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Tour News

Thu
29
Oct

DEF LEPPARD, STYX Team to Rule Night in L.A. Forum Concert

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By Gerry Gittelson
Melodicrock.com Los Angeles correspondent
 
LOS ANGELES -- Styx is a tough act to follow, but Def Leppard was up to the challenge recently, when the two classic-rock icons teamed for well-received concert at the Forum, as both acts pushed one another before a capacity crowd of nearly 20,000 at one of the USA's most storied and prestigious arenas.
 
By the end of Styx's near-hour set culminating with "Come Sail Away," the audience was going absolutely crazy, and that's something you don't usually see for a support act, particularly in Los Angeles, where crowds are more apt to fold their arms.
 
The bands have been touring together for the summer -- in addition to third-billed Tesla, no slouch in its own right -- and this event was the acid test.
 
Opening with "Rock Rock Till You Drop" (aptly titled considering the members, now in their 50s, have been together together since the 1970s), Def Leppard showed straight away that the fivesome was taking things seriously.
 
No, Def Leppard is no over-the-hill gang simply looking to cash in with nostalgia. Everyone still has great chops, particularly Joe Elliott, who proved in fine voice through the proceedings. He sang loud and clear, everyone knew all the words to just about every song, and what a performance by guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell. 
 
The crowd was jumping up and down for "Foolin'," while "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" proved a big crowd-pleaser, too. Bassist Rick Savage and drummer Rick Allen were holding down the rhythm section to such a hearty degree that we could feel the beat against our chests; Allen is especially inspirational, of course, because he has one arm, and the crowd showed a lot of adoration for him.
 
By the time Def Leppard got around to the closing "Pure Some Sugar on Me" and encores "Rock of Ages" and "Photograph," the crowd remained all theirs. 
 
Definitely a triumphant night for the Brits.
 
 
Meantime, Styx absolutely kicked ass. It wasn't so long ago the group was headlining arenas in their own right -- including a three-night stint on the very same stage back in the day -- and now that singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw has adopted Los Angeles as his home town, the performance felt like a celebration.
 
"Grand Illusion" came first, and there aren't many classic-rock favorites that have a bigger hook. "Fooling Yourself" found Shaw getting the cougars up front all hot and bothered. "Miss America" saw James Young singing loud and proud, and the execution by all involved was spot-on.
 
Lawrence Gowan has a heck of a voice in his own right, so what you have with Styx is this: three excellent singers, crisp musicianship surpassed only perhaps by Rush in North America, plus songs that lodge themselves on your brain and refuse to leave for days.
 
Tesla was excellent, too. Jeff Keith sung his butt off, and among the most well-received selections were "Gettin' Better," "Hang Tough," "Signs" and the awesome "Modern Day Cowboy."
 
Story by Gerry Gittelson. Photos by Joe Schaeffer.
 
    
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Wed
28
Oct

BLACK SABBATH Extends 'The End' Tour in 2016

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BLACK SABBATH TRIUMPHANTLY RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND, "THE END" TOUR EXTENDED INTO FALL 2016 WITH ADDITIONAL NORTH AMERICAN SHOWS
 
Due to overwhelming demand, the road to THE END just got longer.
 
 
On the heels of their much-anticipated performances in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, BLACK SABBATH will end the epic journey they began nearly five decades ago with another run of North American dates in fall 2016.  These shows will follow a mix of summer headlining and festival performances throughout Europe.
 
The second run of North American dates kicks off August 17 at Jones Beach Amphitheater in New York and includes stops at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles (where the band last performed a sold-out show on their wildly successful 13 world tour in 2014), Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto, Detroit, and Dallas, among others, before wrapping September 21 at AK-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ.
 
 
The massive 2016 world tour by the greatest Metal Band of all time marks THE END for Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler as they close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible BLACK SABBATH story with this tour.  BLACK SABBATH's THE END farewell tour promises to surpass all previous tours and will feature the band's most mesmerizing production ever.
 
