To celebrate their tenth anniversary year, the people behind the hugely successful HARD ROCK HELL franchise have launched yet another specially-themed weekend festival.
Joining their already established HRH, Hammerfest, AOR, Prog, Doom vs Stoner and Blues packages, there now comes HRH Metal: The St Valentine’s Day Metal Meltdown, which will take place at the O2 Academy in Birmingham on 11/12 February coming.
The event will feature 40 bands – headed up by Sodom, Raging Speedhorn, Evile, Hell, Lawnmower Deth and Winterfylleth – across the venue’s three stages.
HRH CEO and founder Jonni Davis said of the new addition to the franchise’s growing roster of events:
“It’s the 10th year of HRH and its time we gave all fans old and new something to celebrate it with. To kick start 2017 in style, this type of event at such a special time of the year, nice and central, should mean everyone can join in for a killer price. It is just our way of saying thank you. We are humbled by the faith and loyalty that everyone has shown and now it’s time to ‘pay it forward’.”
In addition to the acts mentioned above, other confirmed bands are Feed The Rhino, Senser , Savage Messiah, Hecate Enthroned, RS, Cypher16, Fury, Stoneghost, BloodYard, Internal Conflict, Vicious Nature, Jonestown, Anti-Clone, Ballsdeep, XV11, Obzidian, Eradikator, Hanging Doll, Gehtika and Donkerkarnuffel.
Early bird tickets are just £19.99 for the weekend, and can be obtained from www.hrhmetal.com.
HRH Doom vs Stoner takes place next weekend (1/2 October) at the O2 Academy in Sheffield, followed by the tenth anniversary edition of Hard Rock Hell itself at Hafan-Y-Mor in north Wales from 10-13 November.
Following last week’s internet “leak”, IRON MAIDEN have confirmed dates for their first arena tour since 2011.
The metal titans will play:
Thursday 4 May – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
Saturday 6 May – Dublin, 3 Arena
Monday 8 May – Manchester, Arena
Wednesday 10 May – Sheffield, Arena
Thursday 11 May – Leeds, First Direct Arena
Sunday 14 May – Newcastle, metro radio Arena
Tuesday 16 May – Glasgow, SSE Hydro Arena
Wednesday 17 May – Aberdeen, AECC GE Oil & Gas Arena
Saturday 20 May – Liverpool, Echo Arena
Sunday 21 May – Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
Wednesday 24 May – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
Saturday 27 May – London, O2 Arena
Tickets go on sale next Friday (30 September) at 9am. Fan Club pre-sale starts this coming Monday.
Special guests on all the shows will be Shinedown.
Meanwhile, Maiden have revealed some of the measures they are putting in place to “ensure their fans are able to buy tickets at the intended price rather than at the ludicrously inflated prices prevalent on many secondary ticketing sites and also to protect them against counterfeit tickets”.
As Maiden manager Rod Smallwood explained:
"We do not want our fans being ripped off either by counterfeit tickets or through costly mark-ups on so called secondary ticketing websites. These problems now affect the UK more than any other country outside of the USA. We believe the most successful way to prevent this is by implementing Paperless ticketing. This proved highly successful in reducing piracy at our previous London shows in 2013 and on our North American tours since 2010. This is a simple procedure and goes a long way to minimising the resale of tickets and reducing fraud by requiring the original cardholder purchaser to be present at entry.
“We have been working with our UK promoter Live Nation and Ticketmaster to ensure that we can operate a paperless ticketing system, in full or in part, at all the UK venues we'll play in 2017. We are also instigating a number of additional measures which we believe will directly help our fans to access tickets in the fairest, safest way and at the intended price."
Renascent NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD have released a video for the track ‘All The Reasons You Live’, from their recent self-titled “comeback” album.
The video was filmed at Bentwaters Park, a former RAF base in Suffolk.
The release comes on the cusp of Diamond Head’s latest UK and Ireland tour, which kicks off in Dublin on Thursday night. Full dates are:
Thursday September 22: Fibber McGee's, Dublin Friday September 23: Voodoo, Belfast September 24: Dolans, Limerick Wednesday September 28: Diamond Live Lounge, Doncaster Thursday September 29: The Waterfront, Norwich Tuesday October 4: Fibbers, York Wednesday October 5: O2 ABC, Glasgow Thursday October 6: La Belle Angèle, Edinburgh Friday October 7: Krakatoa, Aberdeen Saturday October 8: O2 Academy 2, Sheffield Sunday October 9: Islington Academy, London
British hard rock legends THUNDER have announced details of an extensive UK and Ireland tour for next March.
