New Haven-based progressive ensemble, Earthside, will release its highly anticipated debut album, A Dream in Static, on October 23. Today, Earthside has teamed up with AllMusic.com to reveal the music video for “Mob Mentality” featuring guest vocals from Sevendust frontman Lajon Witherspoon and a full orchestral arrangement composed by guitarist Jamie van Dyck and performed by the Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO). Check out the new music video, directed by Patrick Kendall, at: http://www.allmusic.com/blog/post/video-premiere-earthside-mob-mentality/.
“Making this video was a fulfilling process because as such a transdisciplinary project, it crossed our paths with talented individuals across the arts,” van Dyck explained. “We worked with dancers, choreographers, directors, editors, colorists, professional orchestral musicians, a conductor, an orchestra contractor, a wardrobe/costume person, and of course a rock star vocalist. Involving all these people in our art reaffirmed the value of what we’re doing and sets the stage for the collaborative spirit we hope to continue to embody as we reach across the arts into the worlds of film, dance, video games, and other visual arts.”
An epic undertaking of cross-continental collaborations, A Dream in Static was recorded in Stockholm, Sweden under the watch of renowned producer and mix engineer, David Castillo (Opeth, Katatonia, Bloodbath), and additional mix and mastering engineer, Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, The Ocean, Devin Townsend). The instrumental collective recruited several acclaimed guest vocalists, including Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Daniel Tompkins (TesseracT, ex-Skyharbor), Björn Strid (Soilwork) and Eric Zirlinger (Face the King, ex-Seer), to provide their prowess across four of the eight cinematic tracks, as well as the Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO) for live orchestral compositions.
“Earthside is excited and very proud to finally be releasing our debut album A Dream in Static,” commented keyboardist Frank Sacramone. “This record has been incubating for several years now between initial writing and demoing all the way through nailing down a release date. Along the way we’ve worked with so many different artists across disciplines and across continents. Now the fruits of our global project finally get to see the light of day and hopefully move listeners in a similarly meaningful way as the music moved us and our collaborators. We can’t wait for you all to hear these songs and to get out on the road and perform them for you guys.”
II. Mob Mentality
Featured Guest Vocalist: Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust)
Featured Ensemble: The Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO)
III. A Dream In Static
Featured Guest Vocalist: Daniel Tompkins (TesseracT, ex-Skyharbor)
IV. Entering The Light
Featured Guest Performer: Max ZT — Hammered Dulcimer
Featured Ensemble: The Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO)
Featured Guest Vocalist: Björn Strid (Soilwork)
VII. The Ungrounding
VIII. Contemplation Of The Beautiful
Featured Guest Vocalist: Eric Zirlinger (Face the King, ex-Seer)
Through organic layers of living, breathing orchestra and an eclectic arsenal of world music-influenced instrumentation, Earthside fashions an ever-changing sound that is equally engrossing alongside a work of cinematic art as it is resonating throughout a densely packed concert venue.
A Dream in Static, the group’s conceptual mission statement, is a story of purposeful sacrifice and existential yearning told across sweeping instrumental movements, interwoven with adventurous vocal compositions featuring premier voices from across the rock and metal worlds.
Stay tuned for more information on Earthside and A Dream in Static.
Michael Monroe will release Blackout States on October 9 via Spinefarm Records. The iconic artist has shared the album artwork and track listing ahead of the release.
Blackout States Track Listing:
1. “This Ain’t No Love Song”
2. “Old King’s Road”
3. “Goin’ Down With the Ship”
4. “Keep Your Eye On You”
5. “The Bastard’s Bash”
6. “Good Old Bad Days”
8. “Blackout States”
9. “Under the Northern Lights”
10. “Permanent Youth”
11. “Dead Hearts on Denmark Street”
12. “Six Feet in the Ground”
13. “Walk Away”
14. “Break the Noose” (vinyl LP bonus track)
The record was produced by Chips Kiesbye (TheHellacopters, Nomads) in Gothenburg, Sweden, and mixed by Petri Majuri inHelsinki, Finland.