When this tour concludes, it will truly be THE END, THE END of one of most legendary bands in Rock 'n Roll history...BLACK SABBATH
 
 
Photo credit:  Mark Weiss
 
BLACK SABBATH's 2016 Tour Dates are as follows:
 
NORTH AMERICA
 
Wed
1/20
Omaha, NE
CenturyLink Center
Fri
1/22
Chicago, IL
United Center
Mon
1/25
Minneapolis, MN
Target Center
Wed
1/27
Winnipeg MN
MTS Centre
Sat
1/30
Edmonton, AB
Rexall Centre
Mon
2/1
Calgary, AB
Scotiabank Saddledome
Wed
2/3
Vancouver, BC
Rogers Arena
Sat
2/6
Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Dome
Tue
2/9
San Jose, CA
SAP Pavilion
Thu
2/11
Los Angeles, CA
The Forum
Sat
2/13
Las Vegas, NV
Mandalay Bay
Mon
2/15
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center
Wed
2/17
Kansas City, MO
Sprint Center
Fri
2/19
Detroit, MI
The Palace of Auburn Hills
Sun
2/21
Hamilton, ON
First Ontario Centre
Tue
2/23
Montreal, QC
Bell Centre
Thu
2/25
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Sat
2/27
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
 
 
AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND
 
Fri
4/15   
Perth, AU      
Perth Arena
Sun
4/17  
Adelaide,AU    
Entertainment Centre
Tue
4/19  
Melbourne,AU   
Rod Laver Arena
Sat
4/23   
Sydney,AU    
Allphones Arena
Mon
4/25   
Brisbane, AU
Entertainment Centre
Thurs
4/28  
Auckland,NZ  
Vector Arena
Sat
4/30  
Dunedin,NZ   
Forsyth Barr Stadium
 
 
EUROPE
 
 
Wed
6/1
Budapest,Hungary
Groupama Arena
Wed
6/8
Berlin, Germany
Waldebuhne
**Sat
6/11
Donington, UK
Download
Mon
6/13
Verona, IT
Arena Di Verona
Wed
6/15
Zurich, Switzerland
Hallenstadon
**Fri
6/17
Dessel,Belgium
Grasspop
**Thu
6/23
Halden, Norway
Tons of Rock
**Sat
6/25
Copenhagen, DE
Copenhell
Tue
6/28
Vienna, Austria
Stadthalle
Thu
6/30
Prague, Czech Rep.
02 Arena
Sat
7/2
Krakow, Poland
Tauron Arena
Tue
7/5
Riga, Latvia
Riga Arena
**Thu
7/7
Helsinki, Finland
Monsters of Rock
**Sat
7/9
Stockholm, Sweden
Monsters of Rock
Tue
7/12
Moscow, Russia
Olympisky Arena
**Denotes festival appearance
NORTH AMERICA
 
 
 
 
 
Wed
8/17
Wantagh, NY
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Fri
8/19
Philadelphia, PA
Susquehanna Bank Center
Sun
8/21
Washington DC
Jiffy Lube Live
Tue
8/23
Holmdel, NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center
Thu
8/25
Boston, MA
Xfinity Center
Sat
8/27
Uncasville, CT
Mohegan Sun Arena
Mon
8/29
Toronto, ON
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Wed
8/31
Detroit, MI
DTE Energy Music Theater
Fri
9/2
Indianapolis, IN
Klipsch Music Center
Sun
9/4
Chicago, IL
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Wed
9/7
Dallas, TX
Gexa Energy Pavilion
Fri
9/9
Albuquerque, NM
Isleta Ampitheater
Sun
9/11
Salt Lake City, UT
USANA Ampitheater
Tue
9/13
Portland, OR
Sunlight Supply Arena
Thu
9/15
Oakland, CA
Oracle Arena
Sat
9/17
Las Vegas, NV
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Mon
9/19
Hollywood, CA
Hollywood Bowl
Wed
9/21
Phoenix, AZ
AK-Chin Pavilion
 
 
Details on Tickets, VIP packages and more for the North American shows can be found at:  www.Livenation.com
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Wed
14
Oct

GRAHAM BONNET Australian & NZ Tour Announced For April 2016

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The most powerful voice in rock is coming to Australia and New Zealand next April. [No, I didn't wrote that folks...]
 
English vocalist Graham Bonnet is synonymous with classic hard rock and heavy metal.
Best known for fronting Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group and Alcatrazz, Graham’s voice is known and cherished by many.
 
Having last visited our shores as part of the Countdown Rock N Roll Arena extravaganza he is ready to return with
his all-star band featuring Mark Zonder from the legendary Fates Warning.
 
Graham scored several top 10 hits in Australia in the 1970's with his solo releases including the Dylan classic
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue, and Warm Ride which peaked at number 1! He then joined Ritchie Blackmore’s
Rainbow, which was formed by Blackmore after he left Deep Purple. The Rainbow album Down To Earth (1979)
was a top 10 worldwide smash hit with platinum singles Since You Been Gone and All Night Long.
 
