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JUDAS PRIEST: Japanese Tour Dates Announced

JUDAS PRIEST will be embarking on a Japanese tour in early May. Confirmed dates are as follows: May 08 - Pacifico - Yokohama, JPN May 10 - Shimin Kaikan - Nagoya, JPN May 11 - Koseinkin Kaikan - Kanazawa, JPN May 13 - Yubin Chokin Hall - Hiroshima, JPN May 14 - Zepp - Fukuoka, ...

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GRAND MAGUS Name New Album

GRAND MAGUS, the Swedish band which features in its ranks current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, have set "Wolf's Return" as the title of their third album, tentatively due this spring via Rise Above Records. "The album is nearly finished, some vocal work still remains to be done. The album was once again recorded in ...

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IRON MAIDEN Singer's BRUCE AIR To Fly Again In June

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson will be flying a chartered plane filled with MAIDEN fans on Tuesday, June 7 from London, England to the band's gig in Reykjavik, Iceland. A posting from IRON MAIDEN's webmaster Skunk on the band's official Bulletin Board reads as follows: "We are in the process of trying to plan another ...

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GEORGE LYNCH Tears It Up At NAMM

Former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch's official web site has issued the following update: "Show dates began in northern California and smoothly warmed the band up to a well-oiled machine. "Playing these shows led George into NAMM week where the first stop was a headlining gig at the Anaheim House of Blues at Disneyland. After barnstorming ...

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AT VANCE: Former HELLOWEEN Drummer Joins The Fold

German/Swedish metal act AT VANCE have announced the addition of former HELLOWEEN/METALIUM drummer Mark Cross to the group's ranks. As previously reported, AT VANCE have set "Chained" as the title of their new album, tentatively due on April 11 via AFM Records. All drum tracks on the CD were laid down by Franco Zuccaroli (JACK ...

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PAINMUSEUM/TESTAMENT Guitarist Teams Up With MUSICIAN'S FRIEND

Guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (PAINMUSEUM, TESTAMENT, HALFORD) has teamed up with the world's largest musical equipment company, Musician's Friend, in order to bring a Metal Mike Gear Shop. Metal Mike Gear Shop makes it easy for guitar fanatics to find out about and directly purchase equipment as used by Chlasciak. The exclusive home for this ...

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UNION To Tour Europe In The Spring?

UNION, the late '90s group formed by Bruce Kulick (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, ex-KISS) and John Corabi (CARDBOARD VAMPYRES, ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE) along with Brent Fitz and Jamie Hunting, are in discussions with promoters about a possible two-week tour of Europe beginning in late April/early May. One date is likely to be on April 30 in Frankfurt, ...

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KISS Webmaster Confirmed For KISS EXPO In Indianapolis

KISS' official webmaster, Mike Brandvold (of KissOnline.com) has been added as a special guest for both Indy KISS Expos on March 5 and March 6. Bill Starkey, founder of the Kiss Army, will also make an appearance during the weekend event. In addition, Jill Cataldo will be hosting KISS karaoke on one of the days ...

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AT VANCE Set Release Date For 'Chained'

German/Swedish metal act AT VANCE have set "Chained" as the title of their new album, tentatively due on April 11 via AFM Records. All drum tracks on the CD were laid down by Franco Zuccaroli (JACK BRUCE, ULI JOHN ROTH, DON AIREY). A pre-production/demo version of the album's title track, "Chained", can be downloaded at ...

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LARS ULRICH's Father Talks About 'Some Kind Of Monster'

Torben Ulrich, father of METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich, recently spoke to Amazon.com about "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster", his own fascinating career, and what it's like to be a rock 'n' roll parent. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Amazon: Were you disappointed that [Lars] didn't pursue tennis [as a career]? Torben: No, no. The ...

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TRIBE OF GYPSIES Looking For Lead Vocalist

L.A.-based Latin hard rockers TRIBE OF GYPSIES, featuring guitarist/producer Roy Z, are looking for a lead vocalist to complete their first studio album since 2000's "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants". Potential candidates should possess a powerful yet soulful voice (ability to sing in Spanish a plus), have a strong sense of melody, great stage ...

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IRON MAIDEN: U.S. Album Sales Revealed

IRON MAIDEN fan site MaidenFans.com has published the latest Nielsen SoundScan figures for the entire MAIDEN catalog as well as MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson's solo releases and recordings issued by ex-MAIDEN frontman Blaze Bayley under the BLAZE banner. Note: the SoundScan numbers for MAIDEN's pre-1991 releases are misleading since the albums were issued ...

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IRON MAIDEN Singer To Present At BBC RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS

IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson has been confirmed as one of the presenters at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ceremony on Monday, February 14 at The Brewery in London. The awards also feature live music from Martin Carthy, Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell and five times nominated Karine Polwart as well as Eddi Reader, ...

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IRON MAIDEN Singer To Guest DJ At ARTHUR BROWN Performance

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson will be a special guest DJ at Arthur Brown's Crazy World Fire Suite Kingdom Come Reunion performance on Saturday, March 12 at the Astoria in London. Bruce, besides being a good friend of Arthur (the latter attended the Earl's Court gig in 2003), compiled a BBC documentary to show Arthur ...

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