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  • 2012 Avalanche Line-Up and Tour Dates Announced

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Shinedown will head-line this year's Avalanche tour with support acts Adelitas Way and Art of Dying...including 2 stops in Michigan (see below).

    The Avalanche tour returns for its second stint, last year’s line-up featured Stone Sour, Theory of a Deadman, Skillet and Halestorm. Art of Dying appeared as part of last year’s lineup and will once again be involved, they will replace New Medicine for the second half the tour (all dates from April 12th on).

    2012 Avalanche Tour Dates:

    March 27 – Anaheim, CA @ Grove of Anaheim

    March 28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom

    March 30 – Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort Theatre

    March 31 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory

    April 2 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

    April 5 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues

    April 6 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues

    April 7 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater

    April 9 – Springfield, MO @ Shrine Mosque

    April 10 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre

    April 12 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit (Art of Dying joins tour for Remaining Dates)

    April 13 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

    April 14 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room

    April 16 – Niagra Falls, NY @ Rapids Theater

    April 17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

    April 18 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

    April 20 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater

  • 2-1-12 Rush Day - Celebrate!

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Rush and progressive metal fans are gathering for the unique numerological event known in North America as 2.1.12 Rush Day, a celebration of all things quirky, far-reaching, and progressive in heavy metal music. Events and special celebrations of Rush and progressive metal have been announced by fans, music stores, media and a host of radio stations across the US and Canada. 

    After four decades of progressive heavy metal, 2112 is probably the first record which can rightfully be called progressive metal, so it's only appropriate that fans blast the album from their rooftops, their cars, their iPods, everywhere, to celebrate this landmark record and Rush's incredible longevity and lasting influence.

  • Theory of a Deadman Return for Spring Tour

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Theory of a Deadman will be back in the states hitting the road in April for a North American headlining tour.

    The tour is set to kick off on April 9 in Tallahassee, Florida and will feature support from Pop Evil and Stellar Revival.

    4/9 Tallahassee, FL Coliseum Tallahassee
    4/10 Knoxville, TN The Valarium
    4/11 Augusta, GA The Country Club
    4/13 Cherokee, NC Harrah's Cherokee – Event Center
    4/15 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
    4/17 Norfolk, VA The NorVA
    4/18 Wallingford, CT The Dome at Oakdale
    4/20 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
    4/21 Watertown, NY Jefferson Community College – McVean Auditorium
    4/22 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
    4/24 Portland, ME State Theatre
    4/25 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
    4/27 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
    4/28 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
    4/29 South Bend, IN Club Fever
    5/1 Grand Rapids, MI The Orbit Room (Stellar Revival Only)
    5/4 Chicago, IL House of Blues
    5/5 Mankato, MN Verizon Wireless Center
    5/8 Wichita, KS TheCotillion
    5/9 Columbia, MO The Blue Note
    5/11 Metropolis, IL Harrah's Metropolis


  • Slipknot and Slayer to Headline Mayhem Festival

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Slipknot is set to head-line the 2012 Mayhem Festival with metal heavyweights Slayer playing the second slot and a to-be-announced big name act filling the third slot, which won't be officially announced until March 5th, speculation indicates it will be Motorhead.

    The second stage will be feature Anthrax, The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria, As I Lay Dying, and Whitechapel when the 26-date North American tour kicks off on June 30th in San Bernardino, Ca.

    6/30 - San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
    7/1 - San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheater
    7/3 - Seattle, WA White River Amphitheater
    7/4 - Boise, ID Idaho Center Amphitheater
    7/6 - Phoenix, AZ Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion
    7/7 - Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion
    7/8 - Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
    7/10 - Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
    7/11 - Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
    7/13 - Tampa, FL 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre
    7/14 - Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
    7/15 - Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
    7/18 - Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre
    7/20 - St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
    7/21 - Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
    7/22 - Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
    7/24 - Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
    7/25 - Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
    7/27 - Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
    7/28 - Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
    7/29 - Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live
    7/31 - Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
    8/1 - Buffalo, NY Darien Lake PAC
    8/3 - Boston, MA Comcast Center
    8/4 - Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
    8/5 - Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre

  • Metallica add more Black Album Tour Dates

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Metallica's summer vacation just keeps getting longer with the band announcing two additional dates to their upcoming summer trek where they will be playing their self-titled (Black) album in it's entirety.

    Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the 'Black Album' (the best selling rock record of the past 20 years - 15 million) is on the agenda in keeping with the theme of the summer, and these will be the first two performances of it in its entirety.

    5/7 Prague, Czech Republic Synot Tip Arena
    5/8 Belgrade, Serbia Usce Park
    5/12 Paris, France Stade de France
    5/13 Udine, Italy Stadio Friuli
    5/23 Oslo, Norway Vallehovin
    5/25 Lisbon, Portugal Rock in Rio
    5/28 Werchter, Belgium Festivalpark
    6/1 Nurnberg, Germany Rock Im Park
    6/2 Nurburgring, Germany Rock Am Ring
    6/6 Horsens, Denmark State Prison Open Air


  • Deep Purple Working on New Record for 2013 Release

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Deep Purple are very excited by the prospect of making a new and significant record. To that end they have decided to extend their writing and recording period through the Summer of 2012.

    The band knows this news will disappoint some of their fans, however they are looking forward to an Autumn/Winter Tour and continuing their Worldwide tour with the new record in 2013.

    Deep Purple's last studio release was 2005's "Rapture Of The Deep".

  • Grammy Museum to Unveil Heavy Metal History Exhibition this Spring

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    On April 11th, 2012, the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live will debut their new exhibit Golden Gods: The History of Heavy Metal.

    The show, a collaboration with Reveolver Magazine, will open in time to coincide with Revolver's The Golden Gods of Metal awards show.

    The exhibition will display "rare artifacts from iconic metal bands" such as instruments, stage props, handwritten lyrics, costumes and "interactive experiences" like "Metal riff stations," a vocal "scream" booth and a double kick drum that teaches visitors Heavy Metal drumming.

    The motive? To educate visitors on the origins of Heavy Metal, the bands, the subgenres and the controversies from over four decades of music.

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  • Judas Priest "The Complete Albums Collection" Box Set Available January 24th

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Few artists have built as stellar a discography as Judas Priest. And now, fans will get a chance to acquire all of the band's classics in one killer package.

    On January 24th, Columbia/Epic/Legacy will release the 17-CD box set, 'The Complete Albums Collection', which contains every studio and live record that featured the classic line up of Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing and Ian Hill.  "The Complete Albums Collection" will be available for purchase exclusively via

    Included will be brand new remasters of Priest's first two albums, 1974's 'Rocka Rolla' and 1976's 'Sad Wings of Destiny' (which have never been released before as authorized remasters by the band), in addition to each individual record being packaged in a replica mini-LP sleeve reproducing that album’s original cover art. And although the 2009 live compilation, 'A Touch
    of Evil…Live' is included; no other compilations will be present. Also featured in the set will be a 40-page booklet with photos, album credits, and liner notes by rock journalist/Priest fan Greg Prato.

    Albums included in 'The Complete Albums Collection':

    1. Rocka Rolla (1974)
    2. Sad Wings Of Destiny (1976)
    3. Sin After Sin (1977)
    4. Stained Class (1978)
    5. Killing Machine (1978)
    6. Unleashed In The East (1979)
    7. British Steel (1980)
    8. Point Of Entry (1981)
    9. Screaming For Vengeance (1982)
    10. Defenders Of The Faith (1984)
    11. Turbo (1986)
    12. Priest…Live! (1987)
    13. Ram It Down (1988)
    14. Painkiller (1990)
    15. Angel Of Retribution (2005)
    16. Nostradamus (2008)
    17. A Touch Of Evil…Live (2009)

  • Iron Maiden Set to Release New Live 2 DVD Set and Double Soundtrack in March

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Look for a new live Iron Maiden Blu-Ray, 2 DVD Set and Double Soundtrack Album set to drop on Monday March 27th in the US and Canada.

