Tour News

Wed
29
Jul

JUDAS PRIEST Set To Rock U.S. And Canada This Fall

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Due to the overwhelming success of Judas Priest's 17th studio effort overall, 'Redeemer of Souls' (which became the highest-charting album of their career, when it debuted on the Billboard 200 charts at #6), the band has announced a fall tour, which will hit the U.S. and Canada, from October 16th through November 12th. Supporting Priest on the U.S. dates and the Halifax engagement will be one of modern metal's top bands, Mastodon.

'Redeemer of Souls' also went on to become one of the most critically acclaimed releases of the band's career, with Rolling Stone stating, "Above all, 'Redeemer' is proof that Priest can still call themselves metal's defenders of the faith," while Revolver Magazine offered further praise, "Thus rejuvenated and recharged, the Metal Gods have delivered their strongest record in over a decade."

Comprised of Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar), Richie Faulkner (guitar), Ian Hill (bass), and Scott Travis (drums), Judas Priest is responsible for some of heavy metal's all-time classic anthems ("Living After Midnight," "Breaking the Law," "You've Got Another Thing Coming," etc.) and albums ('British Steel,' 'Screaming for Vengeance,' 'Painkiller,' etc.). 

Ever since the release of 'Redeemer of Souls,' Judas Priest has been taking their music all over the world. And they are not finished yet, with the announcement of these new dates!

JUDAS PRIEST TOUR DATES:

October 16th, 2015      Paso Robles, CA    Vina Robles Amp
October 17th, 2015      Las Vegas, NV        The Pearl                     
October 20th, 2015      San Francisco, CA  The Warfield Theatre
October 21st, 2015      San Jose, CA           City National Civic                 
October 23rd, 2015      Fresno, CA              William Saroyan Theater            
October 24th, 2015      San Bernardino, CA  Knotfest                     
October 27th, 2015      Vancouver, BC         Hard Rock Casino                
October 28th, 2015      Vancouver, BC         Hard Rock Casino                
October 31st, 2015       Regina, SK              Brandt Center                     
November 1st, 2015     Winnipeg, MN          MTS Center                     
November 3rd, 2015     Peoria, IL                 Civic Center                     
November 6th, 2015     Huntington, NY      Paramount Theater                
November 7th, 2015     Newark, NJ              Prudential Center                
November 10th, 2015    Halifax, NS             Scotiabank Center             
November 12th, 2015    Toronto, ON           Air Canada Center


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VISIT: www.judaspriest.comwww.facebook.com/OfficialJudasPriest
 
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Mon
27
Jul

2015 Debut of UK Based AOR Event 'ROCKINGHAM Festival'

 
ROCKINGHAM PRESS RELEASE ~ THERE’S A NEW AOR SHERIFF IN TOWN….
 
A major new festival is about to land in the UK this autumn. This new endeavour is all set to deliver twenty-two bands in total, including a band that hasn’t played a gig since ’83, six that have never played in the UK, nine that have never played the proposed venue and a further three that haven't been to the UK in over a decade.
 
Rockingham is all set to take place at Nottingham’s Rock City over the weekend of the 24th to 26th October. Alongside Rock City, Dave Herron has booked and assembled a stellar line up of melodic rock goodness that should guarantee a healthy turnout.
Having been a fan of the genre for many years, Herron is no stranger to the world of Melodic Rock; utilising his vast experience and contacts to put together a bold and exciting line up, but that’s not all as Dave Herron explains, “you can expect a few surprise guest appearances throughout the weekend.”
 
\With its roots in the past, but its eyes firmly on the future, Rockingham is primed to become a permanent fixture on the UK festival circuit for the foreseeable future.
           
LINE UP:
                                   
FRIDAY 23rd
 
TOM KEIFER
As part of Cinderella, Keifer should be familiar to any self-respecting rock fan. This is his first visit to the UK as a solo artist and anticipation is high. Expect a mix of Cinderella classics and solo material.  
 
ECLIPSE
Alongside HEAT, Eclipse is riding high as part of the new breed of AOR. If you caught them in the UK recently, then you’ll know what to expect: High-octane hard rock, delivered by a frontman who knows how to handle an audience.
 
ROBIN BECK
Robin’s been no stranger to these shores in recent years, bringing a series of stunning shows to the UK last year. Robin’s last album was her finest since her debut and she’s currently at the pinnacle of her career.
 
ROBERT TEPPER
From Rocky to Cobra and beyond. The king of soundtracks will be among many acts making their UK debut at Rockingham. With Tepper, Bush and Peterik in attendance it really will be 80’s soundtrack heaven.
 
ROMEO’S DAUGHTER
They are the finest female fronted AOR act the UK has ever produced. As a live act they never fail to deliver and are sure to set the bar high.
 
SERPENTINE
A new singer and a bold new sound, Serpentine are out to prove that this is their definitive line up. Their “Circle Of Knives” album sees them producing the goods in the studio, so expect nothing else from their live performance.
 
SANTA CRUZ
Loud and proud, these Finnish riff masters will be the perfect festival openers. If Skid Row and the Gunners are your kinda bands, then make sure you’re down the front for these bad boys.
 
SATURDAY 24th
 
GOTTHARD
Despite the tragic event that saw the enigmatic Steve Lee lose his life, Gotthard have kept his memory alive by doing what they do best, tearing it up live. There are a few select bands from the last few years that garner such high praise from the AOR cognoscenti, Gotthard are one of them.
 
DAN REED NETWORK
If ever a band deserved to be lauded from high then Portland’s finest are that act. They’ve toured with Bon Jovi and The Stones and their recent Download performance was magical. In another world they would have been huge, so get ready to mix it up some twenty-two years after they last appeared at Rock City. 
 
JIM PETERIK
Grammy award winner Jim Peterik will be accompanied by a full live band so expect a heavily laiden Survivor set with classic songs also thrown in from JP’s 40+ year writing career , Ides Of March, 38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar and REO Speedwagon to name but a few.
 
ELECTRIC BOYS
Roll out the Funk ‘o’ metal carpet and get ready to ride it all the way back to the late eighties as Sweden’s finest exponents of the genre take to the stage. They could be the festivals silent assassins, so take nothing for granted and miss them at your peril.
 
LAST AUTUMN’S DREAM
They maybe a vehicle for Michael Erlandsson these days, but take nothing away from LAD as they’ve an impressive back catalogue to draw from.
 
VEGA
Always a popular attraction, Vega is the great white hope of the AOR world. With three CDs worth of quality material to choose from, the only problem will be picking the right set.
 
CARE OF NIGHT
Swedish soft rock newcomers, Care Of Night, delivered a fine debut earlier in the year, the kind that the Westcoast genre was built on. If you’ve had a heavy night after the previous evening’s entertainment, then these boys will be the perfect openers.
 
SUNDAY 25th
 
DOKKEN
Back in ‘85/6 Dokken were riding the crest of a wave over in America. Their first four albums are rightly regarded as some of the finest of the era. They’ll be the perfect end to a fabulous weekend.
 
DAVID GLEN ISLEY, ALAN KRIGGER and CRAIG GOLDY OF GUIFFRIA
A Guiffria less, Guiffria? Well it’s done House Of Lords no harm for the last ten years. With David Glen Isley, Alan Krigger and Craig Goldy in attendance, they’ll be sure to do you right.
 
VALENTINE
Ex Zinatra keyboard player Robbie Valentine makes his UK debut as a solo artist and his brand of flamboyance is sure to light up the evening. 
 
STAN BUSH
Backed by the rock band, Bailey, Stan Bush makes a welcome return to the UK for his first visit in over a decade. You can expect a jam packed set list, one that will cover all the bases.
 
ROYAL HUNT
The last time Royal Hunt appeared at a UK festival they damn near stole the weekend. A pompous, bombastic approach will have them appealing to many. With DC Cooper at the helm, a good time is almost guaranteed.
 
AMMUNITION
Having just stolen the show at the recent Vasby Rock festival, this collaboration between Age Sten Nillsen (Wig Wam) and Erik Martensson (Eclipse) is sure to be a must watch occasion. Their new album is one of this year’s highlights, after this performance you’ll understand why.
 
ISSA
AORs most popular pin up girl has just released what is arguably her best album. Her recent live performances have seen her in good form; this performance should be no exception.
 
