ANATOMY OF I, the band featuring bassist Steve Di Giorgio(TESTAMENT, ex-DEATH) and drummer Dirk Verbeuren(SOILWORK, SCARVE), has released a video for ‘In memoriam’, an exclusive bonus track on their 2015 re-release through Punishment18 records.
August 25th, 2015
ANATOMY OF I, the band featuring bassist Steve Di Giorgio(TESTAMENT, ex-DEATH) and drummer Dirk Verbeuren(SOILWORK, SCARVE), has released a video for ‘In memoriam’, an exclusive bonus track on their 2015 re-release through Punishment18 records.
August 25th, 2015
August 6 – 8 2015
Review by Ellen Norvang
Exodus has been on a long European tour, crisscrossing several countries. The gig at Tuska was the last one on the long run. As Gary Holt has been rather busy with his obligatory commitments with Slayer, the Heathen axeman had stepped in to take care of the guitars. Exodus sounded thrashingly brutal at Swedenrock and offered a real lesson in the thrash metal violence with the metal commader Steve Souza. Obviously the long run through several European fests may have squeezed the water out of the guys even though the band sounded tight and handled the gig in the professional way, but it was a bit sterile and plastic at Tuska. The set list had been shortened for a mere one hour sting unfortunately. They should have chosen a better slot for sure.
Blood In, Blood Out
Children of a Worthless God
Bonded by Blood
The Toxic Waltz
Strike of the Beast
LAMB OF GOD
Lamb Of God was supposed to enter the Tuska fest a few years back, but was cancelled due to all the hassles with Blythe’s arrest in the Czech Republic. The band was definitely highly anticipated amongst the audience. Yes, the band pulled the massive crowd and all hell broke on loose, when the opening riff cut the air. The massive pits were rioting in the audience when LOG whipped up the crowd to go insane and loose their minds. The frontman Randy Blythe proved to be one hell of a raging frontman as raging and running like a maniac all around the stage. The set included a plenty of well known LOG tunes as well as the brand new songs from the new output STURM UND DRANG. LOG is a tremendously tight live band. Especially the current fill-in drummer Chris Adler is definitely the man behind the drumkit. Hopefully LOG will be seen in Finland soon again.
Walk with Me in Hell
Set to Fail
Now You’ve Got Something to Die For
Laid to Rest
Sabaton enjoys massive success at the moment. The band draws a lot of people to the show and especially now when the stage got its prestigious setup when a tank-look-alike had been dragged to the stage. Didn’t Kiss already have a tank on the stage back in the day? Basically it is fun to see how newer bands recycling the old ideas. The whole massive spectacle was started out by the intro being the legendary wellknown Europe’s Final Countdown. It was rather odd as well as surprising to see how the kids born in the late 90’s kept singing the old 80’s hitsong. As for the gig, it was one big of comedy show thru the 90 minutes. The frontman Joakim seemed to have one kind of stand-up comedian talents to joke and act on the stage. It got a bit out of hand as Sabaton should let the music roll and reduce the amount of joking. Besides the joking, the pyros and bombs gave the bombastic fiery feeling to the warlike show. All in all Sabaton sounded tremendous great and delivered a brilliant show despite the joking. The Swedish warpowermetallers will return to Finland with Gamma Ray as a supporter…
The Final Countdown (Europe song)
The March to War
To Hell and Back
Resist and Bite
The Art of War
Soldier of 3 Armies
Gott mit uns (Swedish version)
Dead Soldier’s Waltz
Masters of the World
When the Swedish retrodeathmetallers tapped Nick Holmes to growl on the newest output, the interest toward the band increased tremendously. Therefore the band has been crisscrossing the European festivals with the tight schedule. Bloodbath hit the main stage right in the afternoon. Obviously the timing wasn’t that perfect after all as Nick Holmes announced Bloodbath will never play again… in the daylight. Well, at least the sun scorched the ground so did Bloodbath. The old school death metal sounded pritive and raw. If Bloodbath had been around about 25 years ago, would they have achieved the success or remained on the cult status. However the nostalgia in the old school death metal is high at the moment and especially having the known frontman as a singer definitely drew more attention. Bloodbath would definitely work in the underground death metal gig better than some open air festival under the burning sun.