    En Vivo! was filmed on April 10th, 2011 in front of over 50,000 ecstatic fans at the Estadio nacional, Santiago during the Round The World In 66 Days leg of The Final Frontier World Tour, and captures a magnificent performance by the band, ardently embraced by the legendary Latino passion and energy of their Chilean fans. This live show encapsulates the heart and soul of Iron Maiden 2011.

    DVD Disc Two is a Bonus Disc containing an 88-minute documentary, Behind The Beast. This is also an entirely in-house production by Maiden's own Krew, led by Andy Matthews, and is intended as an interesting and revealing high quality "home movie" for their fans of how to put on an Iron Maiden tour and what goes on behind the scenes at a show. It describes the extraordinary story of one of the most acclaimed and ambitious touring shows in the world. It illustrates the day to day life and complex tasks of the Maiden Killer Krew and the other characters behind the scenes. As well as interviews with the Iron Maiden crew, it interweaves anecdotes from the band and their fans, and includes footage of the live show in this comprehensive guide to the intricacies of staging massive, live Stadium shows around the World out of the belly of a Boeing 757. The bonus disc also contains an extended version of the promo video Satellite 15...The Final Frontier, a video about the making of "Satellite 15...The Final Frontier" plus the opening video sequence to The Final Frontier World Tour.

    In addition to the Blu-Ray, the 2 DVD will initially be available as a Limited Edition double DVD in Collectors Steel book case and Double Vinyl Picture Disc. As well as a traditional 2 CD Soundtrack album, En Vivo! will also be available as a Digital Download, CD soundtrack album and Digital Download Video.

    Maiden's Final Frontier World Tour 2010-11 saw the band circumnavigating the planet for the third time in their customized Boeing 757, Ed Force One, piloted by lead singer Bruce Dickinson, and playing 98 shows in 36 countries to over 2 million fans.

    DVD Disc One "Live At Estadio Nacoonal, Santiago" (approx running time 120

    1. Satellite 15
    2. The Final Frontier
    3. El Dorado
    4. 2 Minutes To Midnight
    5. The Talisman
    6. Coming Home
    7. Dance Of Death
    8. The Trooper
    9. The Wicker Man
    10.Blood Brothers
    11.When The Wild Wind Blows
    12.The Evil That Men Do
    13.Fear Of The Dark
    14.Iron Maiden
    15. The Number Of The Beast
    16. Hallowed Be Thy Name
    17. Running Free

    Bonus Disc DVD Disc Two Behind The Beast (approx running time 102

    1.Behind The Beast documentary
    2.Satellite 15...The Final Frontier promo video (director's cut)
    3.The Making of Satellite 15...The Final Frontier promo
    4.The Final Frontier World Tour Show Intro


  • Five Finger Death Punch and Soulfly join forces for Spring Tour

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    Five Finger Death Punch and Soulfly are gearing up for a spring tour run throughout the U.S. and Canada.

    The dates kick off in mid-March and run through April, with possibly more dates to come.

    Five Finger Death Punch recently wrapped up their ‘Share the Welt' tour in support of their latest record, ‘American Capitalist,’ and Soulfly are set to release their latest effort, ‘Enslaved’ on March 13.