Select few are the ones born to rock and fewer survive to be called seasoned rock warriors. The Michael Monroe band features nothing but the latter, consisting of bassist Sami Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls), guitarists Steve Conte (New York Dolls, Willy DeVille), and Rich Jones (The Black Halos, Amen) and drummer Karl “Rockfist” Rosqvist (the Chelsea Smiles, Danzig).
On the new album, the legendary vocalist said, “I am extremely excited about our new album, Blackout States. It has all the ingredients of a perfect rock ‘n’ roll record — strong melodic songs with great meaningful lyrics that defy all clichés, delivered with a punky, ballsy attitude by a killer band. I highly recommend Blackout States to anyone who’s even a little bit interested in what real, authentic, high energy rock ‘n’ roll at its best sounds like today.”
SLAYER shoot music video for new album’s title track “Repentless“ video features performances by a slew of iconic character actors!
Yesterday, in near 100-degree heat and high humidity, a riot broke out in the exercise yard of the Sybil Brand Institute, the women’s prison in East Los Angeles, where SLAYER shot the music video for the new track “Repentless.” In fact, whileSLAYERperformed the track under that punishing sun over an eight-hour period, the “prisonersˮ had to stage a riot for somewhere north of twelve takes before director BJ McDonnell finally called it a wrap (images can be seen below). But that was all pretty much in keeping with McDonnell‘s brutal vision for the clip, a vision that many in the veteran cast and crew referred to as “more like something for a feature film than a rock band’s music video.ˮ
This is McDonnell’s first stint directing a music video.He directed the 2013 horror film Hatchet III, and his rich resume as a motion picture cameraman includes Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Ant-Man and The Interview. ForSLAYER‘s “Repentless,” he and the video’s producer Felissa Rose pulled together a gang of actors and crew who have been part of some of the most iconic horror films ever made: Derek Mears (Predators, Friday The 13th,Tyler Mane (Halloween), Jason Trost (Hatchet III), Danny Trejo (Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn), Tony Moran (Halloween‘s Michael Myers, American Poltergeist), Sean Whalen (Men In Black, Halloween II), andVernon Wells (Mad Max 2, Commando, Weird Science) all are featured inmates in the video. And if that wasn’t enough, McDonnell and Rose brought in stunt coordinator Nils Allen Stewart who is known for his work on films like Planet Of The Apes, Anger Management and Daredevil.
SLAYER‘s prison yard performance is just one facet of what promises to be a grizzly video. WhileMcDonnell and Rose are keeping full details about the video tightly under wraps until its premiere, it’s safe to say that there was a lot of blood spilled within those prison walls.
The date for the premiere of SLAYER‘s “Repentless” music video will be announced shortly.Repentless, SLAYER‘s 11th studio album, is due out on Septeber 11th via Nuclear Blast, and is already receiving some pretty amazing press:“Metal album of the yearˮ – GUITAR WORLD“Repentless is prime fu**ing SLAYER, arguably their finest album since…if not ever, then it’s certainly among the best. Really, it’s that good.ˮ – METAL HAMMER
“Repentless is thrash redefined, upgraded and reborn…a return to the essence of who SLAYER is.ˮ– HOUSTON PRESS
Watch the video clip of the band talking about working with producer Terry Date as well as the video for “Repentless,” the clip discussing the promo video for “Chasing Death“ and the video for “When The Stillness Comes” on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel!
Scot Coogan is an American musician known for his accomplished drumming and vocal skills, working as both a session and touring musician. Coogan has worked with various groups such as Brides of Destruction featuring Nikki Sixx, Lita Ford, Lynch Mob, and Red Zone Rider feat. Vinnie Moore and Kelly Keeling. Currently he performs with Blue Man Group and he’s a member of former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s solo band. He worked previously with Frehley from 2009 through 2012 and performed on the ANOMALY (2009) album. I met a good humored Coogan in Stockholm just prior Ace Frehley’s band’s sold out show in Grona Lund, which is the largest amusement park in Scandinavia. We discussed various things including his work with Ace Frehley, Red Zone Rider and the rise and demise of Brides of Destruction… Read on!