The run of dates, which is expected to coincide with the release of a new Thunder album, kicks off in Manchester on 17 March and finishes in Belfast two weeks’ later.
The full schedule is:
Friday 17 – Manchester, Apollo Saturday 18 – Sheffield, City Hall Sunday 19 – Newcastle, City Hall Tuesday 21 – Leicester, De Montfort Hall Wednesday 22 – Glasgow, Clyde Auditorium Friday 24 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena Saturday 25 – Southampton, Guildhall Sunday 26 – Ipswich, Regent Tuesday 28 – London, Eventim Apollo Thursday 30 – Dublin, Vicar Street Friday 31 – Belfast, Mandela Hall
The band said of the announcement:
“This is going to be our longest UK tour for many years. If we’re not playing the city/town/village hall/wedding/shed in the garden where you live that’s because we tried, but it wasn’t available in the time frame. We did not do it on purpose…
“The new album is amazing (we know, we’ve heard it) and you’re going to love it, so this tour is going to be a cracker…”
Tickets for all dates go on sale on Friday (23 September), but a limited number of VIP ticket packages for every show will go on sale via Thunder’s official shop tomorrow morning (Tuesday) at 9 am. Details will be posted on Thunder’s Facebook page at that time.
Pre-sales for regular tickets will begin in various places on Wednesday and Thursday. Again, details for these pre-sales will be posted on Thunder’s Facebook page each day.
STATUS QUO have confirmed that founding member RICK PARFITT will not take part in the forthcoming 'Last Night Of The Electrics' tour. The 67-year old guitarist has been ordered to rest for the remainder of the year at the very least, following his heart attack, and associated complications, after a Quo show in Turkey on 14 June.
Simon Porter, the band's manager said:
"Although Rick is recovering well and is now able to lead a relatively normal day to day life, he is far from being fit enough to undertake the rigours of Quo's touring schedule.
“Perhaps now is the time to reveal that Rick 'died' for several minutes directly following his heart attack which resulted in mild cognitive impairments for which he continues to receive neuropsychological support.
“His medical team continue to be confident of a full recovery, but Rick's absolute priorities for the foreseeable future are for his health and wellbeing and to be able to see his eight year old twin children Tommy and Lily grow up.
“To this end, Rick may well have performed his last show with Quo, but no final decision will be made until next year. Regardless, it is his wish that the band continue to tour as planned and he will always be a part of Quo's numerous other off stage activities.”
The official statement issued on behalf of both Parfitt and Quo continued:
“Rick has given his full blessing for the band to continue to honour their touring schedule in order to not let down the fans. Until the end of 2016, Status Quo will continue to utilise guest musicians. Irish guitarist Richie Malone, who is currently playing with the band, will continue in this role at least until the end of Quo's European schedule, which concludes in Paris on 4 December. Freddie Edwards, son of Quo bass player John 'Rhino' Edwards also stepped in for Rick during some of the summer shows.
“Rick will also use his convalescence period to compose songs for a long overdue solo album which he plans to record early next year. In the meantime, both Rick and the band would like to thank the fans for their continued understanding and support.”
Obviously, everyone at Uber Rock wishes Rick all the best for a full and speedy recovery.
The 'Last Night Of The Electrics' tour hits the UK and Ireland on the following dates:
Friday 28 October – Belfast, SSE Arena (with Uriah Heep)
Saturday 29 October – Dublin, 3 Arena (with Uriah Heep)
Thursday 8 December – Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
Friday 9 December – Bournemouth, BIC
Sunday 11 December – London, The O2
Tuesday 13 December – Brighton, Brighton Centre
Wednesday 14 December – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
Friday 16 December – Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
Saturday 17 December – Leeds, First Direct Arena
Monday 19 December – Manchester, Arena
Tuesday 20 December – Glasgow, SSE Hydro
Thursday 22 December – Newcastle, Metro radio Arena
Friday 23 December – Liverpool, Echo Arena
Support on the December dates will come from REO Speedwagon.
Mancunian AORsters ANGELS OR KINGS are to release their second album, ‘Go Ask The Moon’, via the Niva Music Group/AOR Heaven, on 30 October.
The release will follow their appearance on the third and final day of the Rockingham melodic rock festival, at Trent University in Nottingham, on 23 October.
