Dio’s contributions to heavy metal are profound and indisputable. He participated in no fewer than six of the most critically important hard rock and heavy metal albums of all time, including Rising, Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll, Heaven And Hell, Mob Rules, Holy Diver and The Last In Line.
Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer on May 16th, 2010. It is one of the greatest losses ever suffered by the heavy metal community.
MANOWAR and Magic Circle Entertainment have decided to honor one of metal’s greatest legends with “Magic – A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio,” a new CD featuring Magic Circle Music artists and friends performing some of Dio’s most inspired work.
“Magic – A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio” is especially poignant because Dio hails from the same fertile upstate New York soil as MANOWAR. “Heavy metal has lost a great artist and a true gentleman,” says MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio. “I had the privilege of being his friend and, along with other friends and admirers, we wish to honor him.”
MANOWAR contributes a powerful rendition of Dio’s signature song, “Heaven And Hell.” Jack Starr’s Burning Starr and the Magic Circle All Star Band (with Shmoulik Avigal and Joe Stump) contribute the classics “Catch The Rainbow” and “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll” and his cousin and former Elf guitarist David “Rock” Feinstein delivers a song inspired and written for Dio titled “Far Beyond.” The album is rounded out by several tenacious, up-and-coming bands, such as female-fronted HolyHell, featuring the voice of Maria Breon (called by many “The Female Dio”) as well as Metalforce, Awaken and Crosswind, all of whom embrace Dio’s legacy in their own inspired interpretations of his songs on “Magic.”
In tribute to Dio’s legacy, famous fantasy painter and illustrator Ken Kelly, the man behind many of heavy metal’s most classic album covers (including some by MANOWAR) has reworked his iconic Rainbow “Rising” artwork for “Magic.”
“Magic – A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio” is from the hearts of these musicians.
It is not only their privilege, but also their duty, to honor Ronnie by singing his praises while singing his songs.
“Magic – A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio” will be released on Magic Circle Music’s online store Kingdom of Steel on June 18th, in Germany on July 16th, in the US and Canada on July 20th and further international territories in the forthcoming weeks. The album will also be available at the merchandise booth of all upcoming MANOWAR live appearances, starting at the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria on June 23rd. Track Listing:
1) MANOWAR – Heaven And Hell
2) HOLYHELL – Holy Diver (Live In Norway)
3) METALFORCE – The Last In Line
4) MAGIC CIRCLE ALL STAR BAND – Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll
5) AWAKEN – I Speed At Night
6) CROSSWIND – A Light In The Black
7) DEAN CASCIONE – Never More
8) FEINSTEIN – Far Beyond
9) HARLET – Straight Through The Heart
10) JACK STARR’S BURNING STARR – Catch The Rainbow
Chicago deathcore heavyweights, OCEANO will be hitting the road once again as part of the Over The Limit Tour. Ever the road warriors, this will not be a typical tour for OCEANO. It will mark their first major North American co-headlining tour alongside AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK. The tour will also act as a prelude to the fall release of the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, CONTAGION. Those attending the Over The Limit Tour will be among the first anywhere to hear some of the crushing new material from the album.
OCEANO frontman, Adam Warren gives his thoughts on the band’s first major co-headlining run across North America:
“Everyone in Oceano are BEYOND stoked to have another opportunity to hit the road and hangout with all our friends who comprise of the amazing bands on this tour. Expect to sweat, expect to get wet, and get violent this summer with the Over the limit tour!”
The Over The Limit Tour aims to bring a true summer festival experience to towns just outside of the bigger cities for a low price. Joining headliners OCEANO and AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK on the bill will be ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS, THE TONY DANZA TAPDANCE EXTRAVAGANZA, THICK AS BLOOD, BURNING THE MASSES, CIRCLE OF CONTEMPT, and BLINDWITNESS, with SON OF AURELIUS and THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE on select dates..
Rockstars & Actors Donate In Support of Humanity Thru Music In Benefit of Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary
STEVE VAI, OZZY OSBOURNE, JOHN 5, BLASKO, PAUL GILBERT, TYLER MANE, MARKY RAMONE, BILLY SHEEHAN AND MORE…..