Volcom Skate Team + BMX Riders Announced, Super Collider Returning in 2015
Single-Day & Weekend Passes on Sale Now!
— November 6-8, 2015, in Austin, Texas —
AUSTIN, TX (August 27, 2015) –Fun Fun Fun Fest (FFF Fest) is proud to once again partner with Volcom, the leading modern lifestyle brand that embodies the creative spirit of today’s youth culture, to help redesign and build this year’s skate ramp, ride course, and curate the Fest’s2015 action sports program. Single-day and weekend passes to the 10th annual event, set to take place November 6-8 in Austin, Texas, can be purchased at funfunfunfest.com.
Volcom, with the help of local ramp builder Ryan Corrigan of HOLDONHEREWEGO and the Austin-based nonprofit Project Loop, will lead the charge in building the FFF Fest skate & ride events this year, including the return of the Volcom Super Collider. The super ramp, designed by legendary skateboarder Remy Stratton, debuted last year to rave reviews from athletes and spectators alike, and it has now become an integral part of the action-sports experience at FFF Fest.
“The Super Collider, like a music stage, is also fun to look at even when no one’s on it. And then, there is that moment when the team jumps on deck with their boards in hand and the skate session explodes into some of the nastiest shredding ever, combined with the Fun Fun Fun Fest sights and sounds all around. I just can’t wipe the smile off my face,” says Volcom VP of Skateboarding Remy Stratton.
Volcom will also welcome back its renowned skate team for a series of demos throughout the Festival weekend, in addition to a variety of BMX riders that Project Loop is bringing to the 2015 Fest. Fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite athletes at special meet-and-greets and see some of today’s top skateboarders and BMX riders compete up close and personal in a truly unique environment.
With Volcom’s brand vision of ‘True to This‘, the company continues to build on the foundation of board riding and their tradition of supporting self-expression in sports, art, music and film to connect with the millennial consumer, driven and determined to build a better future. The unique Fun Fun Fun Fest experience of alternative sports, music, comedy, and lifestyle makes it an ideal event for a Volcom partnership.
A full list of participating Festival athletes can be found below and at funfunfunfest.com:
VOLCOM SKATE TEAM – PARTICIPATING ATHLETES:
¨ Ryan Sheckler
¨ Grant Taylor
¨ David Gonzalez
¨ Dustin Dollin
¨ Caswell Berry
¨ Rune Glifberg
¨ Chris Pfanner
¨ Collin Provost
¨ Louie Lopez
¨ Ben Raemers
¨ Axel Cruysberghs
¨ CJ Collins
BMX ATHLETES – CURATED BY PROJECT LOOP:
¨ Chase Hawk
¨ Aaron Ross
¨ Tom Dugan
¨ Clint Reynolds
¨ Joseph Franz
¨ Dani Lightningbolt
¨ Nina Buitrago
¨ Matt Nordstrom
¨ Paul Cvikevich
¨ Kenny Horton
¨ Devin Fredlund
¨ Jeremie Infelise
Fun Fun Fun Fest also has an incredible mix of music acts set to perform in 2015, including headliners like Jane’s Addiction, D’Angelo and The Vanguard, Venom, Wu Tang Clan, Chromeo, NOFX, as well as other acclaimed acts like Grimes, Rae Sremmurd, ANTEMASQUE, Future Islands, Toro y Moi, and ODESZA, among others. Plus, the JASH Yellow Comedy Stage is returning this year and is bringing a stellar comedy lineup with it. Comedy performers include Tig Notaro, Doug Benson, Eric Andre, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, Sabrina Jalees, Jonah Ray, and Kurt Braunohler, in addition to special events like GZA explaining “the science of hip-hop,” Andrew W.K. leading a motivational speaking lecture, and Big Freedia giving twerking lessons. For the full lineup of performers and events, please visit funfunfunfest.com.
Both single-day and weekend passes are now on sale at and available online. Single-day tickets are available for $89, while three-day passes are $199. Additionally, the Ultimate Smooth Pass (USP) is on sale and available for $450, offering ticket buyers the upmost FFF Fest experience.