NO HOT ASHES
An exclusive for the Melodicrock.com readers and that’s the addition of Irelands finest to the bill. Fresh from supporting FM on their recent UK tour, No Hot Ashes will deliver a pleasant set of jaunty AOR.
 
I think you’ll all agree that Rockingham Festivals AOR credentials have been fully endorsed by having such an array of talent on show. Fans and ticket buyers would also be wise to watch out for announcements of official pre and after shows in the coming months via the festivals Facebook page.  
Dave Herron sums up the impending weekend perfectly, “It’s gonna be one hell of a party, with plans for 2016 already taking shape.”
 
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Thu
23
Jul

HEART OF STORM Discuss The Sonic And Visual Fusion Of A Rock Concert

 
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DEREK SHERINIAN (DREAM THEATER)
GREGG BISSONETTE (RINGO STARR, ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA), DOUG ALDRICH (WHITESNAKE, DIO) AND TONY FRANKLIN (THE FIRM, JIMMY PAGE, PAUL RODGERS)
DISCUSS HOW  THE SONIC AND VISUAL FUSION OF A ROCK CONCERT AND RUSSIAN BALLET CAME ABOUT, ITS EVOLUTION AND WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THEIR U.S. DEBUT IN LOS ANGELES
THIS FRIDAY, JULY 24 AND SATURDAY, JULY 25
AT 8PM IN THE ORPHEUM THEATRE

 
 
Photo from HEART OF STORM rehearsal in Los Angeles.
 
HEART OF STORM--the internationally acclaimed one-of-a-kind live rock concert and Russian ballet experience--will make its premiere in Los Angeles on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 at the Orpheum Theatre, 8pm (842 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90014).
 
In celebration of its U.S. debut, HEART OF STORM is offering fans the chance to view these shows with complimentary tickets, only on July 24 and July 25. For complimentary tickets email: tickets@redrockballet.com
 
In this in-depth interview below, HEART OF STORM's Derek Sherinian [keyboardist]and Gregg Bissonette [drummer], Doug Aldrich [lead guitar] and Tony Franklin [The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers] discuss how the show was born, its evolution from premiering in Europe last year in Mayto kicking off its U.S. debut this Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles and what fans can expect when they come to see this one-of-a-kind rock concert and ballet experience. View the sizzle reel for HEART OF STORM here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqWoMKefKOM.
 
HEART OF STORM is played live and loud by an all-star band including renowned keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater), drummer Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr, Electric Light Orchestra), lead guitar Doug Aldrich(Whitesnake, Dio, Revolution Saints), bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm, Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers) and rhythm guitarist Brent Woods(Warrant, Sebastian Bach) and alto saxophonist  Brandon Fields(Tower Of Power, George Benson). The music that was created needed a strong visual, so the group teamed with the young and talented Russian-Korean choreographer Stas Tsoy.The music, performance, and visuals come together to tell this unforgettable tale of a young Major named Storm as he travels to the depths of the labyrinth of Life, Death and Love.
 
This hybrid rock concert fused with stunning, young Russian ballet talent--spanning the Bolshoi Theatre, Swan Lake and the Nutcracker--inherits the tradition of classical ballet, while charting new territory into live, emotional theater. HEART OF STORM is an explosive and theatrical rock ballet extravaganza.
 
Get an in-depth look into HEART OF STORM here:
 
Q: When did this whole idea for HEART OF STORM evolve from? What sparked it for you?
 
Derek Sherinian: The creator Alex Semenov approached me in late 2013 to produce and play on a rock instrumental record. Alex decided to have choreographed ballet performing live along with a rock band, he found Stas Tsoy a talented Russian-Korean choreographer and this sounded like an exciting, unique opportunity to me.
 
Q: What was your vision for this artistically? What message do you guys want to get across? What should people walk away with?
 
Doug Aldrich: Artistically, I thought this was a cool fusion of arts and I wanted an opportunity to push myself in some new directions after Whitesnake. This was really something interesting and obviously with a great bunch of friends that also happen to be at the top level as musicians. I hope to have people walk away feeling happy to see and hear something fresh that is a new idea.
 
Derek Sherinian: Heart Of Storm is Alex Semenov's vision. My job is to help him see his vision through on the musical end.
 
Tony Franklin: Heart Of Storm is part rock show, part Russian ballet--with a killer band, featuring top name rock musicians--and world class Russian ballet. 'Storm' is the main character, and the storyline follows his tumultuous journey of love, anger, jealousy and death. But this is not just a dance show with accompanying rock music. Both the band and ballet are interwoven into a unique, powerful and emotional performance. I've never seen anything like it.
 
Q: How did the idea of fusing the music with ballet come about? How did you create the songs to fit with the ballet choreography?
 
Derek Sherinian: The music was written first, and then the dancing was choreographed afterwards.
 
Doug Aldrich: Music has always been in ballet I guess, but this is a fresh approach that the composer felt would be more intense and fit well with the choreography. It could possibly reach a new audience that might otherwise skip ballet. I myself have never been to a ballet, but now I'm interested. The Red Rock Ballet is made up of very talented young dancers from Russia.
 
Q: What is the story of HEART OF STORM? Tell us about the production and look of the show.
 
Tony Franklin: The Orpheum Theater is the perfect setting. In the Broadway Theater District of Los Angeles, it has a long history dating back to the 1920's. The list of artists who've performed here is remarkable, including Judy Garland, the Marx Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Little Richard, Stevie Wonder--the list goes on. American Idol and America's Got Talent are also filmed here. The Orpheum stage has been transformed to accommodate the unique Heart Of Storm production. The lights, the setting, the sound and performances are all fine-tuned to express the broad array of emotions of the storyline. I'm really excited to be part of Heart Of Storm.
 
Doug Aldrich: I was so immersed in learning the material that I didn't really know much about the story at first. But once we started to run the show together, it all made sense... The look seems to be heavy....very edgy, but with classic Ballet feel in spots. In other places it probably pushes the limit a bit.
 
Q: Can you elaborate on the band's chemistry? What's the dynamic like?
 
Derek Sherinian: Everyone in this band is not only incredible musicians, but incredible people as well. Tony Franklin and Gregg Bissonette are hands down the nicest rhythm section in rock! I am truly blessed to be working with such a great team of people across the board.
 
Doug Aldrich: Derek is our fearless leader and has put together a very diverse bunch of people to perform the music. I know Derek had been working on this for some time. Then I happened to be in Moscow for a day and I got a phone call from Brent Woods saying that he and Derek were out at a party in town and asked if I wanted to join. Haha. I was asleep and jetlagged so I didn't go, but a few months later Derek started to think about this production and called me to play. I have to say, it's been a huge amount of work for me to get up to speed, but we had so much fun that time has flown by. We are all very different people so it feels unlike any project I've been in. Gregg and Brent secretly coordinated wardrobe the entire time showing up with the same shit and shoes or whatever... Tony is truly one of the nicest people you could ever meet. His playing is just astounding... so giant. Like all the guys I reckon. Brandon has just blown me away...with horns and flutes!!! He has been very patient with us as he has not had to deal with a band this loud. But he seriously shreds if that can be deemed a compliment from me. Derek is that bad boy dude with chops that will back it up. Derek and Brent are serious gearheads which of course I can relate to. Derek has more gear than just about anyone I know.... I get it. There is always more room for something new. Brent plays so awesome. I'm really glad to work with him. He is playing solos as well, but also doing acoustic work which is very important with a ballet. Gregg is joking around all the time... always, but he just an insanely talented player. He like all these guys has played with the best of the best cause they are that good.
 
Gregg Bissonette: The band chemistry is awesome. I've been a fan of all of these musicians for many years and have played with everyone before except Brent Woods, but now he's my new best friend :). The first day I showed up for rehearsal, I was wearing a red Foo Fighters shirt and black jeans and Brent was wearing a red shirt and black jeans. Everyone commented on it, so each morning we decided to mess with the others by calling ahead of time and wearing the same colors. It took them a while to figure it out and they thought we were on the same wave length, but they quickly caught on :).We all really take the music seriously, as a drummer in the band you have two man jobs: the tempo, and controlling the dynamics... bringing it way down and way up when you need to. Brandon is one of the world's greatest sax players and I've played with him at the Baked Potato Jazz club in L.A., on his solo albums, and we were in the house band for the Latin Grammys a few years ago. I was in a band with Derek called Jughead which my brother Matt Bissonette (Elton John's bassist) and Ty Tabor (Kings X) were also in. Derek and I also played in Italy with Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple, that's where I played with Doug Aldrich as well. Tony Franklin and I have played a ton together over the years and have been great pals for 20 years. We played years ago on a movie called Endless Summer 2. It was a surf movie. We've done a million albums together and toured all over the world. Derek is the glue that brought us all together. He is a great guy, a fantastic musician, and a wonderful producer and band leader. The music we are playing with Heart of Storm is written so well that it lends itself to having a lot of dynamics, (playing at different musical volume levels). It's very passionate music and when everyone sees the dancers and storyline, they will love it and see that it's all brilliantly connected.
 