Following Rainbow, Graham released his second solo album featuring the hit single Night Games, and then joined
ex-Scorpion legend Michael Schenker in his band MSG for the album Assault Attack.
In the early to mid 80’s Graham formed his own band, Alcatrazz that featured an unknown Yngwie Malmsteen on
guitar. The band quickly became a supergroup in Japan, and Yngwie soon left only to be replaced by another up
and comer, Steve Vai, which propelled Vai onto David Lee Roth and future legendary status...
Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai…it seems Graham with his powerhouse vocals is the perfect match for these Guitar Gods!!
 
Since then Graham has kept busy in many bands, such as Impellitteri, The Party Boys, Anthem, Forcefield with
Cozy Powell, Mick Moody and Don Airey, featured as a guest on countless albums and has also recently completed
a sold out tour with a symphony orchestra throughout Eastern Europe with himself, Dan McCafferty from Nazareth
and John Lawton from Uriah Heep.
 
He has also just finished a Japanese tour to sell out crowds with his solo band supporting Michael Schenker's
Temple Of Rock, featuring Herman Rarebell and Francis Bucholz from Scorpions and Doogie White. Graham has
gotten up each night to perform songs from the MSG album he recorded Assault Attack.
Do Not Miss This Night Of Hard Rock Glory!
 
Graham will be playing all his hits from Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz and many many more.
A limited amount of VIP meet and greet tickets will be available,
these will include a private acoustic performance, something to truly remember.
 
TOUR DATES
Wed, April 6: Amplifier, Perth
Thurs, April 7: The Gov, Adelaide
Fri, April 8: The Prince, Melbourne
Sat, April 9: Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney
Sun, April 10: The Basement, Sydney
Wed, April 13: Max Watts, Brisbane
Fri, April 15: Kings Arms, Auckland NZ
Sat, April 16: Bodegas, Wellington NZ
 
Tickets on sale Tuesday, October 20 via www.hardlinemedia.net
Official Event Page: facebook.com/events/514549908712558
Watch the Official Tour Video: http://bit.ly/1VPqvaT
 
facebook.com/grahambonnetmusic
facebook.com/hardlinemedia
 
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Thu
01
Oct

THE ROCK PACK To Debut in Florida November 19

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Music Legends Unite!
The Rock Pack Feat. Mickey Thomas of STARSHIP, Bobby Kimball original lead singer of TOTO, Steve Walsh formerly of KANSAS, Robin Zander of CHEAP TRICK, Fee Waybill of THE TUBES, and John Payne formerly of ASIA!
 
The Rock Pack To Perform At The Germain Arena, Ft Myers, FL. Nov 19, 2015
 
Fort Myers, FL -  November 19th sees the arrival of THE ROCK PACK at The Germain Arena, Ft. Myers, FL.
 
John Payne, former ASIA lead vocalist and co-creator of the #1 Vegas musical Raiding the Rock Vault, has created a unique new event. THE ROCK PACK concert is an incredible 80s rock extravaganza featuring the vocalists and the hits from six major classic rock bands.
 
The cast of stellar star singers includes Mickey Thomas of STARSHIP, Bobby Kimball original lead singer of TOTO, Steve Walsh formerly of KANSAS, Robin Zander of CHEAP TRICK, Fee Waybill of THE TUBES, and John Payne formerly of ASIA.  
 
This stunning show features the classic hit songs sung by the original singers; Dust in the Wind, I Want You to Want Me, We Built This City, Africa, Surrender, Beauty, The Flame, Rosanna, White Punks on Dope, Carry on My Wayward Son, Dream Police, Hold the Line, Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now and more.
 
Ringmaster Payne also extracts interesting stories from the cast of classic rock artists as well as pertinent visuals on huge screens. Throughout the show he sings the ASIA classics Heat Of The Moment, Only Time Will Tell, Sole Survivor, and Time Again.
 
Prepare yourself for an unprecedented evening of superlative music, enthralling stories and visuals.
 
THE ROCK PACK, Presented by KDIM Entertainment as part of The Classic Rock Series.
 
