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Def Leppard, Journey – To Team up for North American Tour – Dates, Cities Released

DEF LEPPARD and JOURNEY, along with VH1 Classic and Live Nation, are pairing up for one of the most rockin’ tours to hit the U.S. this summer with both bands heading out together starting June 23 in Camden, NJ and concluding August 31 in Seattle, WA.

DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen said of the tour, “Only six months between tours for DEF LEPPARD…this is amazing…WOW. I think we’re getting the hang of this! Usually, we always have to redefine and reorient ourselves to touring as we are used to a three year gap between tours because of the recording process. This time, we had the album in the can so we are good to go. We’re really psyched to be hitting the road this summer and are looking forward to seeing all of our fans again.”

JOURNEY keyboardist Jonathan Cain is especially excited about the opportunity to tour with another of rock’s heavyweights this summer. “It’s a band I’ve admired for a long time,” he says. “We’re honored to be performing with a band that received their Diamond Award (an award given for 10,000,000 albums sold) at the same ceremony when we received our Diamond Award. So it seems fitting that we go out together after all these years and celebrate a lot of good years of rock and roll.”

With more than 65 million albums sold worldwide, DEF LEPPARD — Joe Elliott (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick “Sav” Savage (bass) and Rick Allen (drums) — is one of the most continuously exciting and important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career, the band has produced a series of classic groundbreaking albums that set the sound for generations of music fans and artists and is without a doubt Great Britain’s premiere arena rock band. Their spectacular live shows filled with powerful melodic rock anthems have become synonymous with their name and they are an institution in the touring industry as they continue to sell out arenas worldwide. Additionally, DEF LEPPARD has been honored in the U.S. by the RIAA with two prestigious Diamond Awards for their albums “Hysteria” and “Pyromania”. The Diamond Award recognizes sales of over 10 million, a feat not many bands and only a handful of British artists have been able to achieve (THE BEATLES, PINK FLOYD, ELTON JOHN, ERIC CLAPTON).

JOURNEY‘s legacy has spanned over 30 years with 19 U.S. releases, most recently the critically acclaimed “Generations” (Sanctuary Records, 2005). Four albums landed in the Top Ten of Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart, including 1981?s “Escape” which reached #1. Overall they?ve sold over 75 million albums worldwide making them the 29th best-selling music group of all time. They were honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last year. The band was founded in 1973 in San Francisco by SANTANA members Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie, with the assistance of Ross Valory, George Tickner and Prairie Prince. The current line-up?which has been together since 1998–includes Neal Schon (guitar), Ross Valory (bass), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Steve Augeri (vocals) and Deen Castronovo (drums).

A full list of confirmed cities and dates can be found here.

Soilwork, Darkest Hour – More Tour Dates Released

More dates have been released for SOILWORK‘s headlining tour featuring DARKEST HOUR, MNEMIC, and THREAT SIGNAL:

October 5 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx (no Darkest Hour)
October 7 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
October 9 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
October 12 – Cohoes, NY @ Saratoga Winners
October 15 – Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
October 17 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
October 20 – West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
October 21 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
November 5 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

Blood Freak – Two New Songs Available

You can now check out two new BLOOD FREAK tracks, “Toxic Tomb” and “Mucousspewing Lungslasher,” here. The songs are off the band’s new album Live Fast, Die Young…and Leave a Flesh Eating Corpse, which is expected to be released through Razorback Records shortly.

