JULY 15th 2016
SABATON UNVEIL NEW LYRIC VIDEO AND MORE
The official lyric video for the song "Blood Of Bannockburn" from Swedish metallers SABATON can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's eighth studio album, "The Last Stand", which will be released on August 19 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2014's "Heroes" was once again produced by Peter Tägtgren (PAIN, LINDEMANN, HYPOCRISY) and it "marks a brand new chapter in SABATON history," according to a press release.



The story behind the "Blood Of Bannockburn" lyrics: 1314, nine years after the execution of William Wallace, the Scottish laid siege upon Stirling Castle and an agreement was made that if it had not been relieved by mid-summer the English would surrender the castle to the Scottish. The English could of course not ignore that challenge, and sent a formidable force north towards Stirling to break the siege and relieve the troops inside. In the end, Robert the Bruce and the Scottish defeated the English under Edward II's command with a force half the size and not nearly as well equipped of what the English had at their disposal.

SABATON bassist Pär Sundström previously stated about "The Last Stand": "We once again worked with Peter Tägtgren in his newly upgraded and top-class Abyss studio in Sweden to record, produce and mix the album. The mastering [was] done by Jonas Kjellgren who also works in the same building in nice Pärlby on the countryside of Sweden. Both 'Carolus Rex' and 'Heroes' were done in the same way and we [felt] very comfortable to return to the same place and people again. Fans will recognize the sound of the album as SABATON, but we really feel we took it a step forward this time."

SABATON also remarked on the upcoming North American tour with TRIVIUM and HUNTRESS, stating: "On the 'Heroes' tour, we came to North America three times and now it's time to return. This time we will do it with our brand new album 'The Last Stand', which will hit stores on August 19th. This means that fans in North America will be able to enjoy the new songs before anyone else.

Sep. 15 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall*
Sep. 16 - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Soundstage*
Sep. 17 - Philadelphia, PA - Rock Allegiance - Festival^
Sep. 19 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade*
Sep. 20 - Little Rock, AR - Clear Channel Metroplex Event Center*
Sep. 22 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall*
Sep. 23 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater*
Sep. 24 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre*
Sep. 25 - San Bernardino, CA - Ozzfest Meets Knotfest - Festival^
Sep. 27 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex*
Sep. 29 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium*
Sep. 30 - Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights*
Oct. 01 - Janesville, WI - JJO Sonic Boom - Festival^
Oct. 02 - Louisville, KY - Louder Than Life - Festival ^
Oct. 06 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey Live!*
Oct. 07 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar*
Oct. 08 - Tulsa, OK – Cain's Ballroom*
Oct. 10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE*
Oct. 11 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza*
Oct. 14 - Worcester, MA - Rock & Shock – Festival^
Oct. 15 - Binghamton, NY - Magic City Music Hall*
Oct. 17 - Charleston, SC - The Music Farm*
Oct. 18 - Tampa, FL - State Theater *
Oct. 19 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution Live*
Oct. 21 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues*

* With SABATON and HUNTRESS
^ Festival date


JULY 15th 2016

PAIN RELEASE NEW ALBUM TRAILER

Pain, the Swedish industrial-metal force led by multi-instrumentalist and producer Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Lindemann), will unleash the follow-up to 2011's You Only Live Twice this fall. After the substantial success of his LINDEMANN project with Rammstein vocalist Till Lindemann, Tägtgren retreated to his Abyss Studios to focus on writing yet another industrial-metal masterpiece.

Check out the video interview with Peter for his insight on the upcoming record, “Coming Home”



Coming Home will be released on September 9th through Nuclear Blast Records.


JULY 15th 2016
WHITECHAPEL ANNOUNCE CO-HEADLINING US TOUR

Currently on the road as part of the annual Warped Tour, Whitechapel has announced another USA trek - this time, co-headlining with Suicide Silence! Sponsored by BlackCraft Cult Clothing (www.blackcraftcult.com), the "Straight Outta Hell" tour also features Carnifex and Oceano as support, with Despised Icon appearing at select shows. This must-see fall run kicks off in late September and ends in late October - stay tuned for complete dates coming soon!

