On behalf of ourselves and Kiddie’s family, we would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and support over the last 12 months. Together with Kiddie’s family we made the conscious decision to keep his unexpected death a private matter, and to take time out to deal with it all.
When Kiddie joined us back in 1994, although he was only 17, he instantly improved Bolt Thrower as a live band, and no one was more loyal to, and prouder to be in Bolt Thrower than him.
We spent over 20 years together, touring the world, with 3 different vocalists, but he was so much more than just a drummer to us. So when we carried his coffin to his final resting place, the Bolt Thrower drummer position was buried with him. He was, and will now forever remain THE Bolt Thrower drummer, our Powerhouse and friend Martin “Kiddie” Kearns.
As for the rest of us, Bolt Thrower has been our way of life for 30 years, never driven by money, fame or ego, but by our own personal principles and values that have guided us through life, and which bonded us as friends long before Bolt Thrower was even formed…
MEGADETH co-founder/bassist, producer and EMP LABEL GROUP’s President DAVID ELLEFSON recently podcasted a special 34 minutes Facebook live-stream event, making special announcements and talked about the State of the “Ellefson” Union, EMP Label Group, EMP Underground, Ellefson Coffee Co, Merchlive.com, MEGADETH and more. The video can be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1074862262583450
Formed in 2015, EMP Label Group has already had worldwide success with their first release, the debut EP from Phoenix all-female punk group DOLL SKIN, released as a joint venture with Megaforce and Cargo Records (U.K.), who has already received airplay on dozens of stations around the world. EMP Label Group signed later a distribution deal with eOne for USA and SPV in Europe.
Current EMP Label Group roster bands are: Doll Skin, Arise In Chaos, Green Death, Dead By Wednesday, Apollo Under Fire, Behind The Fallen, Chuck Mosley, Cage9, Even The Dead Love A Parade, Hail Sagan, Heaven Below, Semblant, Ancient, Helstar, Killing The Messenger, Machinage, SkumLove, Another Lost Year and Solus Deus.
Finally EMP Label Group put the EMP: Underground Vol. 1 Sampler to bed. Over 30 TRACKS, mastered by producer/mixer Bill Metoyer (Slayer, Sacred Reich, Corrosion Of Conformity. D.R.I). Available from: www.empmerch.com
Dead By Wednesday – Live Again (F/ Brian Fair) 3:52
(From the EMPLG LP THE DARKEST OF ANGELS)
Ditchwater – Blister 3:18
Abertooth Lincoln – Dreamy Kids 3:50
Casket Robbery – Annibelle’s Hell 4:16
Dead Epimony – Untamed Mind 3:13
Solus Deus – The Plague 3:18
(From the EMPUG EP THE PLAGUE)
Unicorn Death – Doomed by the Inquisition 3:58
Killing The Messenger – Fuel to the Fire 4:13
(From the EMPUG LP FUEL TO THE FIRE)
Evil Engine – Father 3:19
Grüzer – The Accessory 4:29
Incarcerhated – Nightmare Reality 4:53
Lutharö – Black Scorpion 6:00
Green Death – Gates of Hell (F/ David Vincent) 3:16
(From the EMP LP MANUFACTURING EVIL)
Ancient – Land of the Dead 4:06
(From the EMPUG Release BACK TO THE LAND OF THE DEAD)
Surviving the Era – Here in the Dark 4:00
SKUMLOVE – The Infected (F/ Burton C. Bell) 3:06
(From the EMPUG LP SINISTER MINISTER)
Even The Dead Love A Parade – Heart Poacher 3:59
(From the EMPLG EP EVEN THE DEAD LOVE A PARADE)
Machinage – Voices 6:07
(From the EMPUG LP SLAVE NATION)
Mutilated By Zombies – Maggot Bath 3:34
NonHuman Era – Hollow Point 5:49
Semblant – Incinerate – 4:45
(From the EMPLG LP LUNAR MANIFESTO)
Psykotribe – Live Evil 4:30
Revilwen – Lead 3:28
Behind the Fallen – Reflections (f/ Telle Smith) 3:13
(From the forthcoming EMPLG LP AS THE SKY FALLS THROUGH)
S7N – Blackout 4:08
Sardis – Satisfied 3:55
Toothless – Ennui 4:17
Helstar – Black Cathedal 7:38
(From the EMPUG LP VAMPIRO)
Your Chance To Die – Shadow and Flame 3:21
(From the EMPUG LP EX-NIHILO Coming Spring 2017)
Urn – Silently, I’m Still Screaming 5:25
Goatsilk – Nothing Compares 3:10
Heaven Below – Renegade Protest Movement 3:48
(From the EMPLG LP GOOD MORNING APOCALYPSE)
Left of Reason – Randall Cobb (4:03)
On Wednesday, September 14, Jimmy Page will host an exclusive Led Zeppelin listening event at Olympic Studios in London featuring the worldwide debut of several previously unreleased tracks from THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS, just days prior to the set’s official release on September 16. The listening event, moderated by legendary BBC DJ Johnnie Walker, will be held before an intimate audience and streamed on Facebook Live starting at 7:30PM GMT (2:30pm ET), followed by a with conversation with Page and Walker. The evening will conclude with the world premiere of a new video of “What Is And What Should Never Be” from THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS. Directed by Ariel Costa, the monochromatic video features a melding of classic Led Zeppelin live performance video with innovative animation.
