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SAXON Classics To Be Reissued

SAXON's Forever Free and Solid Ball of Rock, two classics from the NWOBHM band, will shortly be reissued by SPV/Steamhammer Records in a special package containing extra cuts not found on the original release. Solid Ball of Rock will come with the two original Japanese-only bonus tracks, "Requiem (We Will Remember)" (single version) and "Reeperbahn ...

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VANDEN PLAS Deny STAR ONE Tour Rumors, Plot Headlining Trek

Despite widespread rumors to the contrary, Germany's VANDEN PLAS will not be supporting Arjen Lucassen's STAR ONE project during the latter's European tour in September/October. "It is true that there have been talks about this," acknowledges a message on VANDEN PLAS' web site, "but finally there was no chance to make it happen. VANDEN PLAS ...

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SAXON Confirmed For Holland's DICKIE WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL

Veteran British metallers SAXON will headline the Dickie Woodstock Festival in Holland on August 1st. The group are also scheduled to perform at the Long Live Rock 'n Roll Festival festival in Moscow, Russia on August 24th (rescheduled from June 29th). The group's upcoming dates are as follows: Jul. 05 – Dessel, BEL @ Graspop ...

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SYMPHONY X Pull Out Of Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

SYMPHONY X have pulled out of their scheduled appearance at Germany's Bang Your Head festival after frontman Russell Allen was found to be suffering from stomach/intestinal bleeding, thus necessitating immediate medical treatment. Taking their place at the event will be German hard rockers BONFIRE. The complete list of artists currently set to appear at Bang ...

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SINNER Prepare To Record New CD

The current incarnation of the long-running German act SINNERMat Sinner (vocals/bass, also in PRIMAL FEAR), Frank Rössler (keyboards), Fritz Randow (drums, ex-SAXON), Henny Wolter (guitar), and Tom Naumann (guitar)—are due to enter House of Music Studios in Winterbach, Germany during the summer to record their brand new CD, tentatively entitled There Will Be Execution, for ...

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DORO Added To Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

DORO has replaced MAGNUM on the bill of this year's Bang Your Head festival, which is scheduled to take place on June 28th and 29th in Balingen, Germany. MAGNUM had reportedly cancelled their appearance due to the failing health of guitarist Tony Clarkin. The complete list of artists currently set to appear at the event ...

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Russia's LONG LIVE ROCK 'N' ROLL Festival Gets Postponed

Russia's Long Live Rock 'N' Roll Festival, which was previously scheduled to take place on June 28-30 at the 15,000-capacity VVC (Vserossiyskiy Vystavochniy Center, All-Russian Exhibition Center) in Moscow, has now apparently been postponed until August 23-25. As previously reported, SAXON, CANDLEMASS, SODOM, PRIMAL FEAR, SENTENCED, GLENN HUGHES, DORO, GRAVE DIGGER, URIAH HEEP and GAMMA ...

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SAXON, GAMMA RAY, CANDLEMASS, Others Confirmed For Russia's LONG LIVE ROCK 'N' ROLL Festival

SAXON, CANDLEMASS, SODOM, PRIMAL FEAR, SENTENCED, and GAMMA RAY are among the acts confirmed for Russia's Long Live Rock 'N' Roll Festival, which is scheduled to take place on June 28-30 at the 15,000-capacity VVC (Vserossiyskiy Vystavochniy Center, All-Russian Exhibition Center) in Moscow. The full line-up of performers scheduled to appear at the even is ...

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BANG YOUR HEAD Festival: Final Running Order Announced

The final running order for this year's Bang Your Head festival, which is scheduled to take place in Balingen, Germany on June 28th and 29th is as follows: Friday, June 28th: RIVAL MÄGO DE OZ RHAPSODY JAG PANZER SYMPHONY X CANDLEMASS OVERKILL GAMMA RAY FOZZY NIGHTWISH SAXON Saturday, June 29th: S.A. ADAMS TANKARD VANDEN PLAS ...

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220 VOLT To Play Warm-Up Show Ahead Of SWEDEN ROCK Appearance

Veteran Swedish hard rockers 220 VOLT will play a warm-up show for their appearance at this year's Sweden Rock festival on Friday, May 17th in a village called Hackås, near the band's hometown of Östersund. As previously reported, 220 VOLT will celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the release of their first single, "Prisoner Of War"/"Sauron", ...

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PARAGON To Issue "Law Of The Blade" In May

Germany's PARAGON will release the follow-up to their highly acclaimed Steelbound CD, entitled Law Of The Blade, on May 21st through Remedy Records/Zomba. The full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Abducted 02. Palace Of Sin 03. Armies Of The Tyrants 04. Law Of The Blade 05. Across The Wastelands 06. Shadow ...