Stay tuned for more announcements in the upcoming weeks on FFF NITES—all festival after-parties are free with a festival wristband. The festival will also continue to bring in some of Austin’s favorite local food and beverage offerings.
Fun Fun Fun Fest would like to thank all of the 2015 partners and sponsors who help make the festival possible, including Shiner, Red Bull Sound Select, Volcom, JASH, Deep Eddy Vodka, Jukely, Luden’s, and Rdio.
Iconic rock superstars, Scorpions, have partnered with Yahoo for their first global live stream performance on Saturday, September 12, from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Fans can tune in at 9:10pm ET, to witness the Scorpions Brooklyn debut and enjoy a career-spanning set list of Scorpions’ hits, anthems, ballads and vintage classics. The live stream will be available on desktop at https://screen.yahoo.com/live/event/scorpions, or through the Yahoo Screen App on mobile devices (iOS & Android) or connected devices (Apple TV, Roku, Xbox).
Scorpions will be on tour in North American celebrating their 50th anniversary and the release of their 19th studio album, Return To Forever (Sony Music/Legacy Recordings), available September 11, 2015. More information on the new release and upcoming tour dates (routing below) can be found at www.the-scorpions.com.
Return To Forever celebrates a spectacular global return for Scorpions as the album is already available in many parts of the world going Top 10 in multiple markets including Finland, France (#5), Germany (#2), Greece (#1 debut), Russia (platinum!), Hungary, Japan (#4), Turkey (#4) Switzerland (#2), Malasia (their first gold!), Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Holland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.K.! Produced by Mikael Nord Andersson and Martin Hansen (Sting In The Tail, “MTV Unplugged”), Return To Forever features 19 new songs including first single, “We Built This House,” currently at #3 at Classic Rock in the U.S. The track is available digitally as an instant-grat for the album preorder, available at Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Scorps_RTF_Amzn and iTunes:http://smarturl.it/scprns_rtf_itns .
Founded in Hannover, West Germany in 1965, Scorpions were part of the first wave of metal in the 1970’s with their debut album, Lonesome Crow, released in 1972. The band rose to arena status with seminal releases Lovedrive, Virgin Killer and Animal Magnetism. In the 80s, Scorpions amassed a string of Billboard chart toppers from Love at First Sting and Blackout, including multiple Top 10 singles “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and “No One Like You,” as well a string of successful singles such as “Send Me an Angel,” “Still Loving You” and “Winds of Change.” The band was also ranked #46 on VH1’s Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and their hit “Rock You Like a Hurricane” also landed as #18 on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. Celebrated across the globe, the iconic rock act have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and have received multiple honors including World Music Award winners, a postage stamp in Brazil, their Star on Hollywood Rock Walk, Echo honors, most recently they were honored with the Lower Saxon State Award.
Scorpions Return to Forever 50th Anniversary Tour, featuring longtime members Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs, alongside James Kottak (drums) and Paweł Mąciwoda (bass), kicked off in May 2015 with dates on four continents.
North American dates feature special guests Queensryche.
10 – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – Boston, MA
12 – Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
13 – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion – Gilford, NH
16 – Moncton Coliseum – Moncton, NB
18 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
19 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
22 – Lifestyle Communities Pavilion – Columbus, OH
23 – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica – Cleveland, OH
25 – Caesar’s Windsor – Windsor, ON
26 – Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
29 – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre – Greenwood Village, CO
1 – SAP Center – San Jose, CA
3 – The Forum – Inglewood, CA
6 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA
7 – The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
9 – ShoWare Center – Kent, WA
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Canadian cult metal act ANVIL is back! Striving to bypass the labels that have stood between the band and fans for years, ANVIL is creating their new record Anvil Is Anvil with a direct-to-fan approach in mind. Recently, the band teamed up with PledgeMusic to assure that fan connection, but unlike other crowdsourcing campaigns put forth by bands in the hopes of amassing a recording budget, ANVIL’s campaign strives to do so while truly providing fans with unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and personal, one-on-one opportunities that they will never forget.
ANVIL’s 2009 movie documentary, The Story Of Anvil made them famous the world over. Their albums are considered landmarks among a musical genre. Their 2011 release, Juggernaut Of Justice, and their 2013 release, Hope In Hell, were powerful and unrelenting.