Nearly 20 years ago, Led Zeppelin introduced BBC Sessions, an acclaimed two-disc set of live recordings selected from the band’s appearances on BBC radio between 1969 and 1971. The band will now unveil THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS, an updated version of the collection which has been newly remastered with supervision by Jimmy Page and expanded with eight unreleased BBC recordings, including three rescued from a previously “lost” session from 1969.
THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS will be available in multiple formats from Atlantic/Swan Song on September 16:
Deluxe Edition (3CD) – Remastered original album plus a third disc of unreleased audio.
Deluxe Edition Vinyl (5LP) – Remastered original album, plus a fifth LP of unreleased audio, on 180-gram vinyl
Digital Download – Remastered album and unreleased audio will both be available.
Super Deluxe Boxed Set (3CD/5LP)– This collection includes:
Remastered album. 2 CDs, each in a replica sleeve.
Unreleased audio on CD in a separate card sleeve.
Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl.
Unreleased audio on 180-gram vinyl.
High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
44-page book filled with photos of the band, the recording locations, BBC memorabilia, and session information.
High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.
BBC Sessions was originally released in 1997 and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA. THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS builds on that collection with a third disc that boasts eight unreleased performances. In addition, the set includes extensive session-by-session liner notes written by Dave Lewis. For the first time ever, it provides accurate details and notes about all of the band’s BBC sessions.
Musical highlights on this new collection include the debut of a long-lost radio session that has achieved near-mythic status among fans. Originally broadcast in April 1969, the session included three songs: “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” “You Shook Me,” and the only recorded performance of “Sunshine Woman.”
Also included are two unreleased versions of both “Communication Breakdown” and “What Is And What Should Never Be.” Separated by two years, the performances vividly demonstrate the young band’s rapid evolution over a short period of time.
THE COMPLETE BBC SESSIONS
CD Track Listing
1. “You Shook Me”
2. “I Can’t Quit You Baby”
3. “Communication Breakdown”
4. “Dazed And Confused”
5. “The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair”
6. “What Is And What Should Never Be”
7. “Communication Breakdown”
8. “Travelling Riverside Blues”
9. “Whole Lotta Love”
10. “Somethin’ Else”
11. “Communication Breakdown”
12. “I Can’t Quit You Baby”
13. “You Shook Me”
14. “How Many More Times”
1. “Immigrant Song”
3. “Since I’ve Been Loving You”
4. “Black Dog”
5. “Dazed And Confused”
6. “Stairway To Heaven”
7. “Going To California”
8. “That’s The Way”
9. “Whole Lotta Love” (Medley: Boogie Chillun/Fixin’ To Die/That’s Alright Mama/A Mess of Blues)
10. “Thank You”
1. “Communication Breakdown” *
2. “What Is And What Should Never Be” *
3. “Dazed And Confused” *
4. “White Summer”
5. “What Is And What Should Never Be” *
6. “Communication Breakdown” *
7. “I Can’t Quit You Baby” *
8. “You Shook Me” *
9. “Sunshine Woman” *
IRON MAIDEN – THE ULTIMATE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE BEAST UPDATED
BY NEIL DANIELS
PUBLISHED BY VOYAGEUR PRESS WORLDWIDE RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 1, 2016
ISBN-10: 0760351678 ISBN-13: 978-0760351673 Up the Irons!