Ne Obvliscaris hail from Australia. The Aussies self-financed their trip to European soil and it was a worth of every penny for these Australians Prog-whatever metal they want to claim to be. However the true prog heads were totally obsessed and possessed by Ne Obvliscaris’ skills and extraordinary playing, at least judging by all the reactions in advance and especially after the gig. The band seems to have two different kind of singers, the first one was like some nice fellow looking like a dude dragged from some office, whereas another one presented more the evil screamo-emo approach. Obviously this sort of technical and skilled playing with the complex song structure appeals to Prog Metal fans, whereas for other metal fans it sounded pretty confusing.
Japanese hard rock legends Loudness played in Finland for the second year in a row. Last year, the band received a lot of positive feedback from their Jalometalli metal, gig and now was Tuska’s turn witness the Thunder from the East. Loudness opened up with the bands biggest hit and best known song “Crazy Nights”. Although most of the audience are friends of heavier stuff it seemed that the song was well known and widely accepted among people. Maybe “Crazy Nights” can be describes a timeless classic, at least in the Loudness repertoire. The set list included only nine tracks and the classic THUNDER IN THE EAST was present with 4 tracks. The rest set was also from the early 80’s with the exception of “The Sun Will Rise Again” which is the title track of the band’s latest studio-album (2014). Akira Takasaki proved his amazing guitarist skills but honestly it must be said say that Loudness is a bit obsolete band nowadays. Vocalist Minoru Niihara has never been the greatest vocalist on Earth and his singing sounds still barely English at times. The rhythm section of bassist Masayoshi Yamashita and drummer Masayuki Suzuki played tightly but so do countless other bands so that’s not a big news here. This show was purely a nostalgia but there were also unintentional humor that was certainly not intentional. Maybe this band would work much better in different situation, such as intimate club gig where band could play a full 90-minute set, which would include material from the bands entire career.
We Could Be Together
In the Mirror
The Sun Will Rise Again
Amorphis had announced to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the legendary TALES FROM THE THOUSAND LAKES they would be playing the entire album and some other songs. The gig was kicked off by doing the opening song INTO THE HIDING. Each song from the album got played in the chronological order. The songs sounded bombastic and truly awesome. Most of songs have been played after the album came out or rarely since. The vocalist Tomi Joutsen hit each song perfectly with the true old school death metal style. Especially his death metal vocals fitted to the old Abhorrence tune “Vulgar Necrolatry”. The next songs were the obvious choices such as My Kantele, Better Unborn. The Tales album is one of the most important metal albums in the Finnish metal genre.
When Immortal kind of got drifted into the personal crisis, the frontman of Immortal launched the solo band of his own with his very own name Abbath for obvious reasons. The debut gig of Abbath was carried out at the Tuska Open Air. That was kind of weird as that sort of debut gig could have been expect to happen in his domestic country Norway. Well whetever, the debut show of Abbath at Tuska was a cool event. Abbath kicked the set off by doing the songs of the I project such as Warrior, Battalions. Of course Fenrir Hunts as a new Abbath song was the part of the set. Of course a bunch of Immortal tunes were the essential such as One By One, Nebula Ravens Winter etc. Nice set, but the band could have done more rare jewels from the past, but on the other hand this was an open air festival with the limited playing time, therefore seeing Abbath in a club would be awesome.
In Flames is either liked or disliked nowadays. The older fans don’t appreciate the current modern approach whereas the younger fans seem to be fanatical for the newer style of In Flames. Even though the band divides the opinions they however deliver a good and professional performance. Even though they looked to have more aged in a few years than Gene Simmons in the last two decades, the Swedes managed to pull thru the show. Obviously Anders Friden is used to seeing the crowd surfing, as demanding the crowd to do the surfing cos Friden wanted to smell the crowd. There were some crowd-surfers which the security tried to kick them out. In Flames did a solid professional performance by delivering the 21st century stuff as well as two songs off from Clayman. It is obvious the younger metal generation are obsessed by the newer material. Even though In Flames seems to focus on the modern approach, the five-piece is still a pure live band and in a great way for sure.
Warmen is a fun side project of the keyboard player of Children Of Bodom. However they featured Alex Laiho on the mic for the last two songs and the session COB guitarist in the rank as well. Obviously Warmen should be considered some sort of tongue-in-cheek thing because of Laiho’s manners and all those guest showing up on the stage. The band was having fun and seemed to enjoy the time and joking to each other. Obviously it was time to take a bit relaxed mood for the COB camp to enjoy the flexible and not tight performance.
