. 01 - Dallas, TX - Music Hall at Fair Park
Aug. 13 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
Aug. 17 - Nashville, TN - Andrew Jackson Hall at TPAC
Aug. 23 - Washington, D.C. - Warner Theatre
Aug. 29 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall

Sep. 01 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center

Sep. 04 - Boston, MA - Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
Sep. 07 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music

Sep. 10 - Providence, RI - Providence Performing Arts Center

Sep. 13 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

APRIL 25th 2016
MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK ISSUE LIVE CD/DVD
Undoubtedly, one of the most intriguing tours of recent times for fans of classic rock and hard rock was when legendary guitarist Michael Schenker reunited with his former Scorpions bandmates, bassist Francis Buchholz and drummer Herman Rarebell, for a worldwide jaunt. And on May 6th, one of the standout performances of the entire tour will serve as the basis of a new CD and DVD release, 'On a Mission: Live in Madrid.'
Recorded and filmed at the Joy Eslava in Madrid on November 19, 2015 (and also featuring singer Doogie White and guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay), all phases of Schenker's long and winding career are touched upon, including UFO ("Lights Out"), the Scorpions ("Coast to Coast"), MSG ("Victim of Illusion"), and Temple of Rock ("Live and Let Die"), including several special surprises, such as a reading of the Scorpions' biggest hit, "Rock You Like a Hurricane.”
 
A trailer of the DVD can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJkMqUCuS14
 
And in addition to being available for purchase via the following formats - double-CD, Blu-ray, and DVD, there will be a limited edition "collector's box" (limited to only 5000 copies worldwide), which will include the double CD and 2 Blu-rays, including extensive bonus material: rehearsal; the tour starts; outside the theater; soundcheck; Michael and his guitars. Also included will be a booklet including unique and exclusive biographies, written by the musicians themselves.
 
Pre-orders are now being taken at the MVD Shop (http://bit.ly/237SsOT) and on Amazon (http://amzn.to/1Swz0jH) for the CD, DVD, Blu-ray, and Limited Deluxe Edition (2 CD + 2 Blu-ray) versions.
 
Relive one of Schenker's best-ever tours with the arrival of 'On a Mission: Live in Madrid'!
 
CD Track Listing:
 
Disc: 1
  1. Ocean Odyssey - Intro
  2. Doctor Doctor
  3. Live And Let Live
  4. Lights Out
  5. Where The Wild Winds Blow
  6. Natural Thing
  7. Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
  8. Victim Of Illusion
  9. Lovedrive
  10. Coast To Coast
  11. Vigilante Man
  12. Rock My Nights Away
 
Disc: 2
  1. Saviour Machine
  2. Too Hot To Handle
  3. Only You Can Rock Me
  4. Lord Of The Lost And Lonely
  5. Rock You Like A Hurricane
  6. Rock Bottom
  7. Horizons
  8. Attack Of The Mad Axeman
  9. Communion
  10. Blackout
 
DVD Track Listing:
 
Ocean Odyssey - Intro
Doctor Doctor
Live And Let Live
Lights Out
Where the Wild Winds Blow
Natural Thing
Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
Victim Of Illusion
Lovedrive
Coast To Coast
Vigilante Man
Rock My Nights AwaySaviour Machine
Too Hot To Handle
Only You Can Rock Me
Lord of the Lost and Lonely
Rock You Like A Hurricane
Rock Bottom
Horizons
Attack Of The Mad Axeman
Communion
Blackout
Searching For Freedom - Outro
 
Bonus Materials:
 
Outside the theatre
Soundcheck sketches
 
Additional Bonus Materials Limited Deluxe Collector’s Edition:
 
Rehearsal
The tour starts
Michael and his guitars
Individual Interviews With Band Members