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HEART OF STORM
FRIDAY, JULY 24 and SATURDAY, JULY 25
ORPHEUM THEATRE
842 S. BROADWAY
LOS ANGELES, CA  90014
Doors: 6:30 PM, Show begins: 8:00 PM
@RedRockBallet 
 
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Fri
10
Jul

Legendary Guitarist KEE MARCELLO Announces UK Tour For October

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Swedish Guitarist Kee Marcello (Europe / Easy Action / K2) has announced a Uk tour commencing in early October 2015.
 
Dates released so far are:
1st Oct Cardiff - The Globe
2nd Oct Camden London - The Underworld
3rd Oct Great Yarmouth - The Iron Maiden Bar
4th Oct Stourbridge - The River Rooms
5th Oct Bolton - Railway Venue
9th Oct Scunthorpe - The Lincoln Imp

This is likely to be the most comprehensive tour of the UK that Kee has done in a number of years and will coincide with the signing of a new record deal, a new "Kee Marcello Signature Gibson Les Paul guitar" being released and numerous appearences / clinics at various Universities and Musical Instrument stores around the Uk. The Cardiff date of the tour billed as "An evening with Kee Marcello" will also include a "Guitar Clinic" and plans are underway to film the night for a live DVD. This Dvd will include footage from the rest of the tour which is likely to contribute towards a documentary being planned by Swedish television channel "TV4".

Needless to say, all this activity is in support of a new album which is currently in production...

Kee Marcello is one of the most renowned guitarists out of Scandinavia with an amazing track record. From the hugely successful Swedish glam / pop group "Noise" in the early 80's through to the first U.S. major label deal ever signed by a Scandinavian group: Easy Action (Warner Bros) and then on to multimillion selling success with one of the biggest music exports out of Sweden to date: Europe. In the late 80's early 90's Europe sold over 30 million albums and had number 1 singles in 26 countries as well as sharing the stage with acts such as Metallica, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi.
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Fri
10
Jul

Footage of July 8 Lucky Strike Live Jam Night in Hollywood Online


Los Angeles, CA - Footage of the July 8 Lucky Strike Live Jam Night in Hollywood, CA has been posted on the California Rock News You Tube channel.
 
Songs performed included VAN HALEN's "Hot For Teacher", featuring Billy Sheehan (WINERY DOGS, MR. BIG), Nuno Bettencourt (EXTREME, RHIANNA), Glen Sobel (ALICE COOPER, VIVIAN CAMPBELL), Steve Ferlazzo (ADAM LAMBERT, DRAMA GODS) and Carl Restivo (STREET SWEEPER SOCIAL CLUB).  Bettencourt took on double duty singing lead and performing a heavy rendition of RADIOHEAD's "Creep" along with Phil X (BON JOVI, THE DRILLS), Sobel, Ferlazzo and Daniel Spriewald (THE DRILLS).

Started earlier this year by house band members Chuck Wright (QUIET RIOT, HOUSE OF LORDS), Matt Starr (ACE FREHLEY, MR. BIG) and Mitch Perry (EDGAR WINTER, MSG), the Lucky Strike Live Jam, held weekly on Wednesday nights, has been a meeting place for L..A musicians to collaborate and jam in an unrehearsed, spontaneous environment, often resulting in eclectic line-ups with a rotating set list and packed house.
 
LSL Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/luckystrikelive
 
Videos: "Hot For Teacher" - feat. Billy Sheehan, Nuno Bettencourt, Glen Sobel, Carl Restivo, Steve Ferlazzo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QLGmLYT0U0

"Creep" feat. Nuno Bettencourt, Phil X, Glen Sobel, Daniel Spriewald, Steve Ferlazzo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RxxAic1dUc

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Thu
09
Jul

Australia's THE RADIO SUN at HRH AOR Fest 2016

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THE RADIO SUN will make its first trek to the U.K. in 2016 part of HRH AOR Fest 4 in North Wales. With the band's new album 'Heaven Or Heartbreak' out this coming September on Melodic Rock Records, The Radio Sun are looking forward to playing songs from their debut album, EP and new full length album.
 
New album details, audio samples and pre-order information coming soon.
 
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Mon
06
Jul

SOTO Take On Europe 'Live In The Vertigo' This September

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SOTO, featuring the legendary hard rock vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TALISMAN, JOURNEY) embarking on a Eurpean tour 'Live In The Vertigo' beginning middle of September, in support of the new album 'Inside The Vertigo'. SOTO will be performing selections from JSS classic past. More details on the tour, special guest, support band, will be made available soon.

Upcoming SOTO 'Live In The Vertigo' tour dates:

16.9. Sala Boveda, Barcelona, Spain
17.9. Sala Lemon, Madrid, Spain
18.9. t.b.a., Seville, Spain
19.9. Festival, Alicante, Spain
20.9. Centro Civico Delicias, Zaragoza, Spain
24.9. Garage Deluxe, Munich, Germany
25.9. Hall of Fame, Wetzikon, Switzerland
26.9. Rock In Park/Legend Club, Milan, Italy

More dates to be announced soon.

Jeff Scott Soto is one of today’s premier rock frontmen and vocalists and a union of hotshot young musicians: Jorge Salan (lead guitar), BJ (keyboards, guitars), David Z (bass) and Edu Cominato (drums), bring you a slamming blend of melody and muscle in some of the freshest power metal to surface in years present. Together they are SOTO.

SOTO recently released a music video for the track “Break”, featured on the new album, Inside The Vertigo. The video, directed by Thiago Kiss, can be seen here: https://youtu.be/ivgSA4V6gf0

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Fri
26
Jun

JOURNEY Adds NEAL “VORTEX” SCHON As Special Guest On Canadian Tour

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Omar Hakim Tapped to Play Drums for both JOURNEY and NEAL “VORTEX” SCHON

 
NEAL “VORTEX” SCHON has been added as the special guest to JOURNEY’s upcoming Canadian tour, which launches Monday, July 6 in Winnipeg Manitoba with concerts scheduled through August 3 in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. This tour marks the first time the American rock greats perform a Canada-only tour, including markets in which band has never previously performed such as Penticton; Prince George; and Dawson Creek, British Columbia; and Lethbridge, Alberta. See below for a complete list of tour dates. Tickets are on sale now - visit www.journeymusic.com for complete tour and ticketing information.
 
NEAL "VORTEX" SCHON features Schon on guitar, Omar Hakim on drums, Rachel Z Hakim on keyboards and Jerry Brooks on bass. NEAL “VORTEX” SCHON will perform selections from Schon’s brand new, all-instrumental 2-CD album, Vortex, released June 23 through the Mascot Label Group. The albumfeaturing Neal Schon on guitars and bass, drummer Steve Smith, GRAMMY-winning keyboardist Jan Hammer, and keyboardist Igor Len - utilizes rock as its foundation, and embraces elements of jazz, classical and world music in an 18-track, sonically explosive collection of original compositions.  The music of Vortex came to life at Berkeley’s Fantasy Studios, Schon’s preferred spot for recording since Journey cut the 10-times-platinum number-one album Escape there in 1981.
 
Blazing hotter than ever with the lineup of founder Neal Schon (lead guitar and backing vocals), Jonathan Cain (keyboards and backing vocals), co-founder Ross Valory (bass and backing vocals), and lead vocalist Arnel Pineda (who was discovered by Schon), Journey has created some of the best-known songs in rock, such as “Wheel In The Sky,” “Separate Ways,” and “Faithfully.”  Neal Schon recruited Omar Hakim to play drums for Journey’s recent Hollywood Bowl Opening Night concert, the band’s July 4th performance in Provo, Utah, and the Canadian tour.
 