The Sirens is a project band thing featuring Liv Kristine, Anneke van Giersbergen and Kari Rueslåtten. All these ladies have gained the reputation of their own in various different bands in the past and present.The three female singers shared their duties and songs between them. However, each of these female singers definitely has the loyal fan base of their own with certain fave tunes. This more poppish sounding stuff was quite Listening to their singing was both utter pleasure and grim torture for ears.
Treat Me Like a Lady
Sisters of the Earth
It wasn’t that long time ago when the offspring of Suicidal Tendencies, Dr. Living Dead debuted at Tuska. The band hasn’t changed any since them, and why would they as the current concept seems to be working more than well. Of course, the mask thing is weird, but the crossover thrash ruled by causing a nice reaction amongst the audience. The circle pit was burning the floor up.
Opeth is tremendously celebrated and popular and enjoys the fanatical following in both amongst the metal fans as well as the progressive rock fans. Even though Opeth is also a tremendously boring live act, but in a way or another they manage to create a touching feeling with the atmospheric hymns and sounds. The frontman Mikael Åkerbelt’s singing has developed a lot and reaches the ethereal feeling with the catchy riffs blasting out of the speakers. Opeth is Opeth, there is no way the band would start venturing into some non-prog rock/metal direction.
Finnish power metal pioneers Stratovarius have encountered many difficulties but nevertheless managed to continue their career successfully. A good indication of this is the band’s previous NEMESIS (2013), album, which is one of the best releases in band’s career. This time the band had no new album to promote but instead they played the bands most important album VISIONS (1997) in it’s entirely. In recent years, many bands have done the same. At least Dio, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Slayer and Accept have already done this in the past. But now it was Stratovarius’s turn. “Forever Free” opened the gig somewhat surprisingly, when it is not the first song on VISIONS. The album’s hit single “Kiss of Judas” was second and it was followed by “Legions”. 10-song-long show ended with the band’s biggest favorite, “Black Diamond,” and then it was over. No encores and other songs. In fact, I’m not such a big fan of shows like this because on every album there are inevitably some filler songs and on the other hand so many great song remain missing. But don’t get me wrong. There was actually nothing wrong with the show and I’m sure that most of the old school Stratovarius fans were pleased. The band sounded great, Timo Kotipelto performed impressively, and Jens Johansson was as crazy as always. But in spite of everything, this gig was nothing more but “quite nice”.
The Kiss of Judas
Before the Winter
The Abyss of Your Eyes
Visions (Southern Cross)
The legendary king of shock rock doesn’t need much introduction here. Alice Cooper’s outstanding career has lasted almost 50 years already and there’s no end in sight. A man’s next album HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES, will be out in September and it is his 27th studio album. During the past year and a half, Cooper has been on tour as a special quest for Motley Crue’s final tour. But he’s been playing one off headline shows as well and Tuska show was one of those.
The band opened up with classic Judy Collins cover “Hello Hooray” followed by one of Cooper’s late 80’s hit “House of Fire”. The band looked really great and there was a lot of action on stage which also looked good with all those little details including skulls, monsters and much more. Alice himself was wearing a cool looking black/red striped costume and the rest of the band looked like a bunch of guys from the 80’s Mad Max movie with the exception of female guitarist Nita Strauss who looked just damn good on her tight leather suit. The set continued with old standards “No More Mr. Nice Guy” and “Under My Wheels” followed by “I’ll Bit Your Face Off” which was the only track from Cooper’s previous WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE album. The band played songs from four different decades. “Billion Dollar Babies”, “Hey Stoopid”, “Lost in the America” and “Dirty Diamonds” proved that Cooper has managed to provide high quality material during his entire career.
There is no Alice Cooper show without some stage gimmicks. During the “Welcome To my Nightmare” Cooper bring a giant constrictor on stage. This lucky snake is owned by “Finnish monster” and a huge Cooper fan Mr.Lordi. And of course the snake is called Alice. During “Feed My Frankestein” there was a huge “Frankestein” walking on stage. Of course Alice’s head was cut off with a giant guillotine after he tried to kill a lunatic house nurse on stage. All the classic show elements were present and in fact it didn’t matter that this everything happened in daylight. Musically the band was superb. Cooper himself was just as good as ever. It’s just amazing how Cooper in his mid’ 60’s can still deliver such performance both vocally and performing wise. If you now compare him to almost any other artist at same age you will see the difference. Three guitarists on stage might sound useless idea but it works great as every one of them has a totally different role. Strauss is clearly the main shredder whereas Tommy Henrikssen plays mostly rhythm parts and Ryan Roxie does everything in between. Bassist Chuck “Helvis” Carrick is another strong character on stage and he does a lot of backing vocals. He and drummer Glen Sobel are solid rhythm section and they make a great justice for the songs from all eras of Cooper.