DONATED INSTRUMENTS FROM IBANEZ, YAMAHA, ERNIE BALL, SCHECTER GUITARS, STAGE CLOTHES AND THEATRICAL PROPS UP FOR AUCTION
EBAY AUCTION NOW!!
HOLLYWOOD, CA – (June 15, 2010) – Besides the love of music, rockstars have a soft spot for our four legged furry friends. With the help from so many artists and actors with their charitable donations of instruments and signed memorabilia, FUR & FEATHER ANIMAL SANCTUARY comes closer to breaking ground in the next year for the first fully solar and wind powered, no-kill animal sanctuary. The sanctuary will also provide the community with a low-cost animal clinic, education and cultural center.
Currently on the eBay auction block is a Yamaha bass signed by Bass-master BILLY SHEEHAN, guitar virtuoso JOHN 5’s famous 666 strap by Red Monkey from 5 tours with Rob Zombie signed and dated, OZZY’s autobiography “I AM OZZY” signed by OZZY, legendary ax-slinger STEVE VAI’S custom made silver outfit by famed rockstar couturier Terri King. It was worn on the Ultra Zone tour in the late 90’s, HALLOWEEN 2’s movie prop w/ signed Michael Myers photo from TYLER MANE, and a Schecter Diamond Series Delux guitar signed by ALL the mainstage bands from OZZfest 2006 including OZZY, ZAKK WYLDE, BLS, HATEBREED, DISTURBED, LACUNA COIL, SYSTEM OF A DOWN and more!
Adding in the next week to the auction will be 2 signed Ibanez guitars one from PAUL GILBERT and one from STEVE VAI, an Ernie Ball bass signed by BLASKO from Ozzy Osbourne’s band, and a Schecter Diamond Series guitar signed by horror Icons TYLER MANE (Michael Myers/Halloween 1&2) and DEREK MEARS (Jason Voorhees/Friday the 13th). More items coming!! Keep an eye out for additions of cool signed memorabilia from your favorite rockstars!! All items come with signed letters of authentication for your collection!
Did you know?
-Between four million and six million pets are euthanized every year because they are homeless.
– An animal in a shelter is killed every 1.5 seconds.
– Only one animal in 10 born in the U.S. gets a good home that lasts a lifetime.
– There is a direct correlation between animal abuse and neglect and child abuse and neglect.
FUR & FEATHER ANIMAL SANCTUARY is a 501(c)(3) that was organized exclusively for charitable, and educational purposes, more specifically for helping homeless and un-wanted animals with medical care, adoption in a no-kill safe environment.
For more information go to www.furfeather.org (almost finished) or visit them on Facebook now! Just search for Fur & Feather Animals Sanctuary and look for the happy Pit-bull~ To donate to the cause use Paypal and email to email@example.com or email to get address to send checks.
AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK & OCEANO ARSONIST GET ALL THE GIRLS TONY DANZA TAP DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA THICK AS BLOOD BURNING THE MASSES CIRCLE OF CONTEMPT http://www.myspace.com/circleofcontempt BLIND WITNESS THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE (July 23rd – August 8th) SON OF AURELIUS (August 9th – August 21st)
In other exciting news, THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE will perform at a special in-store signing at Plan 9 in Richmond, VA this Friday, June 18th! The event begins at 7pm! The band will be joined at the signing by none other than Chris Adler of LAMB OF GOD, a Richmond, VA native and co-producer of Haunt What’s Left. Admission is accepted with the Plan 9 pre-order of a copy of Haunt What’s Left. “First, we are going to rock Richmond,” states vocalist Ricky Armellino. “Then, Chris Adler and THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE are going to sign some pre-order CD’s. These steps are super important to the process. Richmond, Virginia; stand up.”
Australian melodic rockers LORD have released a video clip for the song “100 Reasons” which was featured on their most recent album “Set In Stone”.
Commented LORD mainmain LT, “We had a lot of fun doing this clip, throwing food around the house, trying not to get busted by mall security and doing possibly some of the most ridiculous cheesy stage moves you’ll ever see! Thankfully no one needed to wear the little gold hot pants this time, I still have nightmares about that! This is just one of a few really cool things we have on the boil this year, so keep an eye on our site.”