Iron Maiden is the updated edition of the first-ever complete, illustrated retrospective of the band. Music journalist Neil Daniels relates the band’s entire history and provides a complete, up-to-date discography, while respected heavy metal journalists and Iron Maiden experts, including Ian Christie, Martin Popoff, and Mick Wall, analyze the recordings. The stories behind the band’s formation, roster changes, recordings through 2015’s The Book Of Souls, and tours through 2016 are complemented with nearly 500 images, including live performance and candid off-stage photographs, and memorabilia, including handbills, gig posters, backstage passes, buttons, ticket stubs, and, of course, Eddie, Iron Maiden’s iconic Derek Riggs-created mascot.
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Voyageur Press; Updated ed edition (1 Oct. 2016) Language: English
Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 2.5 x 27.6 cm
NEIL DANIELS is the author of respected biographies of Metallica, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, AC/DC and Pantera. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages. Visit his official website at www.neildanielsbooks.com
Formed in 1975 by a young, East London bass player named Steve Harris, Iron Maiden went on to become one of the most successful heavy metal acts in history. With an estimated 85 million albums sold worldwide, the band remains hugely popular.
This new edition of Iron Maiden is required reading for any heavy metal fan. The book covers the compilation From Here To Eternity (2011); the CD/LP/DVD/Blu-ray release of En Vivo! (2012); the Maiden World Tour (2012-2014) to North America, Europe, and South America; The Book Of Souls album (2015); and the 2016 tour.
For more information, please contact Neil Daniels at Neil Daniels Books; email him
Coming Home is the new studio album from PAIN, the Swedish metal force led by multi-instrumentalist and producer Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Lindemann). The record was officially unveiled last Friday via Nuclear Blast. In conjunction with its release, the band is pleased to reveal the official new visual accompaniment to “A Wannabe.” The clip was directed, filmedm and edited by Owe Lingvall and produced by Per Bussmann of Dreamday Media with visual effects by Konstantin Smirnov (The Rasmus, Kamelot, Meshuggah et al).
Watch it HERE where you can also view three track-by-track video trailers, the band’s “Call Me” video clip featuring Sabaton’s Joakim Brodèn, the lyric video for “Black Knight Satellite,” and three additional album trailers.
ROCK WOLVES featuring Herman Rarebell, Michael Voss and Stephan “Gudze” Hinz, release their debut single “Rock For The Nations” today in digital format. The song is taken from the forthcoming album “Rock Wolves” out on October 28th.
Herman Rarebell:”Rock for the nations is better than war for the nations!!! Rock Wolves bring the nations good rock music!!! See you soon at our concerts!!!”
“Rock Wolves” will be released worldwide (ex Japan) as digi, LP and download on October 28th, 2016 through SPV/Steamhammer.
1. Rock For The Nations 3:46
2. Surround By Fools 4:03
3. Out Of Time 3:31
4. What About Love 3:28
5. The Blame Game 3:19
6. Riding Shotgun 3:26
7. Nothings Gonna Bring Me Down 3:05
8. The Lion Is Loose 3.33
9. I Need Your Love 3:33
10. Lay With Me 3:30
11. Inside Out 3:09 (iTunes exclusive bonus track)
According to the official announcement on Scorpions’ website:
“We would like to thank James for so many years of lasting participation in the band and personal friendship. We understand and respect his need for time as he makes his way through the final stages of his healing process. After our incredibly successful shows in the US, Europe and Asia, we are sure to have found a fantastic drummer with Mikkey Dee. He brings a fresh energy to the band and we look forward to the exciting time together that lies ahead.”
Mikkey has been playing with Scorpions since April 2016, when James Kottak, their drummer since the 1990s, took a break on medical advice.
“I feel truly honoured and fortunate to be able to carry on playing drums on this level. I grew up listening to Scorpions and have always loved the band. We have been friends for a long time so traveling and performing this year with Klaus, Rudolf, Matthias and Pawel has been loads of fun and the crew is very professional. The Scorpions fans have been most welcoming and it’s been great to meet all the crazy wonderful Motörhead bangers along the way.
I had some close to 25 amazing years with my friends and brothers Lemmy and Phil in Motörhead and that will always be the backbone in my future drumming. Lemmy always had great respect for Scorpions for being a real rock band and I am sure he is proud up there that I moved on and for playing with this class act. Here’s to many more years of rock and roll.”