Like said earlier, the set list was a great mix songs from four decades of Alice Cooper’s career. Among the classics my personal highlight was “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask). The song is from Cooper’s mid’ 80’s comeback album CONSTRICTOR and it sounded just phenomenal. The only blemish I can complain a bit was the number of cover songs played in the end of set. Maybe just one cover or a medley could have worked better than four full songs although those all were immortal 70’s classics. Beatles’s “Revolution” sounded great but otherwise the cover set was a bit boring to be honest.
The trio of Alice Cooper’s biggest hits closed down the show. “I’m Eighteen”, “Poison” and finally “School’s Out” featuring Michael Monroe were a perfect way to end this over 100 minute spectacle. All in all this show was a great and valuable end for this exquisite weekend.
House of Fire
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Under My Wheels
I’ll Bite Your Face Off
Billion Dollar Babies
Lost in America
Welcome to My Nightmare
Go to Hell
Wicked Young Man
He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)
Feed My Frankenstein
Ballad of Dwight Fry
I Love the Dead
Break On Through (to the Other Side)
All in all 25000 metalheads made a visit to the Tuska Open Air festival of 2015. Even though Tuska definitely divides people’s opinions from one side to another side, but the fact is, Tuska will carry on. However, the organization has to find new ideas, but adding some weird reggae hiphop on the list was kind of weird. Metal bands can hardly be seen in hiphop festivals! Overall, it would be superb to have less jokes and worthless crap in the line-up instead more metal and above all serious ones. Tuska should seriously think of having more classic metal bands in the list beside the newer generation of the metal genre. See ya Tuska 2016 !!!
Tags: abbath, ALICE COOPER, AMORPHIS, Arto Lehtinen, bloodpath, Exodus, helsinki, IN FLAMES, LAMB OF GOD, Loudness, Marko Syrjala, metal-rules.com, Sabaton, Stratovarius, Tuska, Tuska Festival
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As the impressive lineup of performances and clinics continues to expand, Axes & Anchors music cruise brings another virtuoso on board its inaugural voyage. Shred guitar maestro Marty Friedman has been added to the list of confirmed performers. Marty will be performing two complete sets with his band and will delight attendees with an up-close and personal guitar clinic showcasing some of his legendary techniques. Since the release of his critically acclaimed album “Inferno” — which Guitar World readers voted the “Best Shred Album” of 2014 (Marty was voted “Best Shredder” as well) — he’s toured around the world and next month he will embark on his first American tour in 12 years, which includes his participation on Axes & Anchors in 2016. Now, Marty is ready and excited to take his talents to sea on his first-ever cruise appearance.
“Axes & Anchors is not only the first cruise I`ve ever played on, but it`s the first cruise I`ve ever been on so I`m beyond excited to join in this awesome event!” exclaims Marty Friedman. “Not only am I going to play my ass off, but I`m planning to learn a TON from all the other super players on this trip. How many times do you get to surround yourself with this many amazing guys in one place?! I can`t wait!”
Coming off of the recent announcement of the addition of Breaking Benjamin to headline the inaugural music cruise, as well as the addition of Demon Hunter, Axes & Anchors is the most diverse cruise hitting the sea in 2016. The five days and four nights cruise to Key West and Nassau, Bahamas leaves from Miami on February 20th and will take place on the Carnival Victory. Performances and clinics will be presented by Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, Motionless In White, Flyleaf, Thousand Foot Krutch, Alex Skolnick, Tony MacAlpine, Adelitas Way, Randy Rhoads Remembered, Tracii Guns, Rudy Sarzo, Gilby Clarke, Mike Orlando and A Beautiful Disaster, Dario Lorina, Aranda, Black Knight’s Castle featuring Joe Stump, Johnny Monaco, Pamela Moore, Falling Through April, Gabriel Ayala and Headstrum. Cabins can be reserved at www.AxesAndAnchors.com.