Whitechapel recently released their sixth full-length, Mark of the Blade, worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Hailed as "an exciting milestone" (Alt Press), Mark of the Blade was produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse) and sees Whitechapel redefine who they are and what they are capable of with the resulting 11 tracks. Kicking off with "The Void" - which has a Slayer-esque ferocity that is perfectly suited to the band's three-guitar attack - the songs that follow all leave a distinct impression, and by the time the rich, dark melodies on "Decennium" bring the record to a close, it's impossible to deny the emotional weight brought to bear. Alex Wade explains, "At this point in our career and as we grow older, we are taking a more open-minded approach to creating our music, allowing what we think sounds good to evolve naturally, rather than to just write what is expected of us."


JULY 15th 2016
MASTODON EXHIBIT AT HARD ROCK CAFE IN LAS VEGAS

MASTODON are now part the elite collection of rock memorabilia featured at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Mastodon has expressed their inclusion in the new exhibit as follows: "Joining the ranks of some of the biggest and most influential names in rock and roll, we are honored to now be a part of rock and roll history at the Hard Rock Cafe, in Las Vegas. Mastodon's showcase features artifacts from the past, including guitars, drums, set lists, handwritten lyrics, and clothes all used by the band on the long road to the present form over the past 16 years we have been together performing."

Beau Dobney, Curator and Design Specialist for Hard Rock Hotel, added: "We are very excited to work with Mastodon, they are elemental in today's metal sound, and aesthetic. The exhibit will be up, here in the Hard Rock Hotel until summer of 2018."

Thank you to the Hard Rock Las Vegas for putting together this extraordinary exhibit.  If you're in Vegas, stop by and take it all in.

Mastodon have been hard at work writing and recording the follow-up to their acclaimed 2014 album ONCE MORE 'ROUND THE SUN. At present, they have confirmed dates in Canada, Europe and the U.K. All dates below:

July 16              Pemberton, CAN                       Pemberton Music Festival
Aug 6               Montreal, CAN                           Park Jean Drapeau
Aug 10              Jaromer, Czech Republic           Brutal Assault Festival
Aug 11              Oslo, Norway                            Øyafestivalen
Aug 13              Catton, UK                                Bloodstock Festival
Aug 14              Belfast, N. IRE                          Limelight
Aug 15              Dublin, IRE                               Dublin Academy
Aug 17              Koln, GER                                Live Music Hall
Aug 18              Hasselt, Belgium                       Pukkelpop
Aug 19              Dinkelsbuhl, Germany                Summer Breeze Festival
Aug 20              Hamburg, Germany                   Elb-Riot Festival
Aug 22              Warsaw, Poland                        Progresja Music Zone
Aug 23              Berlin, GER                               Huxleys Neue Welt
Aug 24              Bezirk-Land-Strasse, Austria      Arena Wien
Aug 27              Reading, UK                             Reading Festival
Aug 28              Leeds, UK                                 Leeds Festival
Aug 30              Athens, GRE                             Piraeus Acedemy
Oct 1                Atlanta, GA                               Project Pabst / East Atlanta Village

JULY 15th 2016

SHATTERED SUN ANNOUNCE MINI NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Texas heavy metal quintet SHATTERED SUN are gearing up for their next tour with headliners Scar Symmetry, with support from Arsis and Painted In Exile. Today, the official tour routing has been released! The routing begins on September 8 in Orlando, FL and runs throughout the month, ending in Austin, TX on September 20. See below for a full listing of tour dates.
SHATTERED SUN w/ Scar Symmetry, Arsis and Painted In Exile
9/08/16 - Orlando, FL @ Haven Lounge
9/10/16 - Boonsboro, MD @ G Boone's
9/11/16 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
9/12/16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
9/13/16 - Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13
9/14/16 - Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
9/15/16 - Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar
9/16/16 - Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
9/17/16 - Valparaiso, IN @ Big Shots
9/18/16 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
9/19/16 - Fort Worth, TX @ The Rail Club
9/20/16 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
 
Scar Symmetry will play outside of the tour routing on September 9 at Prog Power USA in Atlanta, GA.
 