    Conformed dates thus far:

    3/22 San Diego, Calif. – 4th & B (no Five Finger Death Punch)

    3/23 Las Vegas, Nev. – The Joint

    3/24 Pomona, Calif. – The Fox Theater

    3/26 Fresno, Calif. – Rainbow Ballroom

    3/27 Modesto, Calif. – Modesto Centre Plaza

    3/28 Redding, Calif. – Redding Convention Center

    3/29 Portland, Ore. – Hawthorne Theater (no Five Finger Death Punch)

    3/30 Yakima, Wash. – Yakima Valley Sun Dome

    3/31 Seattle, Wash. – Paramount Theater

    4/1 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rickshaw Theatre (no Five Finger Death Punch)

    4/2 Dawson Creek, British Columbia – EnCana Events Centre

    4/4 Calgary, Alberta – MacEwan Hall

    4/5 Edmonton, Alberta – Shaw Conference Center

    4/7 Regina, Saskatchewan – Agribition

    4/9 Winnipeg, Manitoba – Burton Cummings Theatre

    4/11 Rapid City, S.D.– Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

    4/12 Casper, Wyo. – Casper Events Center

  • Motorhead Kicks off 2012 with New DVD and Tour with Megadeth

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    In celebration of 35 years on the road, Motorhead is set to release, "The World Is Ours-Vol 1 - Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else" on January 24th.

    The DVD contains some of the finest moments from the tour, including the entire performance from Chile’s Teatro Caupolican, shot and filmed in classic black and white by Banger Films and Sam Dunn (Iron Maiden Flight 666, Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage). Mixed by the band‘s long-time producer Cameron Webb, The Wörld Is Ours - Vol 1 - Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else features classic songs from "Overkill" to "Ace Of Spades" to "Killed By Death" as well as some old gems like "Over The Top" and new favorites such as "I Know How To Die."

    As well as this epic performance, exciting numbers from the shows in Manchester and New York are also included on the triple-disc digipack set, along with a series of extensive, in depth and exclusive interviews with the band, a bonus double live CD of the Chile show (incl. selected tracks from NY & Manchester), plus a superbly photographed booklet documenting life on the road during the tour.

    On January 26th, Motörhead make their return to the U.S. and Canada on the multi-bill festival, Gigantour, with Megadeth, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil.  The tour will begin on Jan. 26th in Camden, NJ and run through Feb. 28th in Denver and will include a stop at The Palace of Auburn Hills on February 9th.

    The World Is Ours Vol. 1 - Everywhere Further Than Everyplace Else
    track listing:

    Santiago, Chile (90-minute concert) + interview (9 minutes):

    1. We Are Motorhead
    2. Stay Clean
    3. Get Back In Line
    4. Metropolis
    5. Over the Top
    6. One Night Stand
    7. Rock Out
    8. The Thousand Names of God
    9. I Got Mine
    10. I Know How to Die
    11. The Chase Is Better Than the Catch
    12. In the Name of Tragedy
    13. Just 'Cos You Got the Power
    14. Going to Brazil
    15. Killed by Death
    16. Ace of Spades
    17. Overkill

    New York (20 minutes) + interview (23 minutes):

    1. Rock Out
    2. TheThousand Names of God
    3. Killed By Death (feat. Doro and Todd Youth)

    Manchester (25 minutes) + interview (12 min):

    1. We Are Motorhead
    2. Stay Clean
    3. Be My Baby
    4. Get Back In Line
    5. I Know How to Die
    6. Born to Raise Hell (feat. Michael Monroe)

  • DIO Tribute record to feature contributions from other Metal greats

    Posted by Jon Rockin Rogo

    The list of artists lined up to honor the late Metal God Ronnie James Dio - solo singer - onetime Black Sabbath and Rainbow frontman is quite impressive.  Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) and Dave Grohl (Nirvana and Foo Fighters) among others.

    Spearheading the project is Dio's widow, Wendy, who was the singer's long time manager up to his untimely death on May 16, 2010, at age 67 after a battle with stomach cancer.

    Wendy Dio is taking a hands-off approach and letting the artists pick what songs they want to do, the way they want to do it.

    Halford will reportedly cover "Long Live Rock 'N' Roll," the title track to Dio's last record with Rainbow, while Grohl is set to tackle "The Mob Rules" the title cut from the second Sabbath album to feature Dio as it's front man.