Swedish metal heroes Sabaton have revealed their special guests for the UK and European leg of their upcoming "TOUR TO END ALL TOURS". Japanese dance metal sensation Babymetal will appear as very special guests, marking their first international shows in over three years. Finnish Eurovision winners Lordi will open all shows.
"We are extremely happy to welcome Babymetal to our already much anticipated tour in Europe 2023," says bass player Pär Sundström. “The energy and power of this band will for sure make each night something special."
“If there ever was a band that would break all the rules, it’s Babymetal with the power and precision to deliver a full on heavy metal show!” echoes frontman Joakim Brodén. “It’s not our first rodeo together, expect nothing but excellence from Babymetal!”
Joakim participated as a guest on “Oh! MAJINAI (feat. Joakim Brodén)" on Babymetal’s third album "Metal Galaxy" released October 11th, 2018. He also made a guest appearance at Babymetal’s headline show in October 2018, at Japan's extra show DARK NIGHT CARNIVAL.
SABATON - THE TOUR TO END ALL TOURS
Special Guest: BABYMETAL
Tickets for the UK shows will be on sale from 10am Friday 21st October here:
Iron Maiden will be bringing a new tour to Europe in the Summer of 2023 including arena shows in the UK & Ireland. THE FUTURE PAST TOUR will feature previously unperformed songs from the band’s most recent studio album, Senjutsu, along with a focus on 1986’s iconic Somewhere In Time record, plus other classic cuts.
Dates are as below. Tickets go on sale from Friday 14th October at 9am via LiveNation.co.uk. As always there will be an exclusive pre-sale for Iron Maiden fanclub members.
Says founder member and bassist Steve Harris,
“Following the release of our latest album, Senjutsu, we updated the current Legacy of the Beast Tour a little by opening the show with the first three songs from it, with the Japanese Palace stage set. As it doesn’t make a lot of sense to repeat this for a Senjutsu album tour, we thought about other options and we’ve decided to revisit Somewhere In Time as that tour didn’t feature in the various retrospective history tours we’ve played over the years. They were based on our 80’s concert videos and sadly we did not film that tour (blame the manager!!). We have had lots of requests from fans over the years for many tracks on it so we are now going to play them, plus of course a few others we know you will like! It will also be particularly satisfying to finally get to play some of the more epic tracks on Senjutsu, it's been a long wait! 2023 is going to be an exciting time and we’re really looking forward to seeing everyone again in the UK, Ireland and around Europe”.
Manager, Rod Smallwood adds
“This combination of the two albums we feel is very exciting. We know fans want to hear those epic cuts on Senjutsu for the first time live and we think that by combining it with an iconic album like Somewhere In Time it will make for another really special tour for fans old and new! Of course, for a new album tour in Europe and the UK we will go back largely to the relative intimacy of arenas and we know fans will be very happy about that too!”
The band are currently in North America in the final stages of their spectacular Legacy Of The Beast World Tour, interrupted for two years by Covid with many shows rescheduled twice. The tour actually started in Tallin, Estonia in May 2018, the first of 139 shows in 33 countries. By the last show in Tampa, Florida on Oct 27 this year the band will have played to over THREE MILLION fans on this epic world tour.
Support on the UK & Ireland tour will be announced at a later date. The shows are:
JUN 24 3 ARENA, DUBLIN IRELAND
JUN 26 OVO HYDRO, GLASGOW SCOTLAND
JUN 28 FIRST DIRECT ARENA, LEEDS ENGLAND
JUN 30 AO ARENA, MANCHESTER ENGLAND
JUL 03 MOTORPOINT ARENA, NOTTINGHAM ENGLAND
JUL 04 UTILITA ARENA, BIRMINGHAM ENGLAND
JUL 07 O2 ARENA, LONDON ENGLAND
Other European shows also announced today are:
JUN 13 TAURON ARENA, KRAKOW POLAND
JUN 19 HALLENSTADION, ZURICH SWITZERLAND
JUL 11 ZIGGO DOME, AMSTERDAM THE NETHERLANDS
JUL 13 SPORTPALEIS, ANTWERP BELGIUM
JUL 15 THE RETURN OF THE GODS FESTIVAL, MILAN ITALY
A previously announced headline performance at the August 2023 W.O.A Festival in Wacken, Germany sold out in record time.
Further dates for THE FUTURE PAST TOUR will be announced later. Keep up to date here www.ironmaiden.com
As in previous years there will be the opportunity to enjoy the Trooper VIP experience at many of the venues. Watch out for local details.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter Ozzy Osbourne will perform at halftime of the Los Angeles Rams season opener on Thursday, September 8th at SoFi Stadium. The performance comes on the eve of the release of Osbourne’s new 'Patient Number 9' album out September 9 on Epic Records.
To kick off the 2022 season, the Los Angeles Rams will host the Buffalo Bills in the Rams’ first game at SoFi Stadium since winning Super Bowl LVI in February. The game will be presented nationally on NBC, Peacock and Universo at 5:20 PM PT/8:20 PM ET. Tickets are available at www.therams.com/tickets.
Fans in the stadium will be treated to a multi-song medley from Osbourne while viewers at home will see a portion of the performance on NBC and Peacock during halftime.
The new album marks the first release since Osbourne’s critically acclaimed, worldwide, chart-topping 2020 album 'Ordinary Man'. Produced by Andrew Watt (who handled the same duties on 'Ordinary Man'), the new album marks Osbourne’s 13th solo studio album. It’s heavy, it’s hard-hitting, it’s historic--it’s everything you’d want from an Ozzy Osbourne record and maybe more. Working with producer Watt for the second time, Ozzy welcomed dynamic A-list featured guests.