Anvil Is Anvil will be their most potent yet, and feature guitarist/vocalist Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow, drummer Robb Reiner, and new bassist Chris Robertson in top form. Featuring no concessions to short-lived trends and no modern frills, the brand new ANVIL record will feature traditional metal at its finest with massive classic rock elements – a sound that ANVIL fans love and deserve.
ANVIL and PledgeMusic are offering fans a chance to get up close and personal with the band, access exclusive content and be a part of a truly unique fan-to-band experience. With every pre-order, pledgers will get the AccessPass which will give them exclusive looks at behind the scenes videos, photos and messages from the band. Fans will also have several once in a lifetime opportunities to purchase:
· In person or Skype drum lesson with Robb
· In person or Skype guitar lesson with Lips
· Guest back-up vocal appearance on the new record
· One of Lips’ amps
· The opportunity to attend a live rehearsal
· A day in the studio with the band
· Signed limited edition CD with bonus tracks
· Signed drum head
· Exclusive Pledger T-shirt
· AMPU (Anvil Metal Pounders Union) deluxe lifetime membership and signed CD
· Signed set list
· Signed drumsticks
· Handwritten lyric sheets
Guitarist and vocalist Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow states “We are proud to announce to our fans that they can keep in personal touch with the band and be directly involved in the process of creating the next ANVIL album. This will be the first time that we’ve used a pre-sales platform and we are fully confident that getting closer to our fans through making the album will take the making of it and the final album to somewhere fantastic. Considering that almost anyone aware of ANVIL knows our long and sometimes brutal history, we’re hoping you would be honoured to help and prove us right in our belief in you… and we promise another top notch ANVIL recording that we can enjoy for many years into the future.”
Joel Hoekstra has put together a kick ass sampler of various songs from the upcoming debut album from Joel Hoekstra’s 13, DYING TO LIVE! Check it out by hitting the play button below and let us know what you think!
DYING TO LIVE features performances from Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion), Tony Franklin The Fretless Monster(The Firm (British rock band), Rated X), Jeff Scott Soto Official (Official Yngwie Malmsteen, W.E.T), Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob) and more!
Brent Fitz is a Canadian musician, multi-instrumentalist and the drummer of ex-Guns’ N Roses guitarist Slash’s solo band. Previously, he has played with Alice Cooper, Vince Neil and Econoline Crush among others. At the end of the 1990s he had a band called Union with Bruce Kulick (ex -KISS) and John Corabi (ex -Motley Crue). But nowadays Fitz plays with Slash’s solo band where he joined in 2010. The band’s current line-up has recorded two studio albums, the latest WORLD ON FIRE was released in 2014. I met a good-humored Fitz last June in Sweden Rock Festival. We discussed Fitz’s own Guns’n Roses/Slash’s history, about how he ended up in the band, and what the future might bring. We also talked about his time in the Union and what all it takes to be able to end up in a position where he currently is. Read on!
Faith No More’s big breakthrough came in 1989 with The Real Thing. Although it was the San Franciscan rockers third studio album it was the first to feature the line-up of Mike Bordin (drums), Roddy Bottum (keyboards), Bill Gould (bass), Jim Martin (guitars), and Mike Patton (vocals).
Celebrating the classic albums that helped establish the band’s vital and visceral musical legacy Rhino Records releases a fantastic double LP vinyl Deluxe Edition of The Real Thing. Featuring the original album and an additional disc packed full of rarities related to the album. The bonus disc puts a different spin on “Falling To Pieces,” as well as live performances of “Surprise! You’re Dead!” “Underwater Love” and the Black Sabbath classic “War Pigs.”