Who: The Rock Pack
When: November 19, 2015
Where: Germain Arena, Ft. Myers, FL
 
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Mon
21
Sep

Riki Rachtman: No Chance of Headbangers Ball Being Resurrected


The Metal Voice (https://www.facebook.com/themetalvoice) was at this years Cathouse Live Festival celebrating 80's Hair Metal. Neil Turbin (Deathriders Ex Anthrax) reporting, caught up with the former host of the Headbangers ball and organizer of the festival Riki Rachtman. Turbin also spoke to 1980’s hair metal bands Autograph, Enuff Z Nuff and drum wiz Bobby Jarzombek from the Sebastian Bach band (Halford, and Fates Warning).

The Cathouse was a famous Rock club in Hollywood in the 1980’s managed and owned by Riki Rachtman where many famous bands like Guns and Roses, Motley Crue etc..broke ground. It was the cool place to be, now turned into a festival.

On why Riki Rachtman decided to put on the Cathouse Festival “When I set this thing up I just wanted everyone to have fun and everyone is having fun.”

On plans to branch out and do more Cathouse festivals “Everybody is asking me. LiveNation is already saying they want to do one next year, Next year is the 30 year anniversary of the Cathouse so I am not really sure what I got planned but I’m gonna do something fun.”

Asked if Riki Rachtman has ever tried to bring back Headbangers Ball “It’s not gonna happen. I tried, I told them I would do it for free, they never even returned my calls.”

On Autograph’s new album and tour “We have been touring for a year and a half. We have recorded two new songs and just recorded two more.  We did a live recordings for ‘Turn up the Radio’. We are going to have an E.P. with the four new songs and ‘Turn up the radio’.” Steve Lynch

Asking Chip Z Nuff on his Cathouse memories “I remember Guns and Roses sets, Jet boy I might have played there a couple of times. No Big stories just a great rock club that bands would frequent, eventually a few of them made it.”

Asking Bobby Zarombek on the status of the new Sebastian Bach album and Fates Warning new records “Sebastian is now starting to work on another record and the label wants him to put something out pretty quick. He’s excited about it. He just mentioned it today. Like come in with your ideas, giving us the go ahead to come up with some cool shit. I have a couple of personal ideas that might work for him and I know everybody in the band does”
‘We are working on a new record (Fates Warning), it’s going to be in 2016 and it’s going to be really cool. All the material is written.”

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Mon
21
Sep

Glam Band SWEET Triumphs in Los Angeles Concert

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LIVE REPORT: 
By Gerry Gittelson
Melodicrock.com Los Angeles correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- The American brand of classic glam band Sweet, featuring original bassist Steve Priest, plays just a handful of concerts per year, so it's a rare treat to catch 'em, especially in adopted hometown Los Angeles.

The group with a penchant for ultra-catchy songs performed on before a near-capacity crowd at the Canyon Club, and the performance was a rousing success.

Opening with a nice-and-loud rendition of "Action," Sweet stuck mostly to the hits, and that meant a whopping total of six selections from the band's iconic album "Desolation Boulevard," including "Fox on The Run" and "Ballroom Blitz," the two crowning jewels of the evening.

Singer Joe Retta was terrific. His vocals are about as close to the late Brian Connolly as you're going to get, and wow was the curly-haired American spot-on with "Love Is Like Oxygen" and "Sweet FA." Since joining seven years ago, Retta continues to gain confidence and charmisa, and he now has more panache than before.

Guitarist Mitch Perry joined just recently, replacing Stuart Smith (who has opted to focus only on his band Heaven & Earth), and Perry proved spectacular. He looks, he sounds great, and he's got the perfect rock and roll attitude that screams rockstar.

You've got to have Priest, of course, who will be 68 in February, and the stocky bassist still has a cool vibe in addition to playing well and also offering ocassional lead vocals.

And then there is drummer Richie Onori, among the best in the world. He was bashing for all he was worth on "Set Me Free," followed by "Blockbuster," and the crowd was going crazy.

Keyboardist Stevie Stewart was barefooted and wore a kilt -- which was a little weird -- and in case no would noticed, he continually pranced around the stage.

In all, an extraordinarily successful night for the kings of glam rock. May Sweet live on forever.

 
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Thu
03
Sep

New BRITNY FOX Tour Dates

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BRITNY FOX IS BACK & HITTING THE ROAD WITH A HANDFUL OF SELECT TOUR DATES
 
OCTOBER: ARIZONA, VEGAS & HOLLYWOOD 
NOVEMBER: ATLANTA, NY & PHILADELPHIA
 
HOLLYWOOD, CA (September 2, 2015) BRITNY FOX is taking a break from the studio and hitting the road to do a small West Coast run before hitting the East Coast for Farm Rock Atlanta, a two day festival of retro 80s debauchery. BRTINY FOX then ends up in their home town of Philadelphia, PA with band Heavens Edge at the Theatre of the Living Arts.