This video clip follows the release of LORD’s video for their cover of KYLIE MINOGUE’S “On A Night Like This” which raked up over 20,000 views in under a week.
LORD will return to Japan in October for a run of shows with DORO and JADED HEART, ahead of more Australian touring in the last part of the year.
Born from the ashes of DUNGEON, one of Australia’s longest running metal bands, LORD has gone on to tour nationally and internationally with bands such as QUEENSRYCHE, NEVERMORE, SAXON, NIGHTWISH, GAMMA RAY and more. Their last album “Set In Stone” featured guest performances by Pete Lesperance (HAREM SCAREM), Craig Goldy (DIO), Felipe Andreoli (ANGRA) and a host of other well known artists from around the world.
Seattle’s metal titans NEVERMORE are back and truly better than ever with the much anticipated new full-length release, The Obsidian Conspiracy, which could be their most impressive offering of their illustrious, decade plus, heralded career. The group has partnered up with the world’s #1 horror site, Bloody-Disgusting.com, for an exclusive, worldwide debut of their new video clip for the track “Emptiness Unobstructed,” which can be viewed now below and at http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/music/748
Dane further states: “Working with director Nigel Crane was a great experience. We spent a day walking around the white cliffs in Dover the day before the London show and we couldn’t possibly be happier with the end result. The live part was shot at the O2 Academy Islington in London and we only performed the song twice that night so we had to make these takes count, so we went all out. It was pretty amazing that most of the audience knew all of the words even though we were a number of days away from the album’s release. Thanks for checking this out and we hope you enjoy it.”
North American fans can now rejoice as the band are excited to announce their first headlining Stateside tour in almost three years, which kicks off on Sept. 23rd and runs through Nov. 5th. This stellar bill also features Warbringer, Mutiny Within and Hatesphere in the support slots.
All tickets are on-sale now exclusively through www.Enterthevault.com and will be available there until June 19th when they go on-sale through all normal ticketing systems. There will be a limited number of VIP tickets available which gets fans early entry before doors for a preshow NEVERMORE meet and greet. Either see below or visit www.myspace.com/nevermorefans to view their complete tour itinerary.
“Scream” — OZZY OSBOURNE’s first album in almost three years and 10th studio album overall — is available for streaming in its entirety on the singer’s MySpace page.
The CD will be released on June 22 in North America via Epic Records. It will be issued in Japan on June 23 with the exclusive bonus track “Jump The Moon”. A special iTunes pre-order is available which includes the bonus track, “One More Time”. Once the album is released, the song will be unavailable.
Produced by Ozzy and Kevin Churko, both of whom did the same honors for Ozzy’s 2007 worldwide million-seller “Black Rain”, “Scream” track listing:
01. Let It Die
02. Let Me Hear You Scream
03. Soul Sucker
04. Life Won’t Wait
05. Diggin’ Me Down
09. I Want It More
10. Latimer’s Mercy
11. I Love You All
12. Jump The Moon (Japan-edition bonus track)
13. One More Time (iTunes pre-order bonus track)
OZZY OSBOURNE filmed a video for his new single, “Let Me Hear You Scream”, last month with renowned Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund, who has previously worked with METALLICA, SATYRICON, RAMMSTEIN, MADONNA and THE PRODIGY, among others. According to RollingStone.com, fans should expect the clip to be “an over-the-top spectacle . . . replete with fake blood and giant injectable needles.”
“Let Me Hear You Scream” had its world premiere, during a prison riot scene, on “CSI: NY” on April 14 on the CBS television network.
The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recorded most of “Scream” at his Los Angeles home studio, The Bunker, and co-wrote all the songs, primarily with Churko. Notably, the album marks the first appearance of Ozzy’s new guitar player, Gus G. (FIREWIND, ex-DREAM EVIL, ARCH ENEMY). Ozzy’s band also features bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson, drummer Tommy Clufetos (ex-ROB ZOMBIE, ALICE COOPER) and keyboardist Adam Wakeman.
Ozzy will embark on an 18-month world tour in support of “Scream”, which will include six Ozzfest dates in August.