Guitarist Jessie Santos states, "We're happy to announce the official dates for our upcoming tour with Scar Symmetry. It's too awesome to know that we're on this amazing bill. We can't wait to see y'all on the road. September can't come soon enough, see you in the pit!"
 
SHATTERED SUN recently announced their inclusion on the Rogue Records America radio mod, Rogue Radio, for Fallout 4. In total, the mod will feature 44 songs by 38 bands and have two DJ's each with their own style and playlist. Rogue Radio will be available on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and will be a mod that anyone with the game can download for free. Once downloaded, the players Pip Boy will have the Rogue Radio station in their Radio list playing the best heavy metal and hard rock. The radio station will feature all of Rogue's artists as well as many other National and Emerging artists. The Rogue Radio mod for Fallout 4 is currently under development and looking to be released cross platform in July. For more information on the Rogue Radio Fallout 4 mod, please visit www.facebook.com/RogueRecordsAmerica.
 
SHATTERED SUN's latest Victory Records debut, Hope Within Hatred, is available in-stores, online at iTunes, Amazon Music, FYE, Hastings, and wherever digital music is sold. Hope Within Hatred debuted at #1 on the CMJ Loud Rock charts, as well as within the Top 20 on the iTunes Metal chart and Top 50 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Check out the band's recently released live-action video for the track "Waging War" here: https://youtu.be/Ab2x0KNN5_A


JULY 15th 2016

LEPROUS ANNOUNCE HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
After having recently recorded a hometown show in Oslo for an upcoming DVD / live album release, Norwegian prog metallers LEPROUS have announced further live action in support of their current album "The Congregation", which was released worldwide via InsideOutMusic.
 
The next live campaign steps include some European festival dates in the summer, a North American headline run in September/October as well as a massive European tour supporting Devil Townsend Project alongside Between The Buried And Me.
 
LEPROUS vocalist and keyboardist Einar Solberg checked in about the recent DVD shoot as follows:
"The recording of the DVD went great, and it was one of the best nights of our career so far! We just received the rough mix of the Audio, and we can tell that it's definitely approved. On most live albums these days, bands are re-recording most of the stuff afterwards in the studio, to make it sound "perfect". For us that's out of question. We wanna keep the live feel, especially to give a big contrast to the rather "perfected" studio albums! Definitely more organic!"
 
And he added the following comment about the upcoming European tour:
"We're very happy to be a part of such a fantastic tour package, and it will be pure joy to play together with both Between The Buried And Me and Devin Townsend Project! We believe this tour can help us up to the next level, and that there are many potential new followers to convince here!"
 
Here is a list of all upcoming shows for LEPROUS:
 
LEPROUS - European festival dates 2016:
08.11.2016 Josefov (Czech Republic) - Brutal Assault Open Air / www.brutalassault.cz
09.03.2016 Bryne (Norway) - Brynerocken / www.brynerocken.no
11.04.2016 Barcelona (Spain) - AMFest / www.amfest.es



LEPROUS - North American headline tour with Earthside, Binary Code and Dissona:
09.27.2016 Atlanta, GA - Vinyl at Center Stage
09.28.2016 Baltimore, MD - Cafe 611
09.29.2016 TBA
09.30.2016 New York City, NY - Gramercy Theater
10.01.2016 Niagara Falls, NY - The Rapids Theater
10.02,2016 Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
10.03,2016 Montreal, QC - TBA
10.04/05.2016 Quebec City, QC - TBA
10.06.2016 Toronto, ON - The Garrison
10.07,2016 Detroit, MI - Token Lounge
10.08.2016 Chicago, IL - Reggie's
10.09.2016 Minneapolis, MN - TBA
10.11.2016 Calgary AB - Distortion
10.12.2016 Vancouver, BC - Red Room
10.13.2016 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
10.14.2016 Portland, OR - High Water Mark
10.15.2016 San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall
10.16.2016 Los Angeles, CA - Complex
10.17.2016 Phoenix, AZ - Club Red
10.19.2016 San Antonio, TX - Rockbox
10.20.2016 Fort Worth, TX - Tomcats West
10.21.2016 Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
10.22.2016 Mexico City, MX - Foro Indie Rocks * LEPROUS only!
 