ANDY TIMMONS BAND is set to release their eighth album, THEME FROM A PERFECT WORLD, via their own custom label, Timstone Records, on September 30. Co-produced by virtuoso guitarist Timmons and his longtime bassist Mike Daane, THEME FROM A PERFECT WORLD features 10 all-new tracks of melodic guitar instrumentals that Timmons hopes will touch an emotional chord in every listener.
“First and foremost, I’m really proud of these songs,” he says. “Some of them don’t even have a guitar solo per se — which is kind of unusual for an instrumental guitar record, but that underscores the importance of the idea that a good song has to be there right from the start. It has to be something that people identify with and find themselves wanting to listen to over and over.”
THEME FROM A PERFECT WORLD is comprised of 10 toe-tapping and fist-pump-inducing songs that warrant repeat listens, from the driving, rising force of “Ascension” to the crossover pop leanings of “Winterland” and “Sanctuary” to a pair of heartfelt, uplifting elegies, “That Day Came” and “On Your Way, Sweet Soul.”
In addition to Daane on bass, the album also features Rob Avsharian on drums as well as original Andy Timmons Band drummer Mike Marine, who appears on five tracks. “I think we’re just scratching the surface, as far as tapping into the music’s emotional content goes,” the guitarist says of the vibe he and his bandmates strove to achieve collectively on this record. “My playing and musical tastes have changed or matured in some way over the years, and here, we’re trying to be impactful emotionally and certainly melodically.”
Andy Timmons—who’s played with the likes of Danger Danger, Kip Winger, Simon Phillips, and Olivia Newton-John–says he wanted THEME FROM A PERFECT WORLD to be both modern and vintage at the same time. “Overall, Mike and I have always been fans of the classic records of the ’60s and ’70s,” he admits, “and there was an underlying credo of trying to live up to the music we loved and grew up with, both sonically and vibe-wise. That’s been a consistent theme throughout the history of the band. It was always the common thread.”
The more challenges the ace guitarist tackles as he composes new music, the more he learns—and the more he wants to share his findings with his audience, both new and old. “The interesting thing I’m finding about this instrumental music is a lot of the songs are very specifically influenced by life events, be it my life or that of somebody else near me,” Timmons reveals, “but there are some songs that were inspired by just a groove or jamming with the guys in the band.”
Timmons thinks he’s able to better express himself more instrumentally than verbally. “Spoken language is a very finite entity, and there are only so many ways we can express a feeling in that way,” he believes. “Whereas the notes within the music and how they’re presented can sometimes strike people a lot deeper. The cool thing is, it may mean something specific to me, but it can be interpreted in almost any way by each listener as a very personal experience.”
Here is the complete track listing for THEME FROM A PERFECT WORLD:
3. Theme From A Perfect World
5. The Next Voice You Hear
6. Lift Us Up (Something Wicked This Way Comes)
7. That Day Came
9. Welcome Home
10. On Your Way Sweet Soul
Check out the ANDY TIMMONS BAND on tour this fall at any of the following stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
With Travis Larson Band unless indicated otherwise:
Sat 10/1 Dallas, TX Granada Theater (headlining, with Chris Duarte opening)
Wed 10/5 Memphis, TN Rock House Live
Thu 10/6 Nashville, TN Douglas Corner Café
Fri 10/7 Atlanta, GA AIMM/Atlanta Institute of Music
Sat 10/8 Charlotte, NC The Rabbit Hole
Sun 10/9 Raleigh, NC The Pour House Music Hall
Tue 10/11 Charleston, WV The Empty Glass
Wed 10/12 Cincinnati, OH The Mad Frog
Thu 10/13 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio
Fri 10/14 Detroit, MI The Token Lounge
Sat 10/15 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Live
Sun 10/16 Columbus, OH Rhumba Café
Tue 10/18 Akron, OH Musica
Wed 10/19 Buffalo, NY Nietzche’s
Thu 10/20 Rochester, NY The Montage Music Hall
Fri 10/21 Marlboro, NY The Falcon
Sat 10/22 Philadelphia, PA The Voltage Lounge
Sun 10/23 New York, NY Iridium Jazz Club (headlining)
Mon 10/24 New York, NY Iridium Jazz Club (headlining)
Heroes push us to excel. Their will, courage, and sacrifice can bring out the best in the world around them. Fittingly, on their fifth full-length album, The Last Hero, hard rock juggernaut Alter Bridge pursue a level of excellence inspired by timeless heroism. That mantra is showcased in the track “My Champion” and the band unveiled a lyric video via worldwide premiere that can be seen here: https://youtu.be/WTTkNlvrYeQ.