1. From Out Of Nowhere
3. Falling To Pieces
4. Surprise! You’re Dead!
5. Zombie Eaters
1. The Real Thing
2. Underwater Love
3. The Morning After
4. Woodpecker From Mars
1. War Pigs
2. Edge Of The World
3. Sweet Emotion
4. Falling To Pieces (Matt Wallace Remix)
1. War Pigs (Live in Berlin 11.9.1989)
2. Surprise! You’re Dead! (Live in Sheffield)
3. Chinese Arithmetic (Live in Sheffield)
4. Underwater Love (Live in Brixton)
5. As The Worm Turns (Live in Brixton)
In 1992, after an extensive period of touring, San Franciscan rockers Faith No More released Angel Dust. The album swings between extremes—aggressive and disturbing, but also beautiful and soothing—showing off every facet of the band’s quirky eloquence on such diverse tracks as “Midlife Crisis,” “Jizzlobber,” “R.V.” and “Small Victory.”
Celebrating the classic albums that helped establish the band’s vital and visceral musical legacy Rhino Records releases a fantastic double LP vinyl Deluxe Edition of Angel Dust. Featuring the original album and an additional disc packed full of rarities related to the album. Among the nine tracks featured on the bonus disc is a mix of “Midlife Crisis” by the band’s longtime producer Matt Wallace, a trio of live recordings from a concert in Munich, Germany, as well as covers of the Dead Kennedys’ “Let’s Lynch The Landlord” and the band’s unforgettable take on the Commodores’ “Easy.”
1. Land Of Sunshine
3. Midlife Crisis
5. Everything’s Ruined
2. Be Aggressive
3. A Small Victory
5. Smaller And Smaller
2. Midnight Cowboy
3. Crack Hitler
4. Midlife Crisis (The Scream Mix) [Remixed By Matt Walllace]
5. The World Is Yours (Outtake from Angel Dust Sessions)
1. As The Worm Turns (Mike Patton Vocal)
2. Das Schutzenfest (German Version)
3. Let’s Lynch the Landlord
4. Be Aggressive (Live in Munich 9th November 1992)
5. Kindergarten (Live in Munich 9th November 1992)
6. We Care A Lot (Live in Munich 9th November 1992)
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.
VOCALIST BRUCE DICKINSON TO CAPTAIN AND PILOT A BOEING 747-400 JUMBO JET TO PLAY IN SIX OF THE SEVEN CONTINENTS TRAVELLING OVER 55,000 MILES (88,500km) AROUND THE GLOBE
“THE BOOK OF SOULS WORLD TOUR” IS EXPECTED TO VISIT AROUND 35 COUNTRIES
INCLUDING FIRST EVER CONCERTS IN CHINA AND EL SALVADOR
NEW STUDIO ALBUM “THE BOOK OF SOULS” IS RELEASED WORLDWIDE ON SEPT 4
IRON MAIDEN, whose new studio album The Book of Souls, their first for 5 years, will be released worldwide next week on Sept 4, are taking touring to a new level using a Boeing 747-400 Jumbo Jet (aka Queen of the Skies) for their World Tour next year. Vocalist Bruce Dickinson is currently in training for his licence to fly the massive four engine jet, which is almost twice the size and over three times the weight of the Boeing 757 used on previous tours in 2008/9/11 (see attached comparison grid). The new Ed Force One will take the band, crew and over 12 tons of equipment more than 55,000 miles (88,500km) around the planet with concerts in six of the seven continents (Australasia, Asia, North and South America, Africa and Europe) with The Book of Souls World Tour 2016 expected to visit around 35 countries.
Details of the precise schedule are currently being finalised and we will commence announcements of specific dates for the different territories in a few weeks’ time. However we can reveal that The Book Of Souls World Tour will open in the U.S.A in late February with Ed Force One flying in for three shows before, in early March, heading into Central America visiting MEXICO, followed by a much anticipated first ever concert in EL SALVADOR and a return to COSTA RICA. Ed Force One then proceeds into South America for concerts in ARGENTINA, CHILE and a number of shows in BRAZIL before flying back to the USA at the end of March for ten more cities covering the USA and, of course, CANADA in the first two weeks of April.
A long awaited return to JAPAN follows later in April, and then the band are delighted to be playing their first ever shows in CHINA before heading to NEW ZEALAND and AUSTRALIA for a comprehensive tour during the first half of May. Shows in SOUTH AFRICA, Maiden’s first visit there with Bruce, will be the last port of call before Ed Force One heads to EUROPE for a very extensive tour starting in late May and finishing in early August. This will the first time Ed Force One has ever been used on any European Tour dates (other than Bruce’s Fan Club trips to shows) and will provide transport there for at least for the first few weeks.