The Hollywood Bowl, one of the most iconic concert venues in the world, launched its 94th season with its 2015 Opening Night Concert featuring JOURNEY who performed with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), on June 20. The Bowl’s opening night is traditionally a fundraiser for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s many education and community programs, which serve more than 150,000 youth, families and teachers every year, and this year it raised a record $1.6 million; the previous best was $1.4 million in 2011.
Following the Hollywood Bowl opener, and Hakim’s debut with Journey, Neal Schon stated, “I'm very happy I was able to bring Omar Hakim in to help us pull together a very elaborate and complex show at the last minute. It was a nearly impossible feat, and tall order for anyone, but with Omar’s musical integrity and talent, we pulled it off and had a blast! Glad to know I've still got the ears and now I'm 2 for 2: first was finding Arnel and now, recruiting Omar Hakim.”
 
Over the years JOURNEY has earned multiple accolades, including 19 Top 40 singles; producing 25 Gold and Platinum albums; and receiving a Diamond certification for its Greatest Hits album, marking U.S. sales in excess of 15 million. In 2011, they drew nearly a million fans to their Eclipse World Tour and was awarded the prestigious "Legend Of Live Award" at the Billboard Touring Awards in honor of their significant and lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and in acknowledgement of their commitment to the fans and the art of performing live.
 
The group’s seminal anthem - “Don’t Stop Believin’” - is the top-selling digital catalog track inhistory, after being featured in the last scene of the electrifying series finale of HBO's ‘The Sopranos’  and then reaching another level of stratospheric success when it was covered by the cast of FOX's wildly successful series ‘Glee.’  Three decades after its original release, "Don't Stop Believin'” has reached a new generation of young fans welcoming this legendary band as it continues to bring its signature sound of classic hits around the world.
 
The intensely creative guitar giant, Neal Schon, has always had an innate ability to make glorious music. He began playing at age five and was inspired by soul vocalists like Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight, and blues and jazz guitarists ranging from B.B. King Albert King, and Eric Clapton to Wes Montgomery. When Schon was just 15 years old, Carlos Santana invited him to join his band. Schon’s recording debut was on the classic 1971 album Santana III. He played the solo on the LP’s hit single,“Everybody’s Everything.” Recently Schon  completed the album Santana IV with Carlos Santana, co-writing songs and playing guitar. Additionally, Journey, co-headlined with Santana on Carlos’ recent homecoming concerts in Mexico.
 
JOURNEY’S 2015 CANADIAN TOUR DATES:
6-July                         Winnipeg, MB                      MTS Centre
8- July                       Calgary, AB                           Fort Calgary – Stampede Roundup
10-July                       Penticton, BC                       South Okanagan Events Centre
11-July                       Vancouver, BC                     Rogers Arena
13-July                       Victoria, BC                          Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
15-July                       Prince George, BC               CN Centre
16-July                       Dawson Creek, BC               EnCana Events Centre
18-July                       Edmonton, AB                     Rexall Place
19-July                       Lethbridge, AB                     ENMAX Centre
21-Jul                         Regina, SK                             Brandt Centre
22-Jul                        Saskatoon, SK                      SaskTel Centre
25-Jul                         Hamilton, ON                      FirstOntario Centre
26-Jul                        Kingston, ON                        Rogers K-Rock Centre
28-Jul                        Montréal, QC                        Centre Bell
30-Jul                        Moncton, NB                        Moncton Coliseum
31-Jul                         Dartmouth, NS                    Alderney Landing
2-Aug                         St. John’s, NL                       Mile One Centre
3-Aug                         St. John’s, NL                       Mile One Centre
 
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Tue
23
Jun

Irish Rockers THE ANSWER Kick Off North American Tour Tonight

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Includes Dates With Whitesnake, Headline Shows And Festival Appearances
 
Irish Rockers THE ANSWER have released their new album Raise a Little Hell to critical acclaim via Napalm Records. The album debuted at number 1 in the UK national Rock Chart and also charted in Germany and a number of European territories.  The band has been on the road non-stop in support of the album and is now ready to take over North America again!  Check out a special video message from the band HERE.

Having just completed a successful European run followed THE ANSWER have returned to the USA for their first dates on this side of the pond in over six years.  The Irish Rockers are set to join classic rock icons Whitesnake as they make their way across the states breaking off to play some festivals and their own headline club shows.

Featuring larger-than-life riffs, unforgettable melodies and a return to their raw bluesy roots, Raise A Little Hell presents a collection of hard hitting anthems that point to the spirit of AC/DC and Thin Lizzy.  Raise a Little Hell is available at the Napalm Web Store, Amazon, and iTunes
 
THE ANSWER With Whitesnake:
6/22: Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theater 
6/23: San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theater
6/25: El Paso, TX @ Socorro Event Center
6/27: Greeley, CO @ Greeley Independence Stampede**
6/30: Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
7/1: St. Paul, MN @ Myth*
7/3: Sterling Heights, MI @ Freedom Hill AMP
7/5:  Northfield, OH @ Hard Rock 
7/7: Huber Heights, OH @ Music Center @ The Heights
7/8: Wabash, IN @ Honeywell Center  
7/9: St. Louis, MO @ ORH*
7/10: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room*
7/11: St. Paul, MN @ Myth
7/12: Chicago, IL @ Reggies*
7/14: Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom
7/16: Oshkosh, WI @ Rock USA
7/17: Geneva, IL @ Geneva Music Park
7/18: Merrillville, IN @ Star Plaza  
7/20: Greensburg, PA @ Palace Theater
7/21: Washington, DC @ DC9*
7/22: New York, NY @ Knitting Factory*
7/24: Green Bay, WI @ Burning Cow Festival**

*Headline Date
**Festival Date
 
For More Info Visit:

www.theanswer.ie
www.facebook.com/theanswerrock
www.napalmrecords.com

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Fri
19
Jun

DEF LEPPARD'S "Hysteria On The High Seas" Inaugural Fan Cruise On Sale Today

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Def Leppard's inaugural fan cruise, "Hysteria on the High Seas," a unique, four-day, four-night voyage out of Miami next January 21-25, 2016 aboard the MSC Divina, goes on sale today (6/18).
 
One of the greatest rock bands of all time, Def Leppard, will sail with their fans aboard the MSC Divina for the entire cruise, as "Hysteria on the High Seas" visits Grand Bahama Island and the private island paradise of Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. Two payment plans are available for cabins aboard the full-ship charter, which are priced starting at $899 USDper person for double-occupancy cabins, and $600 USD per person for quad rooms (government fees, taxes, and gratuities not included). For booking and more information, visit: DefLeppardCruise.com
 
This exclusive cruise is a fantasy camp for enthusiasts of Def Leppard, with non-stop entertainment, activities and fun. While this cruise is about all things Def Leppard, the "Hysteria" continues with some of the great names from the 80's and beyond, with an initial lineup that includes: Tom Keifer; Last in Line; Eric Martin (Mr. Big); Ritchie Kotzen; Kip Winger; Eddie Trunk and Luc Carl with more to come.  In addition, passengers sailing aboard the cruise will received complimentary admission to an exclusive pre-cruise event on Wednesday, January 20 in Miami, FL, featuring special guest artists and more (details TBA).
 
Def Leppard's "Hysteria On The Seas" fan cruise will include:
  • Complimentary admission to the Def Leppard Cruise Pre-Partyon January 20 (Details TBA)
  • Stops at two exciting ports of call, Grand Bahama Island and private island oasis, Half Moon Cay.
  • Def Leppard Theater Performance
  • Def Leppard "Storytellers" Performance and Q&A
  • Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell in Last in Line Performance
  • Eddie Trunk's "Def Leppard, Behind the Music"
  • Daily performances from support artists on four stages throughout the ship
  • Support Artist "Storyteller" Performances
  • Support Artist Meet & Greets/Photo Ops, Jams and Q&A Sessions
  • Special Events, Theme Nights and much more
  • Additional Def Leppard events to be announced
About Def Leppard:
Def Leppard--Joe Elliott (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick "Sav" Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums)--continues to be one of the most important forces in rock music. With 100 million records sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, the group's spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, continue to sell out venues worldwide. For the past thirty years the band's epic live shows and arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as an institution in both the music and touring industry. For more information visit: defleppard.com, or connect on Facebook and Twitter.  
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Fri
12
Jun

DEATHDEALER Announce European Tour This Summer

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Although the forthcoming sophomore release from DeathDealer, 'Hallowed Ground,' won't be arriving until September 11th (via SMG Records), the band - led by ex-Manowar/Dictators guitarist Ross the Boss - will be hitting the road this summer, with a string of Euro dates. 