Bouncing Souls – Announce 6 NYC Shows

The BOUNCING SOULS have lined up six shows at the Knitting Factory in New York City:

June 1st with World/Inferno Friendship Society, Static Radio
June 2nd with Blanks 77, The Harlots
June 3rd with Paint It Black, The Arsons
June 4th with Sticks and Stones, Ruder Than You
June 5th with The Slackers, Smoke or Fire
June 6th with The Explosion, Spanish Bombs

Ill Bill – Added To PA Ghostface Killah Shows

Brooklyn based rapper ILL BILL (NON-PHIXION) has been added to three dates of GHOSTFACE KILLAH‘s (WU-TANG CLAN) current tour:

April 26 State College, PA @ Crowbar
April 27 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
April 28 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock

Ruin – Recording with Mikey Doling – Hunting for Frontman

LA based RUIN are currently set to record a 3 song musical demo with Mikey Doling (SNOT, SOULFLY) from March 25-29. These songs will be available for listening April 1 in the hope that the band can land a new lead singer. Plans for a full tour and a number of showcases have been put on hold until the band can find a frontman – those interested can head to their MySpace or ruinmetal1@hotmail.com.

The Classic Struggle – Drop off Exodus/Full Blown Chaos Tour – Drummer Suffers Severe Head Injury Confined to Hospital Bed

THE CLASSIC STRUGGLE regretfully announces that they must drop off the EXODUS / FULL BLOWN CHAOS tour. Several weeks ago their friend and drummer Tyler Solnosky suffered a severe head injury and has been confined to a hospital bed. Tyler is showing signs of recovery, but will remain in the hospital for an indefinite amount of time.

Not unlike most touring bands, Tyler is without medical insurance and is facing large medical expenses. The band has set up a PayPal account to collect donations. Please send PayPal donations to theclassicstruggle@yahoo.com. The band is also planning a series of benefit shows. More info will be released soon.

?We would like to thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers while Tyler recovers. Sorry about the shows and tour we have to cancel, but it wouldn?t be right to leave him right now. Family comes first. We won?t be gone for too long. Stay metal.?

Bolt Thrower – Change up Support from Gorefest to God Dethroned/Kataklysm

BOLT THROWER will no longer be taking out GOREFEST on the second leg of their “Those Once Loyal” European Tour. The band shares the following on the subject:

“We are happy to announce the bands taking part in the second leg of our European tour. Main support on Those Still Loyal II Europe 2006 will come from Holland ‘s finest ? GOD DETHRONED ? for the first part of the tour, and the Northern hyperblast legends ? KATAKLYSM ? for the remainder of the tour. For this tour we decided against the usual three- or four-band package, and instead are using the opportunity to bring out friends and also help promote new bands.”

“Therefore, in addition to GOD DETHRONED/KATAKLYSMwe have invited different special guests each night, bands like Downlord ([ex-BOLT THROWER frontman] Dave Ingram’s new band), God Among Insects, etc. and/or various up and coming local bands.”

“We again strongly advise people who are travelling to the shows without tickets that they call the venues to make sure there are still tickets available. Some of the shows have already sold out, and we don’t want a repeat of the January tour where a lot of people found they couldn’t get in after travelling for hours.”

“We’re all really looking forward to playing new territories and meeting up with old friends. Hope to see you out there!”

Phoenix Mourning – In LA/Miami Shooting Video

PHOENIX MOURNING will be in Los Angeles and Miami shooting a video for the track ‘Across Twenty-Six Winters’ with director Adam Grabarnick at the end of March. More information is expected shortly.

3 – Announce Mini Tour With Yakuza

After a successful show in Japan, 3 are back in the states to tour with YAKUZA. Singer of 3, Joey states, ?We?re very excited to reconnect with all our friends in the Midwest and beyond. The band is all psyched up from our Japanese debut, (where we acquired some really cool samurai swords and trained to become ninjas) so basically, anything could happen at these shows.?

Joey reflects on the recent trip to Japan, ?This was one of the greatest experiences of our lives. The Japanese are true music lovers and fully embraced what we do. We can?t wait to go back!?

How?s the overall response to their latest album, Wake Pig? Joey says, ?Spirits are high for us right now. Reaction to Wake Pig has been overwhelmingly positive the world over. There?s nothing more inspiring than to see your art bridge oceans and connect distant cultures. What we want to do now is showcase our live performance which is something that cannot truly encapsulated on CD. To complete the picture, you?ve got to see us live??