BRITNY FOX is currently writing for a new album, which is a follow up to the BITE DOWN HARD album, which was released in 1991 This musical jewel was a definite game changer on the classic BRITNY FOX sound that originally exploded in 1988. "It's awesome playing with Billy and Johnny again - Chris fits right in perfectly with us freaks, exclaims Tommy Paris, lead singer. The new songs are ass kicking, fun, heavy rock!  It's a great time hanging out with Doobie, writing new tunes and putting a new show together!  Can't wait to get back out on stage!"
 
SHOW DATES & INFO:
WED    10/07 MESA, AZ -                CLUB RED
THU      10/08 LAS VEGAS, NV        VAMPD
FRI       10/09 HOLLYWOOD, CA   WHISKY A GO-GO
SAT      11/07 NORCROSS, GA       NORTH ATLANTA TRADE CENTER
FRI       11/13 QUEENS, NY              BLACKTHORN 51
SAT      11/14 PHILADELPHIA, PA   THEATRE OF THE LIVING ARTS W/HEAVENS EDGE

 
BRITNY FOX comprises of Tommy Paris: Vocals/rhythm Guitar, Chris Sanders: Lead Guitar, Billy Childs: Bass and Johnny Dee: Drums. The band has sold close to 2 million in sales world-wide and charted on Billboards Top 10 for both Girl School and Long Way To Love.
 
For more information on BRITNY FOX click: www.facebook.com/britnyfoxband and www.britnyfox.com.
 
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Thu
03
Sep

Badlands House Band, Fans Weather Apocalyptic Storm to Experience World Premiere Concert

 
SIOUX FALLS (September 2, 2015) The Badlands House Band, the musical voice of Chuck Brennan’s new Badlands Pawn entertainment destination, made their debut in true post-Apocalyptic fashion on Thursday, August 27 at The District in Sioux Falls.
 
The band, fans, staff and venue endured a record-breaking thunderstorm which caused major flooding and road closures throughout the region, and a power outage lasting nearly two hours. The hundreds of Rock ‘n Roll enthusiasts that remained at the venue roared when the power came back on and the Badlands House Band took the stage.
 
“We stayed ready, and maintained our focus,” said lead singer Ron Keel. “When the juice came back on, it was time to go to work.”
 
The electricity remained on for the entire show, which featured plenty of flames, smoke, explosions, a drum riser built like the front of a train – and special guest appearances by Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Paul Stanley from KISS and Night Ranger’s Jack Blades.
 
“The Badlands House Band is really world class,” Stanley stated after the show. “I was more than pleasantly surprised. When you say you’re going to sit in with a band you really don’t know what you’re getting into. It’s great.”
 
“I’m really proud of the entire Badlands team,” Brennan said. “The band kicks ass, and our staff and crew really rose to the occasion. This is the first of many epic events presented by the Badlands Entertainment Group.”
 
The concert was filmed for an upcoming TV special, and the first 500 guests in the door received a free Badlands House Band t-shirt.
 
The band is led by million-selling frontman Ron Keel, the Metal Cowboy, and includes Midwest drum legend Rev Koller, guitarists DC Cothern and Doc Purcell, keyboardist Dakota Scott and bass player Geno “El Diablo” Arce.
 
The songlist featured classic Rock ‘n Roll anthems woven together to create a show filled with twists and turns, dramatic transitions, massive vocal harmonies and guitar histrionics. After the performance, the Badlands House Band wasted no time resting as they climbed on board the tour bus and headed for their first road show the following night in Mankato, Minnesota.
 
“The Minnesota show the next day was the true test,” said Badlands Entertainment Manager Mike “Chainsaw” Findling. “It was a last minute opportunity, so there was no advance promotion and nobody knew who they were. Without the hype, the special effects, lights, no train and no superstar guests, the show still worked. Thousands of fans were singing along, even though they’d never heard of the band.”
 
The group’s next stop is in Moorhead, Minnesota Sept. 11 at Bluestem Amphitheater with Hairball. They are also confirmed to perform at major bike events such as Biketoberfest (Daytona October 15-17) and the Lone Star Rally in Galveston November 5-7. BHB has just launched their official web site at http://BadlandsHouseBand.com and announced plans to headline the New Year’s Eve concert at Badlands Pawn in Sioux Falls.
 