Angels Or Kings have also announced the addition of Dave Ellis (keyboards) and Daniel Bate (bass) for live duties. They will join Baz Jackson (vocals) Tony Bell and Steve Kenny (guitars) and Andy Chemney (drums).
US hard rock goddesses VIXEN have been added to the line-up of this November’s sold out tenth edition of Hard Rock Hell, which takes place at Pwllheli in north Wales from 10 - 13 November.
They join British blues/rock legend BERNIE MARSDEN in the last line-up announcement before this year’s event in two months’ time. They join a bill that already boasts Ugly Kid Joe, Ratt, Glenn Hughes, Molly Hatchet, Living Colour, Last In Line, Warrior Soul and many, many more.
“The stage is set and we can’t wait to share it with the HRH faithful,” exclaims HRH CEO Jonni Davis.
“Vixen will be a class addition: they are on fire at the moment, so it's a nice wee exclusive to pop in.
“After Bernie Marsden's masterclass at HRH Blues, we had to get him in to do "his thing, his way": It's a must-see performance!”
With HRH now celebrating its tenth anniversary, Jonni recalls of the festival’s origins:
“I still remember clearly what happened when we announced our intentions at HRH 1. Industry were unsure, fans loved it, but it was the bands who really endorsed it, from Cthonic opening the show until Tesla closed it. It was a dream rollercoaster that became reality. Even Twisted Sister didn't know what to expect until they encountered the HRH Roar firsthand. As Dee Snider asked at the time, “Where the f**k is Minehead??? Near Stonehenge, brother? Ahh, got it!” Unsurprisingly, HRH 1 went on to win ‘Event of the Year’ at the Metal Hammer awards in Spring 2008, which was picked up by Biff Byford from Saxon. His reproof to all the naysayers and disbelievers was crystal clear: “You missed out! It was a great gig, and this just proves it. In their first year FFS!”.”
Since HRH launched in 2007, the brand and its affiliates are now involved in more than 200 shows a year worldwide. They boast an active international community of over 600,000 and HRH runs its own label, Off Yer Rocka Recordings, and the TV channel, HRH TV, on the side, with more new experiences and media developments promised to follow early in 2017.
“Although we’re ten years down the line, it feels like we only started our rock ‘n roll shenanigans yesterday,” commented Jonni.
“Chapter Two in the evolution of HRH starts now, with a full year of special, one-off celebrations during 2017 to mark this momentous landmark in the Road of Rock.
“Over the next few months, HRH will be filming a full-length documentary covering the whole story; the ups and downs, and the sheer pumping heart of HRH: our beloved fans and community – The HRH Veterans and Dark Circle,” Jonni revealed.
One sign of Hard Rock Hell’s success and popularity is that HRH X has been sold out since last November, with 1600 on the waiting list, trying to get in since January this year.
“We could have run two weekends this year,” explained HRH Live Director, Fleur Elliott, “and we could have made it bigger, but since Day One we have always said that our community would stay one size. This is what we've done: keeping it the way the fans want it. I really, really can't wait to share this 10th adventure with everyone. I want them to sing their hearts out and leave totally voiceless!”
GLENN HUGHES will release his latest solo album, ‘Resonate’, via Frontiers Music on Friday 4 November.
The album, his 12th solo outing, features his current live band of Soren Andersen (guitars), Pontus Engborg (drums) and Lachy Doley (keyboards), as well as two guest contributions by Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Glenn Hughes returns to the UK in later this year when, in addition to an appearance at Hard Rock Hell on Saturday 12 November, he plays the following shows:
Tuesday 8 November – Leamington Spa, The Assembly
Wednesday 9 November – Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
Friday 11 November – Newcastle Upon Tyne, Riverside
Monday 14 November – Nottingham, rescue Rooms
Tuesday 15 November – Glasgow, 02 ABC
Thursday 17 November – Manchester, O2 Ritz
Saturday 19 November – Cambridge, The Junction
Sunday 20 November – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Special guests on all headline dates are Living Colour.
Retro-rockers CATS IN SPACE – a band so rooted in the Seventies they still wear Woolworths-branded underwear – release a new single, a cover of SLADE’s 1975 Top 20 hit ‘How Does It Feel’, on 20 September.
The song features a duet with THUNDER’s DANNY BOWES.
In keeping with the band's quest to keep everything as authentically ‘70s as possible, the single will be available exclusively in red 7" vinyl, and white 7" vinyl, both with picture sleeves.
The B side is 'Scandalous', co-written by Cats guitarist Greg Hart with 10cc's MICK WILSON.