“The lyric was actually inspired by thinking back to my situation as a kid,” Myles Kennedy recalls. “I was this really small, underdeveloped kid who had to work extremely hard to keep up with all of my peers. It was very frustrating. I would hear a lot of words of encouragement from parents, coaches, or teachers though. A lot of those things were stored away, and they manifested themselves in this song. I’ve been able to apply some of those concepts in my life a thousand times over since then.”
“My Champion” is the second track released from Alter Bridge’s upcoming fifth studio album, The Last Hero. The album is scheduled for worldwide release on October 7th by Caroline Records in the United States/Canada and Napalm Records throughout the rest of the globe. The album is now available for pre-order via iTunes (http://smarturl.it/TheLastHero_iTunes), Amazon (http://smarturl.it/TheLastHero_Amz) and Google Play (http://smarturl.it/TheLastHero_GP). Fans who order the album will receive an instant download of “My Champion” and the debut single “Show Me A Leader.” The album is also available in various fan bundles at www.Alterbridge.com/store. The Last Hero was produced by longtime friend and collaborator Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Slash, Tremonti, Trivium, etc) and mastered by GRAMMY®award winner Ted Jensen.
Alter Bridge is heading out on select U.S. headline dates in support of The Last Hero this coming September and select ticket purchases will come with a digital album. The headline run kicks off September 22nd in Destin, FL. The tour will make stops in San Antonio, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Lincoln, NE; Charlotte, NC; and Nashville, TN. The band will also perform at a few festival dates this Fall including the inaugural Houston Open Air Festival, Sonic Boom, Louder Than Life and the Tulsa State Fair. Tickets for their U.S headline dates are on-sale now via ticketmaster.com.
Alter Bridge burst onto the music scene in 2004 with the release of their gold-selling debut, One Day Remains. In 2007, the band released Blackbird, the album that elevated the band’s profile worldwide. The epic solo in the title track “Blackbird” was voted “Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time” by Guitarist Magazine. ABIII was released in 2010 and the single “Isolation” gave the band their first #1 single. In 2013, the band reached an elevated creative and critical plateau with Fortress. It bowed at #12 on the Billboard Top 200, moving over 30,000 copies first-week and earning unanimous tastemaker praise. The record garnered perfect scores from Total Guitar and KERRANG! as well as acclaim from Billboard, The Guardian, Loudwire, Ultimate Guitar, and many more. In between sold out tours in Europe and North America, the guys appeared on VH1 and graced the cover of Classic Rock Magazine who labeled Fortress, “The best thing they’ve ever done,” while Eddie Trunk called it, “A top 10 album of the last 10 years.” Alter Bridge has appeared on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live and their music has been used by the WWE, Major League Baseball and NASCAR to name a few.
Alter Bridge is Myles Kennedy on vocals/guitars, Mark Tremonti on guitars/vocals, Brian Marshall on bass and Scott Phillips on drums.
UK Metal Masters Tony “The Demolition Man”, Mantas and Abaddon of VENOM INC are featuring on the new episode of DTB’s Bus Invaders, taking fans inside the touring bus, while on VENOM Inc’s recent North American tour.
VENOM Inc. will be soon on the road again, kicking off their 18-shows European tour, Pt.1, on October 13th in Prague (CZE). The bands to join the tour are VITAL REMAIN, MORTUARY DRAPE, NERVOCHAOS and DESECRATOR. Check out the tour itinerary and details below.
13 October – Prague (CZE) at Storm Club
14 October – Erfurt (GER) at Club From Hell
15 October – Lodz (POL) at LDK
16 October – Gdansk (POL) at B90
17 October – Krakow (POL) at Rotunda
18 October – Ostrava (CZE) at Barrack Club
19 October – Vienna (AUT) at Viper Room
20 October – Ljubljana (SLO) at Orto Bar
21 October – Bologna (ITA) at Locomotic Club
22 October – Roma (ITA) at Init
23 October – Milan (ITA) at Lo Fi Club
24 October – Strasskirchen (GER) at Plutonium
25 October – Weinheim (GER) at Cafè Central
26 October – Essen (GER) at Turock
27 October – Tilburg (NL) at Dudok
28 October – Drachten (NL) at Iduna
29 October – Metz (FRA) at Le Gueulard
30 October – Leiden (NL) at Gebr De Nobel
VENOM Inc’s upcoming Festivals:
October 01 – Mammothfest – Brighton (UK)
December 2-3 – The Xmas Rocka Fest – Sheffield (UK)
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of GRAHAM BONNET BAND’s new album “The Book” on November 4th!