"I cannot wait to hit the stage again and reconnect with all our friends in Europe," says Ross. "HAIL AND KILL!!"

Also, available at these shows (which runs from July 16th through August 2nd) will be a "DeathDealer Limited Edition Metal Tour Package," which will contain the following items (housed in a custom printed tin container):
-- 'Warmaster CD' 
-- Limited Edition T-Shirt (L, XL)
-- Patch 
-- Download card with (3) new DeathDealer songs from the forthcoming 'Hallowed Ground' album (the tracks "Break the Silence," "Plan of Attack,” and "The Anthem")
The 13-track CD was mixed and mastered by Stu Marshall at Frontier Studios in Sydney, Australia, and contains massively epic orchestrations, speed metal anthems, and sing along headbangers, as well. 

The band - which in addition to Ross is comprised of Sean Peck (Cage, Denner/Shermann), Stu Marshall (Dungeon, Empires of Eden), Steve Bolognese (Into Eternity), and Mike Davis (Halford, Lizzy Borden) - is fresh off of the Metal All Stars arena tour, and are primed to rock the world with a killer new album and kickass stage show. Get ready to rock! 

TOUR DATES:
Thursday, July 16th      Waregem, Belgium     Gasolina Rock and Metal Cafe               
Friday, July 17th           Tilburg, Holland           Little Devil               
Saturday, July 18th       Den Haag, Holland      Musicon                  
Sunday, July 19th         Roeselare, Belgium    Verlichte Geest       
Monday, July 20th         Mulheim, Germany     Gaststatte Rheinpreussen
Wednesday, July 22nd  Osnabruck, Germany   Bastard Club           
Thursday, July 23rd      Brande-Hornerkirchen, Germany    HOA Festival               
Friday, July 24th          Renchen Germany           Come Inn                 
Saturday, July 25th      Maasmechelen, Belgium  Meat and Metal Festival @ Jan Hertog
Tuesday, July 28th      Stockholm, Sweden      Gota Kallare             
Wednesday, July 29th     Gavle, Sweden          Hardrocks Klubb     
Friday, July 31st           Gothenburg, Sweden    Sticky Fingers         
Saturday, August 1st     Kierspe-Ronsahl, Germany   Gut Haarbecke, BAAAM Fest               
Sunday, August 2nd     Frankfurt, Germany       Spritzehaus  


FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:
deathdealer.co
facebook.com/deathdealerband
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Fri
12
Jun

JET RED Original Lineup Together After 25 Years For Live Show

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JET RED will be playing X FEST in Modesto, CA on August 22, 2015. The band will feature the original line-up that has not been on stage together in 25 years. That original line-up consists of Willie Hines (lead vocals, guitar), Johnny Feikert (guitar, vocals), Billy Carmassi (drums), and Brad Lang (bass, vocals). The band has reunited recently due to a little luck and good timing. Over the past few years, Hines dealt with some eye health issues and released the Willie Hines Band album "Whatever". Hines and Feikert reconnected recently and have been getting together to jam and begin writing songs together once again. This led to the potential of playing live again. Conversations with Carmassi were well received and the opportunity to get on stage together and see if they could make some magic was strong.

The unnamed band decided to find another bass player due to Brad Lang's full time gig as the mighty Y&T's bass player. Out of respect for Lang, the band decided that they could not call themselves JET RED and were considering several names until a phone call between Hines and Lang determined that Y&T was off for the month of August. JET RED was reborn as soon as the phone was hung up. Fans should look for many of the classic JET RED songs from the two releases (self-titled and Flight Plan) as well as potentially some new songs.

The last time Carmassi was on stage with JET RED can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/Es-TLHIQrIM

There is hope that the show will be not only recorded for audio release but also for a possible DVD release. For more information, please check out the JET RED website at http://www.jetred.com and follow the band via their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jet-Red/105428499495613 or via Twitter at https://twitter.com/jetred

 
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Thu
11
Jun

THE TUBES Celebrate 40th Anniversary With UK Tour

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The Tubes, the San Francisco-based rock band whose 1975 debut album included the controversial rock anthem White Punks on Dope celebrate their 40th Anniversary when they embark on a 9-date UK tour in August 2015.

Photo Credit: © Juergen Spachmann
The tour kicks off at Bristol, The Fleece on August 3, followed by Brighton Concorde 2 (August 4), Southampton, The Brook (August 6), London Clapham Grand (August 7), Manchester Club Academy (August 8), Glasgow, The Art School (August 9), Leeds Brudenell Arts Club (August 11), Edinburgh Liquid Rooms (August 12), and Wolverhampton Robin 2 (August 13).
The band's over-the-top theatrical visual live performances are known to millions of rock fans around the world for their combined quasi-pornography with outrageous satires of media, consumerism, and politics, epitomised by lead singer Fee Waybill’s deranged on-stage characters, such as the larger-than-life fictitious platform-booted, drugged out British glam rock star Quay Lewd.
 
In 1977 The Tubes toured the UK, but many of their shows were banned due to British censorship. In February 1978 they released a ground-breaking live album entitled What Do You Want From Live - recorded at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in November 1977, and also made their UK television debut on The Old Grey Whistle Test.
The Tubes are best remembered for their 1983 single She's a Beauty, a top 3 U.S. hit single bolstered by a frequently-played music video in the early days of MTV. 
 
The current five-man line-up of The Tubes features four original members - Fee Waybill (lead vocals), Roger Steen (guitar), Rick Anderson (bass) and Prairie Prince (drums), plus David Medd (keyboards), the latter who’s played with the band since 2006.
 
The August UK 2015 tour celebrates the band’s 40th Anniversary. The concerts will include all the band’s most memorable songs including What Do You Want From Life?, Mondo Bondage, Amnesia, Sushi Girl, Don’t Wanna Wait Anymore, Talk To Ya Later, She’s A Beauty and White Punks On Dope.  
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KILLER BEE with PAUL CHAPMAN (UFO) Will Join The BULLETBOYS On The Armed Alliance Tour

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HOLLYWOOD, CA (June 6, 2015) ' The BULLETBOYS will embark on a National tour starting with some key headline dates in June ' Then they will be joined by LA Guns with Tracii Guns and iconic Swedish rock band Killer Bee w/guitar guru Paul Chapman from U.F.O. for the  first leg of the Armed Alliance Tour.

BULLETBOYS VIP packages are available ' You get special early access, VIP laminate, meet & greet, signed 8x10, you can bring 2 items to be signed and a special 'merch package' full of cool stuff! Show tickets sold separate and must be purchased to activate the VIP package.

Buy your VIP here:

www.bulletboysofficial.com/my-website#!__my-website/tour-dates

The band consists of founding member Marq Torien (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Nick Rozz (Guitar), Chad MacDonald (Bass) and Shawn Duncan (Drums). All members pouring their heart and soul into the group's first album of original material since 2009. ELEFANTE was produced by Matt Thorne (Trapt/Disturbed), Marq Torien and produced/engineered by Ryan Greene (Alice Cooper/Lita Ford/Cheap Trick/Usher). The great Anthony Focx (Miley Cyrus/Aerosmith/Santana/Buckcherry) mastered this new work of art. 'Working with the Bulletboys was an amazing experience,' explains Ryan Greene. 'Most singers, from back in the 80's, were pretty good but I will tell you Marq knocked it out of the park on this record. His power and passion was second to none and he can sing in tune! No auto-tune needed, he's the real freak'n deal.  If you think for a second this is going to be some rehashed 80's record you are completely wrong!'

Look for their new MASSIVE release ELEFANTE on Cleopatra/Deadline Records, June 9. You can ORDER this long awaited album here: http://t.co/WsF2U3Xvkq

TOUR DATES - MORE DATES TBA:

JUNE ' BULLETBOYS SOLO DATES
FRI       6/05    SANDUSKY, OH                      BROKEN SPOKE SALOON
SAT      6/06    BRADLEY, IL                            THE LOONEY BIN
SUN     6/07    BEREA, OH                             THE GRINDSTONE
SAT      6/13    CHINO HILLS, CA                   SHAMROCKS

JULY - ARMED ALLIANCE TOUR W/LA GUNS TRACII GUNS & KILLER BEE W/PAUL CHAPMAN from U.F.O.