OZZY OSBOURNE will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show “Rockline” with host Bob Coburn on Monday, June 21 at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with Ozzy by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For more information, visit RocklineRadio.com.
Avast ye bilge rats! Who says pirates no longer exist? Like a billowing sea breeze, Mercer County, New Jersey’s own SWASHBUCKLE is raising sails to pillage the continent this summer on the Panic Over North America Tour alongside Soilwork and Death Angel.
SWASHBUCKLE has made a name for itself by combining rapier-edged thrash metal with piratical humor, as exemplified on its most recent Nuclear Blast Records release, Back To the Noose. On the upcoming tour, the band plans to introduce some music from its upcoming third full-length of nautical nonsense, Crime Always Pays, which they are currently wrapping in the studio.
A traditional SWASHBUCKLE stage show usually includes period costumes, palm trees, parrots, and foam swords that are often tossed into the crowd to enact mosh-pit duels! As vocalist/bassist Admiral Nobeard prophesizes, “It’s gonna be a fierce summer tour of retardation, fun, and metal! So ye best be coming out, for we’ll be punchin’ yar eardrums in with a oneshot blast of piratical metal mayhem. Hollar for a dollar, let’s thrash!”
SWASHBUCKLE will then end the summer with a romp across Europe on the pagan/folk metal-driven Heidenfest 2010 tour. And then, on January 24, the band embarks on a tailor-made concert experience, the 70.000 Tons of Metal cruise which sails from Miami, FL to Cozumel, Mexico, and returns to Miami on January 28. More info on the cruise can be found at: www.70000tons.com
A much-needed kick-to-the-backside to the music industry, SWASHBUCKLE adds tankards of rum-soaked mirth and mayhem in an otherwise deadpan metal scene!
Tour dates include:
July 14 at Jaxx in Springfield, VA
July 15 at The Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA
July 16 at The Gramercy Theatre in New York, NY
July 17 at The Palladium in Worcester, MA
July 18 at FouFounes Electriques in Montreal, QC, Can.
July 19 at The Opera House in Toronto, ON, Can.
July 20 at Peabody’s in Cleveland, OH
July 21 at Blondie’s in Detroit, MI
July 22 at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago, IL
July 23 at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI
July 24 at The Rock in Maplewood, MN
July 27 at El Corazon in Seattle, WA
July 28 at Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver, BC, Can.
July 29 at Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, OR
July 30 at Slim’s in San Francisco, CA
July 31 at The Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, CA
Aug 1 at Ramona Mainstage in Ramona, CA
Aug 2 at The Clubhouse in Tempe, AZ
Aug 3 at The Rock in Tucson, AZ
Aug 5 at Emo’s in Austin, TX
Aug 6 at Ridglea Theater in Ft. Worth, TX
Aug 7 at The Warsaw in Houston, TX
Aug 8 at The Parish in New Orleans, LA
Aug 9 at The Club at Firestone in Orlando, FL
Aug 10 at Volume 11 in Raleigh, NC
Aug 11 at Headliner’s Music Hall in Louisville, KY
Aug 12 at Canal Club in Richmond, VA
Aug 13 at Sonar in Baltimore, MD
Aug 14 at Diesel Nightclub in Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 15 at Webster Theater in Hartford, CT
Aug 16 at Rocko’s in Manchester, NH (w/Augury)
Aug 17 at Club Hell in Providence, RI (w/Augury)
Jan 24 2011 at Port of Miami / Dodge Island in Miami, FL
The Swedish metal monsters THE HAUNTED have been confirmed for the Italian TOTAL METAL FESTIVAL 2010. The Haunted will share the stage of the best Metal Festival in Southern Italy with already confirmed PRIMAL FEAR and a few more brilliant metal bands next 25th september at the Demodè Club in the city of Bari.
The Haunted are one of the most worldwide popular Swedish metal bands. Their sound is influenced by many metal styles. The TMF performance will be their first show ever in southern Italy!
Some more bands have been confirmed too for the italian Festival:Methedras, which already played the TMF2008, Sawthis, powerful death/thrash italian metal band, The Prowlers, Classic Metal with power and prog influences and Insidexile, a very young experimental extreme metal band from southern Italy. More bands will be confirmed soon!