GRAHAM BONNET is a rock legend. With a pedigree that includes Rainbow, MSG, Alcatrazz, and Impellitteri, he is one of the finest vocalists of his generation. His is a recognizable and unique voice on a number of classic hard rock albums, including Rainbow’s ‘Down To Earth’ (1979), Michael Schenker Group’s ‘Assault Attack’ (1982), Alcatrazz’s ‘No Parole For Rock ‘n’ Roll’ (1983) and ‘Disturbing The Peace’ (1985), and Impellitteri’s ‘Stand In Line’ (1988).
The recently formed Graham Bonnet Band, features Graham Bonnet on, of course, lead vocals, Beth-Ami Heavenstone on bass, South American guitar sensation Conrado Pesinato on lead guitar, ex-Alcatrazz man Jimmy Waldo on keys, and Mark Zonder (known for his acclaimed work with Warlord and Fates Warning) on drums.
The new album, “The Book” offers 11 new songs where Bonnet lays down his legendary vocals over a selection of hard rock tunes that are chock full of great hooks and melodies. “The songs on the album are very similar to what I have done in the past with Rainbow, Alcatrazz and MSG,” says Graham. “I think this is what people want to hear from me and won’t be disappointed”.
Graham Bonnet is in fine form and the album is easily his best in decades: 11 new tracks that will blow hard rock fans away! The album also includes a bonus disc featuring re-recorded versions of some of the most well known classics he has sung in his solo career and with Rainbow, Alcatrazz, MSG and Impellitteri.
THE GRAHAM BONNET BAND has spent the last 12 months touring solidly around the world, with performances at several major European festivals including an acclaimed set at Sweden Rock 2016. “The Book” will be supported with several shows in the UK and Spain in 2016, with more dates to be added.
“The Book” track listing:
CD 2 (new songs)
1. Into The Night
2. Welcome To My Home
3. Earth’s Child (I Am Your Son)
5. Dead Man Walking
6. Strangest Day
7. The Dance
8. Where Were You?
9. The Book
10. Everybody Wants To Go There
11. California Air
CD 2 (Re-recorded classics)
1. Eyes Of The World
2. All Night Long
3. Lost In Hollywood
4. Since You Been Gone
5. Night Games
7. Assault Attack
9. Desert Song
10. Island In The Sun
11. Hiroshima Mon Amour
12. God Blessed Video
13. Will You Be Home Tonight
15. Stand In Line
16. Here Comes The Night (Down Without A Fight)
GRAHAM BONNET BAND
Graham Bonnet – lead vocals
Conrado Pesinato – guitars
Jimmy Waldo – keyboards
Beth-Ami Heavenstone – bass
Mark Zonder – drums
Angelo Vafeiadis – keyboards on CD2 (bonus disc)
3 November Sala Chango, Madrid, Spain
4 November Sala Totem, Pamplona, Spain
5 November Sala Capitol, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
8 November Boston Music Room, London, UK
9 November Stourbridge, River Rooms, UK
10 November Warehouse 23, Wakefield, UK
11 November Pwllheli, Hard Rock Hell, UK
12 November Manchester, Club Academy, UK
13 November Edinburgh, Bannermans, UK
15 November Doncaster, Diamonds, UK
16 November Think Tank, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
18 November Derry-Londonderry, Nerve Centre, UK
19 November Limelight 2, Belfast, UK
20 November Monroes, Galway, Eire
21 November Voodoo Lounge, Dublin, Eire
22 November Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff, UK
BLACK STAR RIDERS are hitting the road next year with a comprehensive UK tour in support of their new album »Heavy Fire«, set for release in early 2017.
After a full year off the road, BLACK STAR RIDERS (Ricky Warwick, Scott Gorham, Damon Johnson, Robert Crane & Jimmy DeGrasso) are back with a 16 date UK & Ireland run, joined on the first five dates by Scottish rockers GUN and THE AMORETTES and then Sweden’s own BACKYARD BABIES with GUN on the remaining 11 shows.
Ricky Warwick says: “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 favorites 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!”