WED    7/08    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK            THUNDER ALLEY ' NEW DATE!
THU      7/09    DALLAS, TX                             GAS MONKEY LIVE
FRI       7/10    HOUSTON, TX                         CONCERT PUB NORTH
SAT      7/11    AUSTIN, TX                              THE GATSBY
SUN     7/12    SAN ANTONIO, TX                  BOOZEHOUNDS ' NEW!
MON   7/13    MARRERO, LA                         BARATARIA LIVE - -NEW!

TUE      7/14    MEMPHIS, TN                          ROCKHOUSE LIVE
FRI       7/17    PITTSBURGH, PA                     REX THEATER
SAT      7/18    MANCHESTER, NH                 JEWEL NIGHTCLUB
MON   7/20    NEW YORK, NY                      EDDIE TRUNK SHOW ' LIVE
TUE      7/21    NEW YORK, NY                      GRAMERCY THEATER **EDDIE TRUNK TO HOST
WED    7/22    TORONTO, ON                       ROCK PILE EAST
FRI       7/24    WESTLAND, MI                       THE TOKEN LOUNGE
SAT      7/25    BOLINGBROOK, IL                 TAILGATERS
SUN     7/26    FRIDLEY, MN                          GB LEIGHTON'S PICKLE PARK ' NEW!
WED    7/29    MERRIAM, KS                         AFTERSHOCK
THU      7/30    COLORADO SPR, CO           PEAK 31         

AUGUST
SAT      8/15    IRVINE, CA                             CATHOUSE LIVE FESTIVAL
THU      8/27    MELBOURNE, FL                     80'S IN THE PARK FESTIVAL

The BULLETBOYS are best known for their self-titled album BULLETBOYS in 1988 on Warner Bros. Records, releasing two major hits 'Smooth Up In Ya' and a remake of the O'Jays 'For The Love Of Money' followed by their next album FREAKSHOW with 'Hang On St. Christopher (Tom Waits cover), THC Groove and more, both albums produced by Ted Templeman .

For more information and updates click on: www.bulletboysofficial.com, www.facebook.com/pages/BULLETBOYS/121246147910242 or https://twitter.com/TheBulletBoys

 
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Wed
10
Jun

SEBASTIAN BACH Announces Australian & New Zealand Tour


Metropolis Touring & Tombowler present SEBASTIAN BACH
18 And LIVE Down Under TOUR 2015
  
Known as the Original Voice of SKID ROW, SEBASTIAN BACH is one of the finest front men to come out of the late 80s / early 90s with one hell of a voice; he is considered musical royalty and a personification of pure rock and roll at its finest!

For the first time since 2008, Bach will be returning to Australian shores as well as his very first headlining shows ever in New Zealand in September 2015!
 

 
In 2015, Sebastian still remains one of the most powerful singers to emerge from the 80s genre. He hasnt lost his high range and blockbuster vocals. -- Hard Rock Haven
 
Fists pumped and enthusiastic shouts of You rock! and Fuck yeah! painted the concert hall as Sebastian Bach swung his microphone and head banged as if it were still 1988.-- Tahoe On Stage
 
Having joined SKID ROW at the ripe young age of 18, Bach began a whirlwind career fuelled with sex, drugs and rock and roll alongside large amounts of touring and Gold & Platinum accolades, until 1996 when he ventured off on his own where he created acclaimed solo material and his various collaborations with musicians across all genres.

Check out: Temptation (Official Video) - All My Friends Are Dead (Official Video) - 18 & Life (Live Official Video)

Bach's live shows are a non-stop party filled with all the SKID ROW classics such as "Slave To The Grind", "Monkey Business", Youth Gone Wild", "I Remember You" with a prime selection of his solo cuts like Temptation, Kicking & Screaming, Falling Into You plus a whole lot more.


The crowd ate it up as he sang classic Skid Row tunes mixed in with a selection of others. His voice is still there sounding better than ever!-- National Rock Review
 
Not being one to do anything by half, Bach devotes 110% to give his all resulting in one hell of a show. Whether youre a fan from the SKID ROW days or his solo material nowadays, Bach is ready to Give Em Hell and leave you Kicking And Screaming for more!
 
Still one of the greatest voices in rock history, Sebastian will definitely go down as a legendary frontman-- Examiner

 
18 And LIVE Down Under Tour Dates 2015

Friday 18th September CHRISTCHURCH - The Bedford
Saturday 19th September AUCKLAND - The Studio
Tuesday 22nd September BRISBANE - Eatons Hill
Wednesday 23rd September SYDNEY - Metro Theatre
Friday 25th September MELBOURNE - Forum Theatre
Saturday 26th September ADELAIDE - The Gov
Sunday 27th September PERTH - Astor Theatre
 
TICKETS ON SALE 9.00am Wednesday 17th June from: http://www.metropolistouring.com/tour.php?tour=2015-sebastianbach
VIP Meet & Greet Experiences Available
 
www.metropolistouring.com
www.tombowler.com.au
www.sebastianbach.com
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Wed
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Jun

GLENN HUGHES Taps DOUG ALDRICH For European Tour

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Another interesting twist in the Whitesnake/Doug Aldrich/Glenn Hughes/Deep purple story - GLENN HUGHES has tapped former Snake guitarist DOUG ALDRICH to be his guitarist for the upcoming European tour. I guess Doug will get to rip through Burn and Stormbringer after all!
From Glenn: "I'm happy to announce Doug Aldrich will join me on Tour in Europe this Summer. More @ www.glennhughes.com"
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May

HELLOWEEN Announce Australian Tour

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Metropolis Touring & Tombowler are proud to present The God Given Right Australian Tour 2015
 
When you think of Power Metal, one of the first bands that come to your mind is the German Legends HELLOWEEN! Its not just a coincidence theyve played countless festivals all over the globe to a massive audience, and furthermore, they have taken their enthralling live performances as headline tours all over the world as well. Now, 30 years into their career, HELLOWEEN finally make their triumphant return to Australia. Incredibly, this will be the second time ever they have toured Australia and their first time ever in Adelaide & Perth!  
Helloween proves that they are not just a bunch of angry Hobbit-lovers with a knack for shredding guitar solos. They are well-defined and smart musicians who want to escape the boundaries that being a metal band entails.
Consequence of Sound
 
With the 15 albums they have released so far, they have sold well over 8 million copies, and have achieved several Gold and Platinum awards. The band shows absolutely no signs of slowing down, and after over 100 sold out shows in support of their previous album, the band is on a mission to break their own records in support of their latest offering My God-Given Right. This show is one of those shows that stays in your memory forever.
Free Magazine
 
3 decades into their career, the band is on their absolute top form creatively, as well as on the live show front. Hailed as one of the inventors of the power/speed metal genre, HELLOWEEN continue to break records and get better and better as the years continue. Not too many bands in the world can say that theyve been getting better with age, but Helloween is a band than has mastered and continues to break ground in one of the most thrilling sub-genres of metal.
 
The German powerhouse of the genre brought their A game, or rather their A+ game, and proved why, after almost 30 years in the business, Helloween is still a force to be reckoned with.
Metal Storm
 
The fiery riffs and solos backed by the relentless thumping of the double kick drums and the soaring vocals ensure a glorious night of headbanging, sing alongs and circle pits. A HELLOWEEN gig is a party like no other. The legions of fans are sure to come out in numbers and this is one gig that will stay in your memory for a long, long time be sure not to miss this one!
 Make no mistake, Helloween is back
Hard Rock Haven
 
HELLOWEEN AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

Wednesday 14th October Melbourne, 170 Russell
Friday 16th October Sydney, Metro Theatre
Saturday 17th October Brisbane, Max Watts
Monday 19th October Adelaide, The Gov
Tuesday 20th October Perth, Capitol
 
TICKETS ON SALE 9.00am Monday 1st June from:
http://www.metropolistouring.com/tour.php?tour=2015-helloween
 
VIP Meet & Greet Packages available all shows

The New album My God-Given Right out 29

th May via Nuclear Blast / Caroline Australia
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May

BULLETBOYS Will Embark On The Armed Alliance Tour

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BULLETBOYS Will Embark On The ARMED ALLIANCE TOUR
 
“ELEFANTE” ON CLEOPATRA/DEADLINE RECORDS
 
The BULLETBOYS will embark on a National tour starting with some key headline dates in June – Then they will be joined by LA Guns with Tracii Guns for the  first leg of the Armed Alliance Tour.
 