Anger As Art – Confirmed for KNAC Interview this Sunday

ANGER AS ART will be doing a live interview on The Vault on KNAC Radio this coming Sunday, March 26 at 11:45AM Pacific Standard time. To top off their recent spat of publicity, the band are also playing next Saturday, April 1, in Silver Lake, Los Angeles at Zen Sushi with IMPALER.

Vision of Disorder – One Off Reunion Show

VISION OF DISORDER are set to come together for ONE reunion show at “The Superbowl of Hardcore”. The band will be playing a full set in New York City this April.

April 23 – New York City, NY @ Club Spirit
BLOODSIMPLE, who recently had to pull out of their UK tour with TRIVIUM and GOD FORBIDare currently writing material for their followup album “A Cruel World” on Reprise/Bullygoat Records.

In Flames, Nevermore – Tour Itinerary Updated

More dates have been confirmed for IN FLAMES‘ upcoming North American tour with THROWDOWN, NEVERMORE and EVERGREY. Known dates are as follows:

May 6 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
May 8 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
May 9 – Jacksonville, NC @ Planet Rock
May 11 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
May 12 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
May 13 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
May 15 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada
May 16 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
May 20 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
May 21 – Sparks, NV @ New Oasis
May 23 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto
May 27 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
May 28 – Tallahassee, FL @ Beta Bar (formerly the Cow Haus)
May 30 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

Look What I Did, Spawn of Possession – SMN Hosted Forums Now Up

Combat Records’ LOOK WHAT I DID have joined our extensive group of official band forums. We’re happy to welcome them, and you may do the same here.

We’re also happy to welcome Swedish technical brutal death metallers, and all around amazing band, SPAWN OF POSSESSION. You can welcome them here.

Other new forums recently put up include HORSE THE BAND, BENEATH THE MASSACRE, THE RED CHORD, KILLWHITNEYDEAD, BEHOLD…THE ARCTOPUS, and many more.

Fast Eddie – Update From Los Angeles

Recently relocated experimental jazz/death metallers FAST EDDIE have issued the following update:

“We have successfully made it to Los Angeles! We have been crazy busy the past month, regrouping and reorganizing the fastness that is Eddie. We would like to welcome our new bassist Robbie Wank. Go say what’s up. We will have much more news really soon, including who our new guitarist will be!”

Sodom – California Show Announced

Even though their New York City show was billed as their “only North American appearance,” SODOM have lined up another tour date:

August 10 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club w/ Immolation
August 12 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club

Agalloch – Falling Snow – New MP3 for Grabs

AGALLOCH have posted the track entitled ‘Falling Snow’ taken from the forthcoming album ”Ashes Against The Grain” online – it can be found at here.

XM Radio – Liquid Metal Show to Return to Airwaves

Eric Logan of XM Satellite Radio announced today on the Opie & Anthony Morning Show that, due to listener demand, the show ‘Liquid Metal’ will be returning to satellite airwaves – with a refreshing and update format. More information is expected shortly.

Aurora Borealis – Feat. Tony Laureano – New Album, Tracklisting, Album Art

AURORA BOREALIS has stopped the search for an acceptable deal for the new album and have decided to release their next album through Nightsky Productions. The disc is at press now and will be ready for an early April release. The album, titled “Relinquish”, features Tony Laureano (NILE, DIMMU BORGIR) on drums, and cover art can be seen at this location.

Track listing is as follows

1. Myths of the Light
2. Let The Games Begin
3. Ravaged By Fire
4. God Wills It
5. The Red Flag
6. River Through The Skies
7. Tonight We Feast
8. Black Snow

Zombi – ‘Live at SXSW’ Internet-Only Release

ZOMBI have issued an internet-only live EP culled from its recent SXSW performance. The EP, simply titled Live at SXSW, was recorded at the Sony Connect ‘Vice Kills Texas II’ SXSW party on Thursday, March 16th and features “Digitalis” (from their upcoming record Surface To Air), “Orion” (from their debut album Cosmos) and an as-yet-unrecorded improvised track “Infinity.” This EP is available now at this location.