The cruise guarantees fans plenty of opportunities for meeting and hanging with their favorite bands on board, including free workshops on topics ranging from guitar and vocals to concert photography to stage clothing construction. 31 workshops are already confirmed and currently listed online with more to be added before Axes & Anchors sets sail in February. Passengers are encouraged to bring their guitars on board for workshops and jam sessions.
All reservations include 4-nights lodging and taxes, all meals, all concerts, all open workshops, a professional photo opportunity with every artist, and more. Current promotions include a $150 per person rebate by paying in full, a special Marty Friedman code for paying passengers (enter reservation code MARTY16) for $100 savings on any booking (may be combined with the paid in full rebate) and the recently announced Stowaway Package, which allows 3rd and 4th passengers in a cabin who are under 21 to cruise for free when accompanied by two paying passengers as long as one is over 25 years old.
Rock fans traveled from around the world and from various parts of the U.S. to be a part of Cathouse Live At Irvine Meadows presented by SiriusXM Hair Nation last Saturday, August 15 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Southern California. The day-long rock festival celebrated Riki Rachtman’s World Famous Cathouse with band performances on two stages, artist signings, VIP Meet and Greets, a vendor village, a chopper motorcycle show, and go-go dancers.
Cathouse Live featured performances from some of the defining rock artists of the ‘80s and ‘90s, including Gilby Clarke’s All-Star Jam featuring Ace Frehley, Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Phil Lewis (L.A. Guns), Brent Muscat (Sin City Sinners, ex-Faster Pussycat), Chip Z’Nuff (Enuff Z’Nuff), Evan Seinfeld (Attika7, Biohazard), Michael Starr (Steel Panther), and Brent Fitz (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators).
The lineup also included sets from Extreme, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Faster Pussycat (including an on-stage reunion with some original band members), Stephen Pearcy (the voice of RATT), Saigon Kick, Gilby Clarke, Dangerous Toys, L.A. Guns, Junkyard, Trixter, Autograph, Black ‘N Blue, Tracii Guns, Enuff Z’Nuff, BulletBoys, Bang Tango, Jetboy, Pretty Boy Floyd, Tuff, Little Caesar, Swamphammer and The Aviators.
The press had lots of praise for the festival, as noted below:
“…with Rachtman’s well-curated killer lineup of Cathouse regulars (Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Jetboy, Junkyard, Enuff Z’ Nuff, Gilby Clarke, and of course Faster Pussycat, among others), it was easy to feel transported back in time to the big ’80s era of big riffs and big hair.”
–Lyndsey Parker, Yahoo! Music, August 17, 2015
“…the highlight for many festival goers was the all-star jam that included such star players as Sebastian Bach, Ace Frehley, Gilby Clarke, Evan Seinfeld, Michael Starr, Nuno Bettencourt and Phil Lewis.”
–Chad Childers, Loudwire.com, August 17, 2015
“A love of ’80s hair metal was the only requisite for having a good time Saturday night as fans of all ages descended upon Irvine Meadows for Riki Rachtman’s Cathouse Live.”
–Philip Cosores, Orange County Register, August 16, 2015
“This juxtaposition of bands and music was nothing short of brilliance and we can only hope Rachtman will bring this back again and again to connect more and more fans as well as bring new fans to the world of Cathouse.”
–Laura De Gaetano, Screamer Magazine, August 18, 2015
Here’s some of what Sebastian Bach posted on Instagram about his experience playing at Cathouse Live:
“An open letter to Southern California:
I am still on a high from Saturday’s show at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. It’s hard for me to put into words what this day meant to all of us. During our show there were moments when all the lighters were lit up, sorry I mean all the cell phones were lit up, because it’s 2015 now. As far as the eye could see. It’s always a breathtaking, beautiful vibe. The first time I played Irvine Meadows was 1989 with Bon Jovi…At the end of the night [at Cathouse Live] we got to shred ‘Deuce’ w Ace Frehley & the rock n’ roll circle was complete. The crowd packed out the place and made us feel so special we cannot thank you enough. We will never forget Saturday!!!! Thanks to John Reese & Riki Rachtman & the bands & crew for throwing the party!! I only hope we can do it again sometime at the Cathouse LIVE!!! Southern California you made our set a night we will never forget!!!”
Sponsors for Cathouse Live At Irvine Meadows included SiriusXM Hair Nation, Monster Energy, COLDCOCK American Herbal Flavored Whiskey, and The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen.