LEPROUS - European tour with Devin Townsend Project and Between The Buried And Me:

01.28.017 Antwerpen (Belgium) - Trix * No BTBAM
01.30.2017 Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg) - Rockhal
01.31.2017 Paris (France) - Bataclan
02.01.2017 Bordeaux (France) - Rockschool Barbey
02.03.2017 Madrid (Spain) - La Reviera
02.04.2017 Barcelona (Spain) - Razzmatazz 2
02.05.2017 Marseille (France) - Le Moulin
02.07.2017 Milan (Italy) - Live Club
02.08.2017 Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
02.09.2017 Stuttgart (Germany) - LKA Longhorn
02.10.2017 Munich (Germany) - Backstage
02.12.2017 Zagreb (Croatia) - Tvornica Club
02.13.2017 Budapest (Hungary) - A38
02.14.2017 Vienna (Austria) - Arena
02.16.2017 Prague (Czech Republic) - The Roxy
02.17.2017 Leipzig (Germany) - Täubchenthal
02.18.2017 Kraków (Poland) - Kwadrat
02.19.2017 Warsaw (Poland) - Stodola
02.21.2017 Hamburg (Germany) - Grünspan
02.22.2017 Aarhus (Denmark) - Voxhall
02.23.2017 Göteborg (Sweden) - Pustervik
02.25.2017 Bergen (Norway) - Blastfest
02.26.2017 Oslo (Norway) - Sentrum Scene
02.28.2017 Helsinki (Finland) - The Circus
03.01.2017 Seinajoki (Finland) - Rytmikorjaamo
03.03.2017 Stockholm (Sweden) - Berns
03.04.2017 Malmö (Sweden) - KB
03.05.2017 Copenhagen (Denmark) - Amager Bio
03.07.2017 Berlin (Germany) - Columbia Theater
03.08.2017 Dortmund (Germany) - FZW
03.09.2017 Tilburg (The Netherlands) - 013
03.10.2017 Amsterdam (The Netherlands) - De Melkweg


JULY 9th 2016

PAIN RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FROM UPCOMING NEW RECORD
The official lyric video for the song "Black Knight Satellite" from PAIN, the Swedish metal band led by multi-instrumentalist and producer Peter Tägtgren, can be seen below. The track is taken from the group's new album, "Coming Home", which will be released on September 9 through Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork for the follow-up to 2011's "You Only Live Twice" was created by Stefan Heilemann and can be seen below.


Commented Peter: "'Black Knight Satellite' is based around a story that circulates on the net, both interesting and confusing.



"The song is an up-tempo song, with orchestra parts and chugging guitars — it will be great live. A typical PAIN song. Didn't wanna start off with a surprise this time."

A few days ago, PAIN announced that it will hit the road for a full European headline tour this autumn. PAIN will join forces with the German gothic metal outfit THE VISION BLEAK. Two more support bands will be annouced soon.



JULY 9th 2016
DAVE MUSTAINE TO ANNOUNCE UPCOMING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Megadeth will announce the details of its upcoming North American headlining tour on Monday, July 11, the band's leader, Dave Mustaine, has revealed. Joining MEGADETH on the five-week trek, which is expected to take place this fall, will be AMON AMARTH, along with METAL CHURCH, HAVOK and an as-yet-undisclosed fifth act.

MEGADETH's last full U.S. tour took place earlier in the year and featured support from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, CHILDREN OF BODOM and HAVOK.

MEGADETH is continuing to tour in support of its fifteenth album, "Dystopia", which shifted 49,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending January 28. In terms of pure album sales, it opened with 48,000 copies, marking MEGADETH's highest-charting album since 1992's "Countdown To Extinction" debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the chart dated August 1 of that year. "Dystopia" also logged the group's best sales week since 2007, when "United Abominations" landed at No. 8 with first-week sales of 54,000.