Badlands Pawn, Gold & Jewelry opens Thanksgiving Day, 2015 and will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the year. For more information, visit http://BadlandsPawn.com.
 
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Tue
25
Aug

TONY MacALPINE Australian Tour Postponed Due To Illness

 
From Tony - get well sir!

"To my friends in Asia and Australia, it is with great disappointment and regret that I must announce the postponement of my tours in Asia and Australia.

Last week I was taken to the hospital with severe stomach pains. Following blood work, multiple MRI scans and various procedures, medical doctors discovered a large mass in my intestine, and it seems likely that we are dealing with cancer. My doctors have advised me that this will need to be dealt with immediately, and I am scheduled for surgery this week. Recovery from this surgery will take a month – right when I was scheduled to tour the Australasian region.

Providing all goes well, it is our understanding I should be well enough to perform on the coming European tour.

For Australia and Asia, we are working on rescheduling the shows. We will advise you as soon as possible when the new dates are booked.

In Australia, refunds may be obtained via thumpmusic.com.au.

In Asia, refunds can be obtained through the ticket purchase outlet.

I want to thank Jellybeard Music & Management (our booking agent in Asia) and Thump Music (our booking agent in Australia) for being so supportive in light of this news. We apologize for any inconvenience these tour postponements have caused, but I’m determined to make these dates up, and rock your city soon!

Wishing you all the best,

Tony."

 

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Thu
20
Aug

GLENN HUGHES Talks 2015 UK Tour & New Trio

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BRAND NEW OFFICIAL PHOTO OF GLENN’S BAND!
L-R: Pontus Engborg (drums), Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass) and Doug Aldrich (guitar)
Photo Credit: © Gene Kirkland
 
GLENN HUGHES, nicknamed the ‘Voice of Rock’, has today unveiled an official photo of his new band that he has put together for his European and UK 2015 Solo tour.  Glenn is pictured alongside drummer Pontus Engborg (far left) and ex-Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich (far right). The photo is taken by Gene Kirkland.
The band’s UK leg of the European tour stars on October 17th at the Southampton Engine Rooms and ends at London’s Electric Ballroom on November 1st.   Special guest on the tour is Jared James Nichols who recently released his critically acclaimed debut album Old Glory & The Wild Revival.
 
The concerts will showcase highlights from Glenn's career including Trapeze, Deep Purple, Black Country Communion, California Breed, along with his solo material.
"I felt it was time for me to start touring with my solo band," says Glenn, who is currently on tour in Brazil.  "I called my drummer Pontus Engborg , and guitar player Soren Andersen.  Soren had made a contractual commitment to do an autumn Tour in Scandinavia, so I had to find a replacement. There was only one man on my mind... Doug Aldrich."
 
"I’ve known Doug from his time with Ronnie Dio, and of course Whitesnake. Doug played with me on a couple of Purple songs at a festival the night before Ronnie passed away. We had great chemistry, and talked about playing together again, when schedules permitted.
Continues Hughes, "Doug is a welcome addition to my Band, and is a dear friend, both loving and nurturing, and is a rock phenomenon.  I'm beyond grateful to return to a Solo Band touring cycle, that will see me travel across many continents these next 12 months. See you down the front. "
 
GLENN HUGHES – 2015 UK TOUR DATES
with special guest Jared James Nichols
 
OCTOBER
 
Saturday 17th - Southampton, Engine Rooms
Monday 19th - Norwich, Waterfront   
Tuesday 20th - Newcastle, Tyne Theatre  
Thursday 22nd - Belfast, Limelight 
Friday 23rd - Glasgow, The Garage  
Sunday 25th - Holmfirth, Picturedrome
Monday 26th - Bilston, - Robin 2  
Wednesday 28th - York, Fibbers  
Thursday 29th - Manchester, Club Academy 
 
 
NOVEMBER
 
Sunday 1st - London, ENGLAND – Electric Ballroom
 
Glenn Hughes is a true original.  No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk.  That astonishing voice is Hughes' calling card.  He's known as a singer's singer. Stevie Wonder once called Hughes his favorite white singer. "I love my fans, and interact with them online, or at venues on my travels," says Hughes. "There is no greater high than performing and to reach out to my fans."
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Hughes, a native of Cannock, England, absorbed all kinds of influences, including early British hard rock, the Beatles and, most importantly, American soul and R&B. The sleek Motown sound from Detroit and the gritty Stax/Volt sound from Memphis left their mark on him.
The first important band Hughes was a member of that achieved notable success was Trapeze. The band's early '70s albums included MedusaTrapeze and You Are The Music... We're Just The Band.
In 1973, Hughes joined Deep Purple. The trailblazing hard-rock legends had just weathered the departure of vocalist Ian Gillan and bass guitarist Roger Glover, but guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice continued with the addition of Hughes and David Coverdale.
 