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Joel Hoekstra has announced the release of his new melodic hard rock studio album “Dying To Live” from his electrifying new side project, Joel Hoekstra’s 13. Hoekstra is best known to rock fans as the current guitarist for Whitesnake, and also known for his work with Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra and the show Rock of Ages.
Dying To Live features an all-star cast of rockers including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), and will be available via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday, October 16th.
Hoekstra took charge of the creative process by handling the production, song writing and arranging (music and lyrics). The end result could best be described as hard, melodic, classic rock that is Dio’ish at its heaviest and Foreigner’ish at its lightest.
“Years ago, I released three solo albums that were mainly instrumental guitar music. I wanted to put something out that showcased my production, writing and playing in the genre that I’m known for, which is melodic, hard rock’’, explains Hoekstra. ‘’That’s when I decided to start what I consider to be my rock side project, Joel Hoekstra’s 13. Dying To Live focuses on struggles, potential pitfalls and the art of overcoming obstacles in life to finally arrive where we are meant to be.’’
Dying To Live was conceived before Hoekstra joined Whitesnake. David Coverdale gave the album his full blessing. “David wants his players to spread their wings and fly and of course be ready to rock when Whitesnake needs them, which obviously won’t be an issue.”
Excited how the new album turned out, Hoekstra is looking forward to the overall reaction from fans and media. “I hope everyone will give it a listen. I feel it showcases my production, writing and playing in the genre I’m best known for thèse days. The line-up of musicians is stellar! I want to thank everyone for any support in advance. Life is good!”
1. Say Goodbye To The Sun
3. Until I Left You
4. Long For The Days
6. Never Say Never
8. The Only Way To Go
9. Dying To Live
10. Start Again
11. What We Believe
12. Kill or Be Killed (Bonus Track digital download)
Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake) – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Yngwie Malmsteen) – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Russell Allen (Adrenaline Mob, Symphony X) – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio) – Drums
Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) – Bass
Special Guest Musicians:
Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion) – Keyboards
Chloe Lowery (Trans Siberian Orchestra) – Vocals
Toby Hitchcock (Pride of Lions) – Additional Backing Vocals
Charlie Zeleny (Joe Lynn Turner) – Percussion
Dave Eggar (Amy Lee, Coldplay) – Cello
Picture the scene: a field in south Derbyshire. One moment, quaint and calm; serene, leafy and undisturbed.
But then, as the sun arises to the midday point one cloudless Thursday in august, thousands upon thousands of heavy metal fans swarmed forth out of the woodwork that is England 2015, to attend the twelfth official Bloodstock Festival (11th open air to be exact).
Tags: 1349, BELPHEGOR, Black Label Society, BLOODSTOCK, CANNIBAL CORPSE, Death to All, ENSIFERUM, ENSLAVED, Festivals, KORPIKLAANI, Live Music, Mootography, Naplm Death, Nuclear Assault, OPETH, Orange Goblin, overkill, Raging Speedhorn, ROB ZOMBIE, Sabaton, Trivium, UK, WITHIN TEMPTATION
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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 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.”
GLENN HUGHES – 2015 UK TOUR DATES
Sat 17 Southampton, ENGLAND – Engine Rooms BUY TICKETS
Mon 19 Norwich, ENGLAND – Waterfront BUY TICKETS
Tue 20 Newcastle, ENGLAND – Tyne Theatre BUY TICKETS
Thu 22 Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND – Limelight BUY TICKETS
Fri 23 Glasgow, SCOTLAND – The Garage BUY TICKETS
Sun 25 Holmfirth, ENGLAND – Picturedrome BUY TICKETS
Mon 26 Bilston, ENGLAND – Robin 2 BUY TICKETS
Wed 28 York, ENGLAND – Fibbers BUY TICKETS
Thu 29 Manchester, ENGLAND – Club Academy BUY TICKETS
Sun 01 London, ENGLAND – Electric Ballroom BUY TICKETS
Tags: A Day To Remember, Adrian Erlandsson, AT THE GATES, Bloodbath, Body Count, CANNIBAL CORPSE, Copenhagen, Copenhell Festival, Dan Lilker, Denmark, Exodus, GHOST, gojira, HAMMERFALL, Ice-T, Kreator, Life of Agony, Live Nation Denmark, Mike Cyco, Mille Petrozza, nick holmes, Nuclear Assault, PRETTY MAIDS, Primordial, Red Fang, Refshaleoen, Ronnie Atkins, Steve Souza, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, The Darkness, Tompa Lindberg, TurboNegro
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