JULY 3rd 2016

EPICA ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Dutch symphonic metal heavyweights EPICA will return this fall for the North American Principle Tour in support of their upcoming album “The Holographic principle” which will see a worldwide release on September 30th through Nuclear Blast.



EPICA will be joined on this trek by Italian symphonic death metal kings FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, Russian Pagan warriors ARKONA and their good friends in THE AGONIST. The first three dates will see Germany’s XANDRIA as a replacement for ARKONA. Tour kick off will be on November 4th in Quebec City and will conclude December 3rd in Worcester, MA.

Epica’s front woman Simone Simons commented on the tour:
'The time has finally come to visit North America again. We are super excited to show you guys our kick-ass new material of which we are extremely proud! We hope to welcome you all to experience 'the Holographic Principle' extravaganza!'

EPICA / FLESHGOD APOCOLYPSE / XANDRIA / THE AGONIST
Nov. 4 + Imperial Theater + Quebec City, QC
Nov. 5 + Corona + Montreal, QC
Nov. 6 + Phoenix Concert Hall + Toronto, ON  
EPICA / FLESHGOD APOCOLYPSE / ARKONA / THE AGONIST
Nov. 8 + Concord Music Hall + Chicago, IL
Nov. 9 + Cabooze + Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 11 + Saskatoon Event Center + Saskatoon, SK
Nov. 12 + Marquee + Calgary, AB
Nov. 13 + The Ranch + Edmonton, AB
Nov. 15 + Vogue Theatre + Vancouver, BC
Nov. 16 + Studio 7 + Seattle, WA
Nov. 18 + Social Hall + San Francisco, CA
Nov. 19 + The Regent + Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 20 + Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel + Las Vegas, NV
Nov. 22 + Summit Music Hall + Denver, CO
Nov. 23 + Granada Theater + Lawrence, KS
Nov. 25 + Gas Monkey Live + Dallas, TX
Nov. 26 + Empire Control Room + Austin, TX
Nov. 28 + State Theater + St Petersburg, FL
Nov. 29 + Masquerade + Atlanta, GA
Dec. 1 + Soundstage Baltimore, MD
Dec. 2 + Webster Hall + New York, NY
Dec. 3 + Palladium + Worcester, MA

VIP / Meet and Greet Bundles and upgrades are on sale now via SOUNDRINK.

VIP / Meet & Greet Bundle includes:
- Ticket to the show
- Meet & Greet plus photo opportunity with all the band members
- Separate signing cards of all band 6 band members
- Laminate + Lanyard
- Limited edition 7-inch vinyl with an exclusive (previously unreleased) song
- VIP-only exclusive tour shirt
- Early venue access
- Digital download of ‘The Holographic Principle’ on release date


JULY 3rd 2016
QUEENSRYCHE ANNOUNCE US HEADLINING TOUR
Internationally renowned Seattle based metal outfit QUEENSRŸCHE have announced their next headlining tour throughout the United States. The month long trek will take place this Fall, starting on November 15th in Seattle, WA and concluding on December 15th in Colorado Springs, CO. Queensryche will be joined by the iconic Armored Saint as direct support, along with Midnight Eternal on all dates for the upcoming tour. The band continues to perform across the world on the strength of their latest full length album, Condition Human, which was released in October (2015). Dates for the Fall headlining tour can be found below.

Speaking about the upcoming US tour and playing with Armored Saint, Queensryche vocalist Todd La Torre comments,
"We are pleased to announce that we will be hitting the road this November with the one and only Armored Saint and Midnight Eternal. We're looking forward to seeing all of you for this great billing of musical diversity and high energy performances! Come join the Ryche this November - December!"

Lead guitarist and founding member Michael Wilton also gave his thoughts on the band's Fall dates, saying,

"Queensryche is proud to be embarking on our Fall 2016 - Condition Human US tour with special guests Armored Saint and Midnight Eternal! We encourage our fans to come out for this one and prepare yourselves for some high energy rock shows!"

Against the formidable obstacles of an ever-changing cultural landscape, the rise and fall of various musical trends, and the near collapse of the record industry itself, QUEENSRŸCHE has secured a triumphant legacy as one of hard rock’s most respected and celebrated acts, selling 30 million albums around the world across a 30-plus-year career.