Since 1992, Hughes has toured extensively in Europe, Japan and South America in support of solo albums, but more recently has been involved with award winning supergroups', Black Country Communion with guitar star Joe Bonamassa, keyboard player Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) and drummer Jason Bonham, son of the late Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham and just last year, California Breed, who also featured both Hughes and drummer Jason Bonham along with newcomer guitarist Andrew Watt.
In between his hectic schedule, Hughes also found time to publish a book, "Glenn Hughes : The Autobiography - From Deep Purple To Black Country Communion", the Number 1 best seller is available in both hard and soft cover editions from all good retailers.
So make no mistake. The Voice of Rock never left the building.
 
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Wed
19
Aug

TEER Back For 80s In The Park Event

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Popular melodic rock outfit TEER is reuniting for two performances at 80's In The Park in Melbourne, Florida. The event kicks off Thursday August 28th with the Bulletboys.

Friday brings performances from Gene Loves Jezebel, Asia featuring John Payne and headliners Firehouse.

Teer opens the festival Saturday at noon, then is followed by Nova Rex, LA Guns, Killer Dwarfs, Kix and Slaughter.

Sunday finds Teer opening the show again at noon and features Femme Fatale, Autograph, Kenny McGee, Kip Winger and Lita Ford.

All weekend there will be many more bands, including tributes to the Cult, Scorpions and Van Halen.

The reformed Teer includes founding members Nathan Boone, Shane French and John Teer, longtime vocalist Dan Michaels and new bassist Frank Bruno.

Here's the link to the event:
http://www.80sinthepark.com/

 
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Fri
07
Aug

NEONFLY Hit The Road With GAMMA RAY & SERIOUS BLACK

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SPAIN, PORTUGAL, FRANCE, GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS, ENGLAND and SWEDEN! Neonfly are extremely excited to announce that we will be hitting the road with the legendary GAMMA RAY and Serious Black.

The dates are as follows:

NOVEMBER...
13 - Pamplona - Totem (ES)
14 - Santiago De Compostela - Capitol (ES)
15 - Porto - Hard Club (PO)
17 - Lisboa - Paradis Garaje (PO)
18 - Sevilla - Custom (ES)
20 - Murcia - Gamma (ES)
21 - Madrid - San Miguel (ES)
22 - Barcelona - Razz 1 (ES)
24 - Lyon - Ninkasi Kao (FR)
25 - Pratteln - Z7 (CH)
27 - Memmingen - Kaminwerk (DE)

DECEMBER
04 - Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal (DE)
05 - Paris - Trabendo (FR)
06 - Vosselaar - Biebob (BE)
08 - London - O2 Academy Islington (UK)
09 - Tilburg - 013 (NE)
11 - Göteborg - Musikens Hus (SE)
12 - Stockholm - Klubben (SE)
 
Neonfly are a band of outsiders whose music straddles the gap between Rock and Metal, Neonfly's songs simply scream out for stadiums. They are an epic aural assault who know how to bring an audience off. They have already carved out a formidable live reputation following a slew of eyebrow-raising high profile support tours with the likes of Alice Cooper, Dragonforce, Magnum, Sonata Arctica, Freedom Call, H.E.A.T. and Pagan's Mind. This summer they unveiled a new theatrical eye-catching Aztec-inspired image and stage show on festival main stages across Europe; complete with fire-breathing, feather crowns and Aztec temple backdrops. The band is currently promoting their critically acclaimed second album “Strangers In Paradise” produced by Dennis Ward 'Strangers' is a 4K rated Kerrang album who's lead off single 'Better Angels' was described by Classic Rock Magazine as “sublime and immensely memorable”.
Neonfly, stadium metal for the masses and beyond!