»Heavy Fire Tour 2017«
w/ GUN, THE AMORETTES
02.03. UK Cardiff – Tramshed
03.03. UK Wrexham – William Aston Hall
04.03. IRL Dublin – Academy
05.03. UK Belfast – Limelight
07.03. UK Inverness – Ironworks
w/ BACKYARD BABIES, GUN
08.03. UK Glasgow – o2 ABC (Co-Headline Show with GUN)
09.03. UK Glasgow – o2 ABC (Co-Headline Show with GUN)
10.03. UK Newcastle – o2 Academy
11.03. UK Leeds – o2 Academy
12.03. UK Manchester – o2 Ritz
14.03. UK Nottingham – Rock City
15.03. UK Norwich – UEA
16.03. UK Bristol – o2 Academy
17.03. UK London – o2 Kentish Town Forum
18.03. UK Birmingham – o2 Institute
19.03. UK Bournemouth – o2 Academy
Swedish paleontology professor and heavy metal aficionado Mats E. Eriksson named a fossil worm, Kalloprion Kilmisteri, in honor of Lemmy Kilmister in 2006. Now — ten years later — the fossil has come to brutal sonic life with assistance from prolific Swedish metal musicians, notably members of WOLF, DENATA and SEANCE, deciphering the “paleo metal” music “Silurian Overkill”.
In an effort to help promote one of Canada’s most exciting Metal Festivals, we at Metal-Rules.com did a series of five quick interviews with some icons of Canadian Metal. (Listed Alphabetically) Annihilator, Exciter, The Exalted Piledriver, Razor and Sacrifice are all appearing at Calgary Metal Fest V between September 15 and 17th , 2016. Feel free to enjoy all of our interviews with these titans of Canadian Metal!
What was your first reaction when you were invited to play Calgary Metal Fest V?
AWEsome! Finally a solid invite to play out West! Can’t wait! We’re really looking forward to tearing faces off out there! It’s almost happened a few times now over the years.. but finally, it’s now a reality!
When was the last time you played in Calgary?
If you don’t count when I was a kid playing with a toy jet in a hotel window in 1969 during a stopover when my family was moving up to Inuvik… NEVER!!! This is why I’m SO looking forward to this! I’ve wanted to get west of Ontario with this band forever, hahaha!
When was the last time you played with the other bands on the bill?
We’ve never played with any of the bands on the bill of our night, and can’t wait to hear what wickedness they serve up, but I have done numerous shows with Razor in the past.. mostly long past tho, hahaha! We’ve been to each other’s shows several times since, but haven’t terrorized together in many years! I think the last time was in 2009 at Headbanger’s Open Air in Germany. We played with Exciter some months ago in Montreal, and I’m quite looking forward to seeing them again seeing as I too am an Ottawa boy, haha! We’ll be playing in Toronto the week before CMF5 with Annihilator, the first time we’ve torn it up together, and once again they’re Ottawa boys, so, definitely looking forward to it in an Old-Home-Week kinda way, haha! Oddly, I don’t remember if we’ve ever shared a stage with Sacrifice, but we are buds just the same from way back when we were label-brothers at Fringe when I had Dogs With Jobs going. Seeing as we all know and love each other, me and the guys will be hanging around thru til Saturday so we can all hang and party and have some wicked laughs with our TorontHole and OughtaWah buds!
What do you think is the significance of being part of such a unique festival bill, for the first time?
I guess that it’s significant in that it took Western promoters so fucking long to get us out there, haha! Maybe it won’t be 32 years before we get asked to come out again? Who knows! Maybe even Vancouver!! hahahaha. Other than that, I think it’s AWEsome that it’s not all flavour of the week American bands with a few Canucks to point at, it’s MAPLE-METAL wall to wall!!! THAT is significant. I know people in other countries are salivating about CMF5’s lineup and wish it would tour, haha! Nyaaaah nyaaaaah!! This is for hose-heads ONLY, hahahaha! If they wish to come on over and join us, that’s their prerogative, but they have to fill up on Canadian Club, back-bacon, Alberta beef and some greasy poutine while they’re here or we’re kickin’ them out with a “Sorry, eh!” haha!
Was it hard to get everyone in the band together to be able to do this gig?