The band’s name is uttered in the same breath as many of the groups they looked to as influences and others who arose as peers. Queensrÿche built a dedicated legion of fans traveling the globe on tour with fellow rock giants like Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Judas Priest, and Def Leppard. In recent years, they’ve consistently delivered high-octane live shows combining the hungry fire of a new band with the tempered experience of master showmen. Even with eleven gold and platinum plaques and a several Top 10 hard rock anthems woven into the very fiber of the genre, Queensrÿche won’t relent. In fact, they’re in the throes of a jaw-dropping creative resurgence.


QUEENSRYCHE - US Fall Tour w/Armored Saint & Midnight Eternal

Tuesday, November 15th - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Wednesday, November 16th - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Friday, November 18th - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Tuesday, November 22nd - San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
Wednesday, November 23rd - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Friday, November 25th - Tyler, TX @ Clicks
Saturday, November 26th - Dallas, TX @ Trees
Tuesday, November 29th - Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks at The Landing
Wednesday, November 30th - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Thursday, December 1st - Tampa, FL @ The Cuban Club
Friday, December 2nd - Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
Saturday, December 3rd - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Sunday, December 4th - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Tuesday, December 6th - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Wednesday, December 7th - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
Thursday, December 8th - Chesterfield, MI @ Diesel Lounge
Saturday, December 10th - Sioux City, IA @ Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sunday, December 11th - Peoria, IL @ Limelight
Tuesday, December 13th - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Wednesday, December 14th - Overland Park, KS @ Kanza Hall
Thursday, December 15th - Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep


JULY 3rd 2016
SCORPIONS BOOK TELLS ALL OF THE INFLUENTIAL ERA
Few rock bands were as successful as the Scorpions by the mid '80s - headlining arenas/stadiums worldwide, scoring two mega-selling albums (the platinum-certified 'Blackout' and the triple-platinum certified 'Love at First Sting') and two hit singles/videos ("No One Like You" and "Rock You Like a Hurricane"). But what quite a few newcomers to the band didn't realize was that the Scorpions had been regularly recording music since 1972, and that throughout the remainder of the decade, featured two guitarists (Michael Schenker and Uli Jon Roth) at separate points that are considered legendary amongst the heavy metal masses. And while such albums as 'Lonesome Crow,' 'Fly to the Rainbow,' 'In Trance,' 'Virgin Killer,' 'Taken by Force,' 'Tokyo Tapes,' and 'Lovedrive' did not come close to obtaining the commercial success of the aforementioned '80s era efforts, they inspired and influenced countless renowned musicians.
 


'German Metal Machine: Scorpions in the '70s' is the first-ever book to focus solely on this period of the band. Interviews include such former members as Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth, Francis Buchholz, and Herman Rarebell, longtime Scorpions producer Dieter Dierks, plus members of other bands that are major admirers, including KK Downing (Judas Priest), Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Joe Satriani, Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament), and Eddie Trunk ('That Metal Show'), among many others, while Kirk Hammett (Metallica) provides a foreword.
 
Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone, Songfacts, and Vintage Guitar, and has authored such books as 'Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990's,' 'Iron Maiden: '80 '81,' 'The Eric Carr Story,' and 'Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story.' 'German Metal Machine' is his 19th book overall.
 
'German Metal Machine: Scorpions in the '70s' is available as a paperback version [222 pages, $16.99], a Kindle download [$9.99], a Nook download [$9.99], and an iBook download [$9.99].
 
Read excerpts here:
 
http://www.guitarworld.com/artist-news-interviews/scorpions-seventies-new-book-dissects-german-metal-machine-excerpt/29374

http://www.alternativenation.net/billy-corgan-talks-scorpions-in-new-book/
 
Ordering info here:
 
Paperback and Kindle:  https://amzn.com/1519491670
 
Nook:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/german-metal-machine-greg-prato/1123995477
 
iBook:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/german-metal-machine-scorpions/id1128078363?mt=11


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  

Alice Cooper

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The Hollywood Vampires
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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".