BULLETBOYS VIP packages are available – You get special early access, VIP laminate, meet & greet, signed 8x10, you can bring 2 items to be signed and a special “merch package” full of cool stuff! Show tickets sold separate and must be purchased to activate the VIP package.
 
 
The band consists of founding member Marq Torien (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Nick Rozz (Guitar), Chad MacDonald (Bass) and Shawn Duncan (Drums). All members pouring their heart and soul into the group’s first album of original material since 2009. ELEFANTE was produced by Matt Thorne (Trapt/Disturbed), Marq Torien and engineered by Ryan Greene (Alice Cooper/Lita Ford/Cheap Trick/Usher). The great Anthony Focx (Miley Cyrus/Aerosmith/Santana/Buckcherry) mastered this new work of art. “Working with the Bulletboys was an amazing experience,” explains Ryan Greene. “Most singers, from back in the 80's, were pretty good but I will tell you Marq knocked it out of the park on this record. His power and passion was second to none and he can sing in tune! No auto-tune needed, he's the real freak’n deal.  If you think for a second this is going to be some rehashed 80's record you are completely wrong!”
 
Look for their new MASSIVE release ELEFANTE on Cleopatra/Deadline Records, June 9th 2015. You can PRE-ORDER this long awaited album here: http://t.co/WsF2U3Xvkq
 
Tour Dates – More Dates TBA:
 
June – Bulletboys Solo Dates
 
Fri       6/05    Sandusky, Oh                      Broken Spoke Saloon
Sat      6/06    Bradley, Il                            The Looney Bin
Sun     6/07    Berea, Oh                             The Grindstone
Sat      6/13    Chino Hills, Ca                   Shamrocks
 
July – Armed Alliance Tour W/La Guns & Traci Guns
 
Thu      7/09    Dallas, Tx                             Gas Monkey Live
Fri       7/10    Houston, Tx                         Concert Pub North
Sat      7/11    Austin, Tx                              The Gatsby
Tue      7/14    Memphis, Tn                          Rockhouse Live
Fri       7/17    Pittsburgh, Pa                     Rex Theater
Sat      7/18    Manchester, Nh                 Jewel Nightclub
Mon   7/20    New York, Ny                      Eddie Trunk Show – Live
Tue      7/21    New York, Ny                      Gramercy Theater
Wed    7/22    Toronto, On                       Rock Pile East
Fri       7/24    Westland, Mi                       The Token Lounge
Sat      7/25    Bolingbrook, Il                 Tailgaters
Wed    7/29    Merriam, Ks                         Aftershock
Thu      7/30    Colorado Spr, Co           Peak 31         
 
August
 
Sat      8/15    Irvine, Ca                             Cathouse Live Festival
Thu      8/27    Melbourne, Fl                     80’s In The Park Festival
 
The BULLETBOYS are best known for their self-titled album BULLETBOYS in 1988 on Warner Bros. Records, releasing two major hits “Smooth Up In Ya” and a remake of the O’Jays “For The Love Of Money” followed by their next album FREAKSHOW with “Hang On St. Christopher (Tom Waits cover), THC Groove and more – both albums produced by Ted Templeman .
 
 
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May

VASBY ROCK FESTIVAL Adds Their Own All-Star Band

 
Vasby Rock Allstars is the festival's very own all-star band.
 
Appearing at the VRF this year, the band will play over 90 minutes, of songs from including Black Sabbath, The Runaways, and more.
Vassby Rock Festival are extremely proud to present Cherie Currie (ex. The Runaways) for the first time ever on a Scandinavian stage.
 
Vasby Rock Allstars are:
 
Zinny J. Zan - vocals
Tony Martin - vocals
Cherie Currie - vocals
Thomas Vikström - vocals
Johnny Lima - vocals
Annika Lewin - vocals
Chris Laney - guitar
Martin Sweet - guitar
Allan Sundberg - guitar
Ludvig Turner - guitar and vocals
Nalle Påhlsson - bass
Soufian Ma’Aoui - bass
Björn Höglund - drums
 
 
 
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DANGEROUS TOYS Added To Upcoming Music Festivals

DANGEROUS TOYS, the Austin, Texas classic melodic hard rock band led by lead vocalist Jason McMaster (Watchtower / Broken Teeth / Ignitor / Evil United) has announced a list of upcoming US show dates:
6/6/15 - Buffalo Rose - Golden, Colorado
8/15/15 - Cathouse Live festival - Irvine, California
10/17/15 - Pickle Park Bar & Grill - Minneapolis. Minnesota
2/22/16 - 2/26/16 - Monsters of Rock Cruise - Miami, Florida
Jason McMaster stated the following: "We are looking forward to all of these dates.Toys fans will not let this band die. We have ramped this thing up by booking more shows this year than we have in a while".
For the latest band news, visit their official website and Facebook page: Dangerous Toys official website Dangerous Toys Facebook page:
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21
May

LOU GRAMM Announces First 2015 Live Dates

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LOU GRAMM, THE VOICE OF FOREIGNER, TO EMBARK ON
EXTENSIVE NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER/FALL TOUR IN 2015
 
LEGENDARY LEAD SINGER OF ONE OF ROCK'S GREATEST BANDS
TO PERFORM AN EVENING FULL OF HITS WITH THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
AT DELTA CLASSIC CHASTAIN PARK AMPHITHEATER IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA ON FRIDAY, JUNE 5      
 
If you listen to classic rock radio on a daily basis, you'd be hard-pressed to go a full day without hearing the distinctive and powerful vocals of Lou Gramm blasting through your speakers. 
As the voice of Foreigner, one of rock's most popular and successful bands, Lou can be heard on every single one of the band's classic hits, which includes sixteen Top 30 songs and nine Top 10's over the years. For those into chart success, that's one less than the Eagles and the same as Fleetwood Mac.
 
Here are the Top 10's: "I Want To Know What Love Is," "Waiting For A Girl Like You," "Double Vision," "Hot Blooded," "Urgent," "Feels Like The First Time," "I Don't Want To Live Without You," "Say You Will" and "Cold As Ice."
You know them well.

And let's not forget "Head Games," the rock anthem, "Juke Box Hero" and other rockers such as "Dirty White Boy," "That Was Yesterday," "Blue Morning, Blue Day," "Long Long Way From Home" and "Break It Up" that cracked the Top 30.
By 1980, Foreigner's first eight singles (from their first three albums, Foreigner, Double Vision and Head Games) entered the Billboard Top 20 charts, making them the first band to achieve that feat since the Beatles.                     

On Friday, June 5, fans are in for a real rock and roll treat as Lou will performing a vast selection of those Foreigner hits, along with such solo hits as "Midnight Blue" and "Just Between You and Me," with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Guest Conductor: Brent Havens) and his band at the Delta Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta, Georgia.         
One hit after another.
      
In 1978, shortly after the release of "Hot Blooded," Circus magazine remarked that Lou had a voice that Robert Plant might envy.
Of course, the rest was rock and roll history as when all might have been said but not yet done, Foreigner would join Led Zeppelin on the Atlantic Records label as one of the most successful artists ever on the imprint.                
In May of 2013, Lou, with the help of writer Scott Pitoniak, released a must-read autobiography titled, Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock 'n' Roll (Triumph Books).
 
A month later, he would be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. 

Lou and his band -- currently comprised of brother Ben Grammatico on drums, Michael Staertow on guitar, AD Zimmer on bass and Andy Knoll on keyboards -- have been on the road since the beginning of the year and have already performed a few dozen shows to date.
After the Chastain Park Amphitheater performance in early June, Lou will continue to tour throughout the year (see current itinerary below).
Come out and hear the voice behind the songs that have propelled Foreigner's worldwide album sales to exceed 75 million units, making them one of the world's best-selling artists of all-time.     
 