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SWEDEN ROCK 2002: Final Line-Up Announced

The following is a complete list of acts (in alphabetical order) confirmed to appear at this year's Sweden Rock festival, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th in Sölvesborg, Sweden: 220 VOLT BRUCE DICKINSON CANDLEMASS DAMNED NATION DESTINY DOC HOLLIDAY DORO DREAM EVIL EVERGREY FATAL SMILE FIVE FIFTEEN ...

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SAXON Issue Two-CD Compilation Containing Live & Rare Tracks

SAXON have issued a new two-CD compilation entitled Coming to the Rescue containing rare and live recordings dating, in part, back to the group's earliest days. The first disc of this SAXON compilation is made up of 14 unique recordings spanning the bands earliest works together from 1975s tapestry sessions. The track listing for Disc ...

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SAXON Add European Dates

SAXON have added the following European dates to their upcoming tour: Jun. 07 Lbeck, GER @ Holstetntorhalle Jun. 11 Dudley, UK @ JB's Jun. 12 Norwich, UK @ Waterfront Jun. 14 Bolton, UK @ Albert Halls ...

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BALLISTIC Reunite With Drummer For Upcoming Dates

BALLISTIC, the new band of former DEUCE / TENSION / WARDOG mainman Tom Gattis (which was previously going under the moniker AFTERBURN), will be rejoined by drummer Michael Scott for the group's upcoming dates with JUDAS PRIEST and SAXON this summer. Exact dates and venues will be announced shortly. Scott originally left the group in ...

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HAMMERFALL Outline Recording Schedule For Fourth CD

Sweden's HAMMERFALL are scheduled to enter Holland's Wisseloord studios with producer Charlie Bauernfeind (i.e. BLIND GUARDIAN, GAMMA RAY, RAGE) in early May to begin recording their as-yet-untitled fourth full-length album for a late 2002 release through Nuclear Blast Records. According to guitarist Oscar Dronjak, we will record the drums in Holland, bass in Germany and ...

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PRIMAL FEAR Lay Down Cover Tracks, Announce Upcoming Live Dates

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR was in the recording studio over the weekend and recorded two new songs for forthcoming tribute samplers to LED ZEPPELIN (Locomotive Records) and a brand new JUDAS PRIEST tribute album to be released through the Nuclear Blast label. In other news, PRIMAL FEAR will play only one exclusive Open Air ...

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SAXON Announce UK Tour

SAXON are in the process of arranging several UK shows during June. So far the following gigs have been confirmed: Jun. 13 - Penningtons – Bradford, UK Jun. 15 - Rock City – Nottingham, UK ...

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FOZZY Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

FOZZY, featuring WWF wrestler Chris Jericho, former members of STUCK MOJO and producer Andy Sneap, are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Bang Your Head festival, which is scheduled to take place in Balingen, Germany on June 28th and 29th. The full list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the ...

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ARCH ENEMY Confirmed For Belgium's GRASPOP METAL MEETING

Sweden's ARCH ENEMY are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Graspop Metal Meeting festival, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, July 5th and Saturday, July 6th in Dessel, Belgium. The list of acts set to appear at the event now looks like this: SLAYER HALFORD SAXON MY DYING BRIDE ...

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HANOI ROCKS, MELDRUM Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL

Finland's HANOI ROCKS (vocalist Michael Monroe + guitarist Andy McCoy) and Sweden's MELDRUM, featuring former PHANTOM BLUE guitarist Michelle Meldrum, are the latest acts to have been confirmed for the Sweden Rock Festival, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The full list of ...

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GIRLSCHOOL Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK

Veteran UK hard rockers GIRLSCHOOL are the latest act to have been confirmed for the Sweden Rock Festival, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th in Slvesborg, Sweden. The full list of artists currently set to appear at the event is as follows: TED NUGENT HALFORD STATUS QUO ...

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HALFORD Confirmed For BANG YOUR HEAD

HALFORD is the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Bang Your Head festival, which is scheduled to take place in Balingen, Germany on June 28th and 29th. The full list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: BRUCE DICKINSON CANDLEMASS HALFORD SLAYER GAMMA RAY IRON SAVIOR JAG ...

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SLAYER Confirmed For GRASPOP METAL MEETING

SLAYER have been confirmed for Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting festival, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, July 5th and Saturday, July 6th in Dessel. Here are the artists that have been confirmed to appear at the concert so far: SLAYER HALFORD SAXON MY DYING BRIDE SLAPSHOT TRISTANIA D.R.I. CANNIBAL CORPSE AGNOSTIC FRONT KREATOR ...

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IRON MAIDEN Frontman Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival!

In what appears to be a conscious attempt to play every European summer festival in existence, IRON MAIDEN frontman BRUCE DICKINSON has now been confirmed for this year's installment of the Sweden Rock festival, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The full list of ...

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