GWAR FAILS TO NASALLY VIOLATE DAVE MATTHEWS OR JAY-Z, HAS TO SETTLE FOR MARGARET CHO AS THE SCUMDOGS OF THE UNIVERSE DECIMATE BONNAROO!
As the 25th Anniversary of the world’s most dangerous band plunges onwards towards it’s halfway point, GWAR is continuing it’s assault on humanity with relentless aplomb. This past weekendsaw GWAR descend upon the traditionally hippy–fied Bonnaroo music festival to play a late-night Saturday set in front of 15,000 screaming fans. It was good enough to garner the band SPIN Online’s award for both best and worst act on the third day of the popular, drug-soaked music and art spectacle.
“A lot of people were very surprised to see us on the Bonnaroo stage”, said lead front-thing Oderus Urungus. “But the more traditionally heavy festivals, such as Ozzfest or Warped, who claim to support underground and heavy music, have consistently denied GWAR, the heaviest underground band EVER! And what’s even more ironic is that it took a bunch of tree-hugging hippies to give GWAR their biggest and best gig to date in the U.S. And that’s after years of killing them onstage. Thank you, hippies!”
The band had publicly pledged to nasally violate the entire Dave Matthews Band, then had expanded the threat to include Jay-Z, because “his nostrils are bigger”. But it was actually comedian Margaret Cho who became the sexual play-thing to the band. To the chant of “Cho is a ho,” the miniature Asian person took the stage during the bands encore and allowed Oderus to “fuck her face off”.
See exclusive footage of this disgusting event at GWAR’s webtv station, gwar.tv!
After the show, GWAR led a procession of blood-soaked fans to the “Mushroom Fountain”, where they had promised to make the waters “run red with blood”. The spectacle was met with mixed results.
“We didn’t kill enough babies,” said Oderus. “It came out kinda pink.”
GWAR is continuing on the road this summer with a slew of tour dates with Dirge Within and Mobile Deathcamp. See below for all U.S. and foreign tour dates.
Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinnie Appice to be joined by Glenn Hughes and Jorn Lande for a special tribute to the legendary Ronnie James Dio. Get your High Voltage tickets here!
Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinnie Appice will play a very special tribute to one of the greatest voices of all time at this year’s first ever High Voltage festival on July 24th at Victoria Park in London.
Playing the songs that made three generations of metal fans worship the ground Ronnie walked upon, the H&H members will be joined by legendary former Deep Purple and Black Sabbath man Glenn Hughes and Norwegian vocalist Jorn Lande, who sings for power metallers Masterplan and has also released his own tribute to Ronnie in the past.
Geezer Butler: “It’s going to be a very emotional occasion. Ronnie loved his fans like no-one else I know – and they loved him. It will be a privilege doing a gig in honour of his memory, and to help towards his charity. Above all, I hope it encourages people to have regular check-ups for this disease. Early detection is vital, and greatly improves the chance of a cure. I know everyone has heard that a million times before, but seeing one of your best friends die because we all think we’re immune from this disease, really brings it home. Do it for yourself, your family, your friends. Ronnie would be proud of you.”
Tony Iommi: “Ronnie’s passing has left a huge hole, we hadn’t anywhere near finished what we set out to do as a band together. He was so looking forward to the European tour and we hope this appearance will go some way to fulfilling that.”
Video commentary from Iommi is below:
Proceeds from this performance will go to The Ronnie James Dio “Stand Up And Shout” Cancer Fund. For further information on the Fund and to make a donation please visit www.ronniejamesdio.com
The first ever High Voltage festival will be headlined by classic rock giants ZZ Top and the reformed Emerson, Lake and Palmer with the Metal Hammer stage featuring Down, Black Label Society, Saxon, Cathedral, Clutch, Opeth and many other metal heavyweights!
Tickets cost £75 per day or £135 for the full action-packed weekend and all regular ticket holders can now upgrade their tickets to VIP or VIP Packages. The VIP packages will include hotel and transport packages and bespoke merchandise. Get your High Voltage tickets here!