Danny Bowes said of his involvement in the project: "I was hooked the first time I heard the Cats In Space album. I thought they were both mental and brave to make such an overtly ‘70s influenced album, and I loved it. The fact that it had great tunes and arrangements was the big fat cherry on the top. 'How Does It Feel' is one of my favourite Slade songs, so when they asked me to sing on their version it took me a good second and a half to say yes."
Greg Hart added: "When Danny got in touch last year to say how much he loved our album, it was something of a surprise to say the least. I was even more surprised when he agreed to sing on our version of 'How Does It Feel', but it turns out he's a Slade fan, so it was all about the music, and very easy, the way it should be.
“We even got a massive thumbs up from Don Powell from Slade.'Nuff said..."
Immediately following the single’s release, Cats In Space head out on their first tour, with special guests SPACE ELEVATOR:
Wednesday 21 September - Wimborne, Tivoli Theatre
Thursday 22 September - Chesterfield, Realtime
Friday 23 September - Manchester, Academy 3
Saturday 24 September - Glasgow, G2 The Garage
Sunday 25 September - Stourbridge, River Rooms
Thursday 29 September -Redhill, l Harlequin Theatre
Steve Harris has announced that he will be taking his BRITISH LION side project on a comprehensive European club tour towards the end of this year.
The jaunt will kick off in Portugal on Thursday 3 November and finish off in Uber Rock’s new base of Belfast a little more than a month later.
Steve Harris said:
“It’s been great fun taking British Lion out on the road over the past three years and I’m delighted we have the opportunity to play some more shows in 2016.
“This club tour will be our most extensive European one yet. Due to the routing, we’re not able to get to Scandanavia this time round but will definitely see our fans there next time.
“On this tour we’ll be making our first visits to Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Southern and Northern Ireland, as well as a number of different cities in countries we’ve visited on previous tours. We’ve got a really strong show lined up including plenty of songs not on the British Lion album.
“The whole band is really excited and can’t wait to get out on the road again. We’ll be looking to record some more shows on this tour to add to the recordings we already have for an upcoming live album.”
Dates which affect UK and Ireland fans are:
Friday 2 December – Folkestone, Quarterhouse
Saturday 3 December – Trecco Bay, Planet RockStock
Sunday 4 December – Dublin, Button Factory
Monday 5 December – Limerick, Dolan’s Warehouse
Tuesday 6 December – Belfast, Limelight 2
For our Eurpoean readers, full tour details are on the poster below:
Black Star Riders have announced an extensive UK and Ireland tour for March 2017, to coincide with the release of their third album, ‘Heavy Load’, which is due for release early next year.
Full dates are as follows:
Thursday March 2 – Cardiff, Tramshed
Friday March 3 – Wrexham, William Aston Hall
Saturday March 4 – Dublin, Academy
Sunday March 5 – Belfast, Limelight 1
Tuesday March 7 – Inverness, Ironworks
Support on the above dates comes from Gun and The Amorettes.
Support on the remaining dates comes from Gun and Backyard Babies:
Wednesday March 8 – Glasgow, O2 ABC (co-headliner with Gun, Gun close the show)
Thursday March 9 – Glasgow, O2 ABC (co-headliner with Gun, Black Star Riders close the show)
Friday March 10 – Newcastle, O2 Academy
Saturday March 11 – Leeds, O2 Academy
Sunday March 12 – Manchester, O2 Ritz
Tuesday March 14 – Nottingham, Rock City
Wednesday March 15 – Norwich, UEA
Thursday March 16 – Bristol, O2 Academy
Friday March 17 – London, O2 Forum Kentish Town
Saturday March 18 – Birmingham, O2 Institute
Sunday March 19 – Bournemouth, O2 Academy
Tickets go on sale on Friday 16 September from all usual outlets.
BSR frontman Ricky Warwick said of the tour announcement:
“It seems like ages since we did the Leppard / Whitesnake tour so we are all really looking forward to be back out on the road with BSR. Our third album will be out just prior to the dates so it’s going to be great to play tracks from that along with favourites from the first two records also. Having my old friends from Backyard Babies, Gun and The Amorettes out with us too is just icing on the cake to make a great tour!”
The band are currently in the studio in Nashville, once again with producer Nick Raskulinecz, putting the finishing touches to ‘Heavy Fire’. Guitarist Scott Gorham said: “It’s great to be back with Nick. After such a great job on ‘The Killer Instinct’, it was a no brainer to continue the relationship and this album is going to blow everyone away”.