No harder than for any other gig, really. It all came down to work schedules, and other commitments. This is why we are on Thursday night, because of our schedules. Nontheless.. we are going to tear it up and fuck it hard in a room full of metal-addled freaks, and will be around to celebrate throughout the whole fest… only our drummer will have to depart early and miss out on the ‘big’ night. Sucks to be him, hahahaha!
Are you going to be playing special retro set, or conversely will you be showcasing any new and/or undressed material?
We will do exactly what we always do.. serve up the songs the fans love from Metal Inquisition and Stay Ugly, and dish out a few tasty morsels from Metal Manifesto, and maybe a new song.. maybe two. I’m not delusional, I fully realize that people need their fix of the early stuff and am only happy as a leather bound pig in vomit and shit to serve ’em up for ’em! We don’t have a label forcing us to ‘sell’ the latest album, and as such don’t really give a shit about such things.. as long as we get people hot, sweaty, singin’ along and fist-pumpin’ to the tunes they dig, we’ll be happier than them, haha! There’s nothing like looking out at a venue filled with freaks screaming the songs back at me.. plus, at my age I need all the help I can get to remember the lyrics, hahahahaha! Cue me for the chorus, please! hahahaha!
Are there any songs that you just ‘have’ to include in your set-list?
There are indeed the ‘mandatories’: Sex With Satan, Metal Inquisition, WItch Hunt, The Executioner, Lord Of Abominations, Metal Manifesto, UnSuck My Cock.. we will definitely be crankin’ those out! We’ll try to dig out some oddball stuff to surprise with, too.. maybe a DWJ song that was originally a Piledriver song, or a new one or two. We’ll see what we can squeeze in for ya’s!
Are you bringing any merchandise to sell?
Possibly.. I don’t really do that merch-whoring thing very much.. I kinda like being a sought after rarity as opposed to a product shilling whore. I like to know that when someone has a Piledriver shirt on it’s because they’re the biggest Pile-freak in their town and they jumped through flaming hoops made of razor blades to get it, not just a metal-dude that already has 2 of everything by everyone, hahaha! But.. yeah.. we’ll bring out a few tshirts for the diehards to fight over, yeah, sure! hahaha! And, no. The old M.I. baseball shirt reissue is only available EXCLUSIVELY from http://hotmetal.bigcartel.com/product/piledriver-vintage-style-baseball-shirt. This plays into the whole ‘rarity of a sought after gem’, you see. I never made a penny from the records due to being a stupid kid when I signed the contracts.. I’ve barely ever broken even doing shows ever since. Why would I start gouging and whoring now? I’m happy just to see the faces of our devoted fans when I can, and meet them and sign autographs for them and get ugly in their selfies with ’em! Their love and devotion for us feeds my soul more than money ever could.
How do these on-off gigs compare to a tour for example? Is there a heightened sense of energy?
Well.. kind of the opposite.. they can be quite draining due to the travelling being 30 times longer than the show. On tour you can hit a rythym, hit your stride and ride it high. A one-off is fly/drive forever, play for the freaks for an hour, see the inside of a hotel for a few hours, and drive/fly forever again, haha. But all is forgotten for that frenzied hour onstage, of course! Besides, every show is seen by us as the greatest show we’ll ever do.. who knows if this will be the night my bradycardial heart gives up the ghost! Hahaha.. maybe we should start a pool? I’ve been to the precipice a few times now.. someone could make some sweet green on that bet, hahahaha!
When can we expect some new material from the band?
Sometime in the future if at all. Again.. since I’ve lost all respect for labels, since not one of them did right by me in 30+ years, and none of them gives a shit about us now because we’re not a ‘big’ band that will fill their coffers, I don’t plan to ever do a ‘proper’ ‘album’ again. I’m finally twigging to the digital age where people post torrents and ‘blog reviews’ of an album the day it’s released and everyone ends up getting it free and the musicians eat the cost of producing it. Tired of working my ass off and spending my very hard earned money to never make it back because of downloads. So.. from now on, I won’t spend big bucks in a studio recording a high-fidelity album only to never make back it’s costs. .nope.. decent enough home demos will be what you get from this point on, I think, via Youtube or Facebook or whatever. I’m so tired of chasing dollars that refuse to exist for me, hahaha! Nope, as an old dog in a new age, this will be my new trick.
We look forward to seeing you in September!
And we in turn look forward to seeing all of you maniacs sweatin’ and moshin’ and losin’ yer shit!!! hahahahaha! The best view in the house is mine, forever entertaining! hahahaha! Can’t wait!