Lou Gramm Official Website and Links:        
www.lougramm.com 
www.lougramm.com/tour 
www.lougramm/discography
 
Lou Gramm Tour 2015*
 
Thursday, May 21 - Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie, Washington
Saturday, May 23 - Bakersfield Rockin Country Festival in Bakersfield, California
Friday, June 5 - Chastain Amphitheatre with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta, Georgia
Saturday, June 6 - Old Shawnee Days Festival in Shawnee, Kansas
Saturday, June 20 - Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield, Ohio
Saturday, June 27 - Rockin Ribs Festival in Augusta, New Jersey
Saturday, July 4 - Sun Peaks Concert Series in Sun Peaks Village, British Columbia, Canada
Friday, July 10 - Peacefest in Peace River, Alberta, Canada
Saturday, July 11 - BobStock in Fort Morgan, Colorado
Thursday, July 16 - La Fete Du Lac Nations in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Sunday, July 19 - Great S. Bay Music Fest in Patchogue, New York     
Monday, July 27 - Olds Agricultural Grandstand in Olds, Alberta, Canada
Friday, July 31 - Rockin on the River Series in North Tonawanda, New York     
Friday, August 14 - Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, Wisconsin
Friday, August 28 - Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, Virginia
Saturday, August 29 - DeKalb Corn Festival in DeKalb, Illinois
Wednesday, September 2 - Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, Minnesota
Thursday, September 3 - Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul, Minnesota
Saturday, September 12 - Clovis Music Festival in Clovis, New Mexico          
 
*Additional dates to be announced. 
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Wed
20
May

HELLYEAH Announce Australian and New Zealand Tour in August 2015

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"This isn't a rock concert. We're in this together. We are a fuckin' family, and this is Heavy Metal Psychotherapy 101!' - Chad Gray HELLYEAH

Brace yourself for full on METAL assault when HELLYEAH return to our shores after long 5 years for a headline tour of Australia & NZ this coming August! This will be their first tour of NZ since 2007 too!!

HELLYEAH is a Supergroup that lives up to the title. Featuring ex-Mudvayne singer Chad Gray, ex-Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul, ex-Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell, bassist Kyle Sanders (ex-Bloodsimple and brother of Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders) and Christian Brady (ex-'berschall) guitar. HELLYEAH are in a league of their own with their own. Their distinct sound and stage presence is best described as pure metallic fury and the envy of fans and other musicians all over the world.  This is a musician's band and they are finally getting the recognition they deserve!
 
'HELLYEAH's live performance was everything anyone could have asked for and then some.' - Cryptic Rock
'This is now an in-your-face, metal eruption.'  - On Stage Review

After eight years, three albums, countless tours as headliners, festival favourites and as Special Guests to A7X, Volbeat, Five Finger Death Punch and more, HELLYEAH have gone for the jugular with their latest album Blood For Blood. Every song on the album is a belter and doesn't give the listener an inch. And the bands live shows have been more intense than ever! With the recent addition of Saunders and Brady, the guys have a new found energy that feeds the crowd relentlessly and sees them going nuts and moshing from the front row to the back every single night. HELLYEAH Live in 2015 delivers the best of both worlds. Fans are clamouring for this tour all over the world!

'Blood for Blood' seems like an album tailor made for the stage, & HELLYEAH now have the lineup to pull it off. Trust us when we say that this is definitely an album you'll want to see the band play as much as possible in their live sets.' - Loudwire

HELLYEAH fans are huge in number and these shows are going to be packed. Expect back-breaking mosh pits, throat destroying scream-alongs and a sense of weight being lifted from your shoulders. This band is full-on dedicated to ensuring their shows are as much about the fans as about the band so these shows will be something special!

'HELLYEAH's live show is not one to be missed as its intensity was something you could feel.' - Ultra 5280
 
'HELLYEAH came out strong, truly coinciding with the characteristics of their new album. The conflagration-like screams of vocalist veteran Chad Gray were so fierce, they could have been incendiary' - Rock Roll Mag
 
TOUR DATES
Thurs, Aug 20: The Studio, Auckland NZ
Fri, Aug 21: Bar Bodega, Wellington NZ
Sat, Aug 22: Bedford, Christchurch NZ
Tues, Aug 25: The Gov, Adelaide SA
Thurs, Aug 27: The Metro, Sydney NSW
Fri, Aug 28: Eatons Hill, Brisbane QLD
Sat, Aug 29: Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC
Mon, Aug 31: Rosemount Hotel, Perth WA
 
Tickets are only $59 + booking fee and available from http://www.metropolistouring.com/tour.php?tour=2015-hellyeah
On Sale, Wednesday, May 27 @ 9.00am
 
hellyeahband.com  facebook.com/hellyeahband

Blood For Blood is out now via Eleven Seven Music / Sony Music Australia & iTunes
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Wed
13
May

VAN HALEN Add Concerts in NY and LA; Billboard Music Awards Appearance

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DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND, VAN HALEN ADDS ADDITIONAL Hollywood Bowl and
NIKON AT JONES BEACH THEATER concerts
 
New York, NY - Due to overwhelming demand, VAN HALEN has added a third New York area concert at the Nikon At Jones Beach Theater on Saturday, August 15 and an additional Hollywood Bowl show on Sunday, October 4. VAN HALEN is touring North America beginning July 5 in Seattle, Washington at the White River Amphitheatre, with concerts scheduled through October 4. Special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will support all dates along the tour.

Tickets go on sale Monday, May 18 at 10 AM through www.ticketmaster.com with advanced tickets on sale to American Express® Cardmembers beginning Wednesday, May 13. Tickets for the previously announced shows at PNC Bank Arts Center on August 9, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on August 16 and Hollywood Bowl on October 2 are on sale now.

Fans can see Van Halen perform on the ‘2015 Billboard Music Awards’ on Sunday, May 17, on ABC from 8:00 PM 11:00 PM ET. The performance marks the band's first-ever performance on an awards show with Eddie, Alex, Wolfgang and David Lee Roth.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, VAN HALEN changed the rock and roll landscape forever with the release of their self-titled, 1978 debut album and subsequently produced a repertoire of hits that remain some of the strongest and most influential rock songs ever written that fans will admire for decades to come. With more than 75 million albums sold worldwide, and more No. 1 hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart than any other artist, the band's record of achievement is hard to top. The eponymous debut album and 1984 were both certified Diamond, for U.S. sales in excess of 10 million, placing them on an elite short list of double RIAA-certified Diamond Award honorees. VAN HALEN was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Go to http://van-halen.com/ for updates and more information.

 

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Mon
11
May

NIGHTWISH Most Beautiful Downunder In January 2016

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NIGHTWISH, a breathe taking live act known to tantalise, mesmerise, inspire and captivate their audience from the opening note until the last encore is heading to Australia after performing to sold out shows back in 2013.

With a line up heading by the orchestration, direction and musical genius of the band creator and keyboardist: Tuomas Holopainen, the brilliant vocal range of Floor Jansen, the great guitar work from Emppu Vuorinen (lead/rhythm) and Marco Hietala (bass/backing vocals) all intertwined with the uplifting and atmospheric pipe work from Troy Donockley,
NIGHTWISH have very few, if any other comparisons in the music industry; this is what sets them apart, this is the phenomena that is NIGHTWISH.

Having charted at number 16 on the Australian national charts (ARIA) with their latest release ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL,
NIGHTWISH will be performing tracks from that album plus performing their entire classic and fan favourite tracks on the tour.

NIGHTWISH will be performing ONLY one show per major capital city.
There will be on offer, for the first time ever in Australia, a STRICTLY limited VIP meet and greet pass available for only 20 people per show.
The VIP Meet & Greet fan pass is obtainable exclusively from Metal Obsession www.metalobsession.net  

TOUR DATES
Thursday 7th January - The Tivoli, BRISBANE (18+)
Saturday 9th January - The Enmore Theatre, SYDNEY (All Ages)
Monday 11th January - The Forum Theatre, MELBOURNE (18+)
Wednesday 13th January - HQ Complex, ADELAIDE (18+)
Friday 15th January - Metropolis, FREMANTLE (18+)

EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW via metalobsession.net (NSW/SA/WA only)
Major ticketing outlets on sale Monday 18th May

OFFICIAL EVENT PAGE
https://www.facebook.com/events/1600449216904430/

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Mon
11
May

ERIC RAGNO Joins The Live Lineup of THE BABYS

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Great news for long time friend of this site, keyboard player ERIC RAGNO:
 
"I'm proud to share that I'm now officially playing keyboards with The Babys! I'm very excited, and prepping for all the work that needs to be done. I used to play these songs in my parent's basement growing up, and now I'll be playing it for you across the U.S. this summer."
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