In the continuing saga that is the upcoming Glenn Hughes solo tour, the singer has announced that he will NOT be playing the Chicago, Attleboro and Ft. Lauderdale dates that were previously scheduled (due to a lack of tour support from his record company). However, further dates in Europe have been added. These are all the shows that have been confirmed so far:
March 22 - The Birch Hill, Old Bridge, NJ
March 23 - Jaxx, Springfield, VA
March 24 - The Voodoo Lounge, Queens, NY
May 28 - Bloodstock Festival, Derby, UK
May 29 - Astor Theatre, Deal (Kent), UK
May 31 - De Kade, Zaandam, The Netherlands
June 01 - Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
June 02 - Podium, Hardenberg, The Netherlands
June 03 - Plato, Helmond, The Netherlands
June 06 - Proxima, Warsaw, Poland
June 08 - Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, Sweden
June 09 - Nostori, Helsinki, Finland
The third single from THE HELLACOPTERS' High Visibility album will be 'No Song Unheard', which will be released on March 19th. The b-side will be 'Have Mercy On The Children', while the mini-CD will have the WILSON PICKET song 'You Left The Water Running' as an extra bonus track.
Austria's HOLLENTHON, featuring former PUNGENT STENCH guitarist/vocalist Martin Schirenc, will be issuing their second album, With Vilest of Worms to Dwell, through Napalm Records in June.
On Thursday, March 15th, IRON MAIDEN vocalist Bruce Dickinson, plus guitarists Janick Gers and Adrian Smith (along with a brief appearance by Eddie) were at the Production Show at Olympia in London to shave the heads of six volunteers for a charity head shave. The event was to raise much needed money for The Iain Rennie Hospice, which is a service supplied by nurses who treat people suffering from terminal illnesses at home.
In other MAIDEN news, the auction of the guitar presented by MAIDEN to Jimmy Page in Rio closed last week with the highest bid raising nearly $4,000 for the TASK Brazil charity. The money is entirely used for helping impoverished and homeless children on the streets of Brazil, and is a charity which the band have often helped in the past.
Florida's KAMELOT have finally finished work on their latest studio offering, Karma, which was once again produced by HEAVEN'S GATE guitarist Sascha Paeth in Germany. Here is the final track listing for the album:
01. Regalis Apertura
03. Wings of Despair
04. The Spell
05. Don't You Cry
07. The Light I Shine On You
08. Temples of Gold
09. Across the Highlands
11. I Mirror Mirror
II Requiem for the Innocent
III Fall from Grace
12. Ne Pleure Pas (French bonus track)
13. Future King (Japanese bonus track)
JUDAS PRIEST have confirmed SAVATAGE as the opening act on the first leg of the band's European/UK tour. Meanwhile, guitarist Glenn Tipton posted this latest update on the group's activities on JUDAS PRIEST's official web site: 'As you know, the first segment of the tour has been announced, and we are now putting together the American dates and second leg of Europe, after which we will cross to South America and Japan, and then work on dates for the rest of the world! We're all excited about getting back on the road where PRIEST belong, playing old and new songs, and some tracks off the new album, which we are in the process of mixing. It's going to be difficult to finally decide what songs go in the 2001 set, as there are so many of our favorites and everyone's favorites, but we know that whatever we play, we'll give 200%!!! We can't wait to get on the road again, so hang in there and we'll see you all soon! Regards, GLENN TIPTON'