Neonfly | Official
https://www.facebook.com/NeonflyUK?fref=nf

 
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Wed
05
Aug

THE DARKNESS Announce 2015 Australian Tour

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THE DARKNESS "BLAST OF OUR KIND Tour’’ Australia November 2015
 
THE DARKNESS, multi award winning, multi-million selling megaband formed in 2000 by The Brothers Hawkins, Frankie Poullain and (now departed) Ed Graham have had good years and bad. And some years where they didn't actually do anything. This year is a good'un, because THE DARKNESS are back with their brand new fourth album Last of Our Kind, released in June 2015 and a new drummer Rufus Taylor (son of Queen drummer Roger Taylor), now they are back for an Australian Tour!
 
THE DARKNESS came to prominence with the release of their debut album, Permission to Land, in 2003. Backed by the singles "I Believe in a Thing Called Love", "Growing on Me", "Get Your Hands off My Woman", and "Love is Only a Feeling", the album was certified quadruple platinum in the United Kingdom. In 2004 the band won three Brit Awards: Best British Group, Best British Rock Act, and Best British Album.
 
‘’No straight-up rock band does riffs this dirty, choruses this massive and shows this ridiculously flamboyant. Excuse the faint whiff of cheese and the sound of someone retching in the background, but The Darkness truly are the last of their kind.’ ~ STEREOBOARD.COM
 
Forward to December 2013: After completing a gruelling world tour to promote third album Hot Cakes, THE DARKNESS delighted and beguiled the Classic Rock Awards by accepting the prestigious Showman prize. Job done - time to stop for a moment and prepare to pen a new set of hard rock anthems to satiate the baying hordes.... January came and went. The band nestled in their respective partners' bosoms and waited for the touring scars to fade... With defacto bandleader Dan Hawkins at the controls, relishing his new role of guitarist-producer, recording commenced. Recording continued. Then the recording stopped and the mixing began. Frankie, Justin and Emily downed tools and retreated to umpire charity tennis matches, give up smoking and deliver percussion master classes, respectively. The Druidical magic of Valentia Island flowed through the mixing process, and as the last chords echoed across the Celtic valleys, Dan rose up and declared that the album was complete.

’Last of Our Kind is a collection of 10 magnificent songs that THE DARKNESS are extremely proud of. It is the best rock album you will hear this year. It is the best rock album you will hear until next time THE DARKNESS makes an album. I should know. I'm the singer. Justin Hawkins’’
 
‘’The Darkness blew the crowd away, giving them a night to remember. They seemed to recreate the magic of 70's hard rock with a sound driven by Les Pauls/Marshalls and a stage presence driven by adrenaline and testosterone.’’ ~ Ultimate Guitar

Check out Open Fire (Official Video)

The Darkness November Tour Dates:

Friday 6th HQ Adelaide www.oztix.com.au
Saturday 7th Metropolis Fremantle www.oztix.com.au
Wednesday 11th Forum Melbourne www.ticketmaster.com.au / 136 100
Thursday 12th Tivoli Brisbane www.ticketmaster.com.au / 136 100
Friday 13th Enmore Sydney www.ticketek.com.au / 132 849

Tickets on sale: 9:00am Thursday 6th August

Facebook: www.facebook.com/THEDARKNESSOFFICIAL
Twitter: @THEDARKNESS

 
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Wed
05
Aug

Another RATT Hits The Road

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Los Angeles / Juan Croucier (RATT), Pete Holmes (Black N’ Blue), Mike Moore and Toni Aleman have formed a new group.  They will be performing as, RATT’S JUAN CROUCIER.  The band will be playing songs from the RATT catalog, exclusively.
 
Having solidified the core of the band (lead vocals, bass and drums), Juan and Pete set out to find the right guitar players for the group.  After extensive auditions resulting from hundreds of submissions, they found two very talented guitar players in Mike Moore and Toni Aleman.  Sharing the same passion, commitment and vision, they have been diligently rehearsing a set of over eighteen songs.
 
“We have left no stone unturned.  We’ve been working long and hard.  It’s all about the live show.  We take this very seriously.  Mike and Toni are simply killing it!  There is a unique chemistry between the members of this band that is often so illusive.  Our attention to detail has culminated in a fresh, energetic and modern twist on Ratt’s classic catalog of songs.  I believe that anyone who loves Ratt will really enjoy this band too.  I can’t wait to get out there and bring it to the people, after all they are the ultimate judges of our art,” says Croucier.
 
The band will begin performing in September and is currently booking additional shows.
 
For updates please visit: www.rattsjuancroucier.com
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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.”
 
TICKETING DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
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Thu
23
Jul

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

 
HEART OF STORM's
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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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

www.facebook.com/SOTOofficial
www.facebook.com/JeffScottSoto

 
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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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