Bruce Dickinson comments,
“When the opportunity arose from my friends at Air Atlanta Icelandic to lease a 747 for The Book of Souls World Tour, of course we jumped at the chance, who wouldn’t? The greatest benefit of travelling in a 747 is that because of its colossal size and freight capacity we can carry our stage production and all our stage equipment and desks in the cargo hold without having to make any of the immense structural modifications needed to do this on the previous 757, the extent of which fans will have noted on the Flight 666 DVD. Although in reality we cannot carry much more gear the savings in complexity, time and cost make using the 747 even more practical. All we will need to do is “paint” it and move a few seats around, with the added advantage that there is much more room for band and crew – our Krew can almost get a row of seats each to catch up on sleep on the flights! Furthermore, it is marginally faster o.85 MACH and the range of around 7000NM (13,000 km) is much greater which means we will not have to make the refuelling stops we needed to with the 757.
“However, even though we have worked out the logistics of taking a plane of that immense size out on tour, I still have to learn to fly it before we can go anywhere! So, I’m currently doing my training to qualify as a pilot and Captain on a Boeing 747. I’m doing this at Cardiff Aviation, my aircraft maintenance facility in Wales, where we recently took possession of a rather splendid 747 simulator which I can’t wait to get practising on!
“We’re all really excited at the thought of bringing our brand new tour to fans who have never seen us play live before, and of course re-visiting all our old friends again too. You can rest assured we are all working hard to put together a spectacular show for our fans.”
The 747 is the world’s most recognisable airliner on account of its distinctive hump. With its impressive dimensions of 70.7m (232ft) length, 19.4m (63.6ft) height and a jaw-dropping wing span of 64.4m (211ft) this double-decker aircraft has a range of 13,450km (7,262nm).
Final dates, venues and ticket on sale times, along with full details of what Maiden fans can expect from The Book Of Souls World Tour, will be announced by territory starting in a few weeks’ time. As usual, where feasible, IRON MAIDEN Fan Club members will have exclusive access to purchase tickets before they go on general sale. Also, wherever possible, the Fan Club will again be running the First To The Barrier draw for privileged, early access to the venue to secure the best standing positions by or close to the barrier.
The Book Of Souls is Maiden’s 16th, and first ever, double studio album and is released 4 September through Parlophone Records (BMG in the US).
NWoBHM cult act SAVAGE, will release their brand new studio album “7”, on October 9, 2015, via Minus 2 Zebra Records (distributed by Plastic Head). The double disc release will include complete live album titled “Live N Lethal” on second disc.
SAVAGE, once credited for influencing METALLICA to play fast. Even though the band has often been linked to the NWOBHM movement, their roots are more in the vintage classic rock with a modern feel. Influences such as THIN LIZZY and DEEP PURPLE abound and yet with new material they sound incredibly contemporary and fresh. Their debut album, “Loose ‘n Lethal” (from 1983) became a classic and was the biggest selling independent import into USA in it’s day. The band have had a stop start career but came back with a vengeance in 2012 with the epic album titled “Sons Of Malice”. The band has been busy ever since on the live scene in the UK and Europe, and most recently an Italian tour earlier this summer.
The classic debut is now given a fresh and live treatment in the form of a recently recorded live gig in their hometown. In addition to this, SAVAGE has been hard at work writing and recording set of new classics on this double release. The album titled “7” features 12 blistering new tracks, which mix old with new. Many of the tracks are fast paced and hark back to the early days, whilst tracks such as “Superspy” and “Empire Of Hate” sound akin to something off a modern OZZY album or even METALLICA at their best!
Ah, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland…home of some pretty lakes, the Marble Arch caves, Enniskillen Castle…and the bruising Monsters of Rot Festival, a one day event created with the singular purpose of bashing your face in and leaving you bleeding on the ground. Metaphorically, of course…