Cephalic Carnage – Recording Studio Robbed, Reward Offered

CEPHALIC CARNAGE have posted the following message:

Sometime between the evening of Friday, March 17th and the morning of Sunday, March 19th Flatline Audio was burglarized. Thousands of dollars of equipment is missing, but more important is the loss of several years of hard work.

If you have any information, please contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 with reference to case number 200613523.

A list of the missing items along with a description (some items were engraved with the initials DMO) can be found below .

The owner is offering a $500 reward for the recovery of data from the stolen hard drives.

The studio will be continuing in a different location beginning Monday, March 20th. Please contact Flatline Audio at 303-641-1121 or dave@hellionstudios.com for booking information.

List of missing Studio Gear:

1 Computer workstation

1 USB Key for Nuendo 3 software

2 AKG 414 B-ULS Microphones [Has Initials DMO engraved on plug stock]
2 Sennheiser e602 Microphones
1 Sennheiser e609 silver Microphone
3 Shure SM57 Microphones
1 DDrum Snare Trigger

1 MOTU 896 [Has Initials DMO engraved on inside lip of rack mount]

1 pair Mackie HR824 Studio Monitors [Has small dents in the foam rims around the woofers]

1 Alesis DM Pro

3 Rosewill R912E Black 19″ flat screen monitors

1 Tascam mixing board

1 Furman HR-6

XXX Maniak – European Distribution Confirmed

XXX MANIAK will now be distributed throughout Europe through SelfMadeGod Records. Also, SelfMadeGod will be reissuing their debut album Harvesting The Cunt Nectar in Europe which will include one exclusive bonus track and come in a slipcase CD. The bonus track is an industrial remix of the entire album in 4 mins by AV3RS1ON. It is expected to be released sometime in June or July.

Maryland Deathfest – Pre-Fest Party Announced

Willowtip Records and the Maryland Deathfest will be teaming up to present a MDF Pre-Fest Party on Friday, May 26th at the Ottobar in Baltimore, MD. The line up is as follows:

CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN
MISERY INDEX
WATCHMAKER
KILL THE CLIENT
MALIGNANCY
SALT THIS EARTH

Fear Factory, Suffocation – More Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been released for FEAR FACTORY‘s U.S. tour with SUFFOCATION, HYPOCRISY, and DECAPITATED set to take place later this year:

October 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
October 30 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
November 1 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
November 4 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
November 7 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
November 8 – New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
November 13 – Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
November 14 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
November 17 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance

Motorhead, Clutch – UK Tour Dates

MOTORHEAD and CLUTCH will be teaming up for an extensive UK tour this November. Dates are as follows:

November 2 – Newcastle, UK @ City Hall
November 4 – Glasgow, UK @ Carling Glasgow Academy
November 5 – Manchester, UK @ Carling Apollo Manchester
November 7 – Bradford, UK @ St. George’s Hall
November 8 – Sheffield, UK @ City Hall
November 9 – Birmingham, UK @ Carling Birmingham Academy
November 11 – Cardiff, UK @ Cardiff University
November 12 – Oxford, UK @ New Theatre
November 13 – Leicester, UK @ De Montfort Hall
November 15 – Norwich, UK @ University of East Anglia
November 16 – Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
November 17 – Ipswich, UK @ Ipswich Regent
November 19 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
November 20 – Bristol, UK @ Colston Hall
November 21 – Plymouth, UK @ Plymouth Pavilions
November 23 – Portsmouth, UK @ Portsmouth Guildhall
November 24 – Folkestone, UK @ Leas Cliff Hall
November 25 – London, UK @ Carling Brixton Academy