For the first time ever, Black Sabbath co-founder, guitarist, and riff-master Tony Iommi appears on an Ozzy solo album. The record also boasts guitarists Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, and longstanding righthand man and six-string beast Zakk Wylde who plays on the majority of the tracks. For the bulk of the album, Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers held down drums, while the late Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters appears on three songs. Old friend and one-time OZZY band member Robert Trujillo of Metallica plays bass on most of the album’s tracks, with Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Chris Chaney of Jane’s Addiction supplying bass on a few songs.
The 31. Wacken Open Air is in the books. At the world’s biggest metal festival, 83.400 fans witnessed spectacular shows by Judas Priest, Slipknot and Powerwolf. In total, more than 200 bands rocked nine stages, Sweden’s Amon Amarth even played an unannounced secret concert right underneath the famous Wacken skull.
The joy of finally being able to experience live music and a multi-faceted open air event with like-minded people from all over the world could be felt everywhere. Festival promoters Holger Hübner and Thomas Jensen commented: "The Wacken Open Air is back – finally! We missed the festival as much as the fans did. Now we’re very much looking forward to next year’s edition, which will offer four full days of live concerts for the first time. Tickets go on sale this Sunday evening.“
At a press conference held during the afternoon, police, fire department and emergency medical services as well as the local regulatory authority looked back on an exceptionally peaceful and trouble-free event. The number of occurrences in their respective fields all stayed below of those from 2019. For example, the number of times the fire brigade had to jump into action only was in the lower double digits, the number of cases for the police dropped by 60 percent.
Bands confirmed for 2023, four days of live music for the first time. A first glimpse of next year’s billing was announced on the main stages during the night. W:O:A 2023 will take place Aug 2-5, making it the first time the festival officially boasts four days of live music.
Headlining the event will be the mighty Iron Maiden: There is not a single metalhead that doesn’t know them. And it’s hard to think of a band that has defined classic heavy metal as much as they have. So consequently, there might very well be no band that is a better fit for the "holy ground of metal“. So in 2023, Iron Maiden will return to headline at the Wacken Open Air for the fourth time! So get ready for impressive production, a passionate performance, amazing music and of course Eddie! It has been seven long years since those iconic words have been heard: "Scream for me, Wacken!“
Also announced have been Megadeth from the USA, who are considered worldwide as originators of Thrash Metal and being part of the "Big 4“ of the genre. Also playing will be Irish-American folk-punks Dropkick Murphys and Jinjer from the Ukraine, one of the hottest bands in modern metal today. Two Steps From Hell, a duo from Los Angeles, have amassed millions of followers with their brand of „Epic Music“, used in thousands of movies, trailers, series, spots and games, turning them into the biggest in their field. At the W:O:A, their first festival ever and only festival in Europe in 2023, they will perform a special and unique Wacken set. Fans can look forward to doom pioneers Pentagram and their „50th Anniversary Show“, while death metallers Deicide will celebrate their genre shaping sophomore album "Legion“ with a special show as well. More announcements are: Wardruna (atmospheric Nordic folk), Beartooth (hardcore), Ensiferum (Viking metal), Nervosa (thrash), and Burning Witches (heavy metal). More bands to be follow.
In 2023, there will be once again a theme running through the whole festival: vikings and their culture. This will manifest itself in the overall appearance of the W:O:A as well performances and additional content all over the festival site.
Pre-sale has begun,
Tickets for Wacken Open Air 2023 are now on sale at metaltix.com. Fast-Tickets are sold with an exclusive special shirt, but are limited to 10.000 units. As soon as they are gone, Hard-Tickets go on sale. Pre-sale details can be found at metaltix.com and, starting Sunday, at wacken.com.
Metalheads that move fast could even get their hands on a real Harley Davidson motorcycle! Everybody purchasing a W:O:A ticket within the first 24 hours of the pre-sale starting is automatically entered eligible to win the this totally unique bike which has been customized with a high-class W:O:A paint job.
See you in Wacken. Rain or shine.
British Lion announce that the following UK headline club & pub shows have now been confirmed for November / December 2021:
Support act for the tour is Airforce, except for Dover where it will be Wicked Stone*. There will be no support in London**
Tickets are on-sale now and available from www.britishlionuk.com. Tickets for Hornchurch - There is no online facility to purchase tickets for the show in Hornchurch, so these will be available for purchase at the venue from Saturday 23rd October.
British Lion would like to thank their agent for the exceptional work in putting together this tour at such short notice and are delighted that they will be able to play some shows this year.
As the band hasn’t performed a headline tour in the UK since 2019, these dates will be the first opportunity for fans to see them playing tracks from their second album The Burning released by Warner Music (and by Explorer1 Music in the US) in January 2020, including Bible Black for which a new video was recently released https://youtu.be/Poxpg5hF4PM
The undisputed queen of metal Doro hosted the first metal drive-in show last week! Hundreds of her fans celebrated her famous hits including 'Für Immer', 'Love Me In Black' and 'All For Metal'. During the 'All We Are' encore, she climbed down from the stage and sang for fans at their cars whilst they flashed their lights and honked their horns.
"Over the last few weeks I've really missed my fans and also my band. The drive-in show has been a real unique experience and career highlight for me. It feels great to rock out together again. Hopefully, we can soon enjoy normal shows again as well."
Watch the show here: youtu.be/_PpHjFzx8-I
One and a half years after the release of her extremely successful double album Forever Warriors, Forever United, Doro has already started working on material for a new album.
"Since February, I've been back in the studio in the USA. There are some pretty awesome things happening in these writing sessions", Doro reveals.
But fans will be pleased to hear that they don't have to wait for the album release to hear some of the new music Doro has been working on as she plans to release her new single, 'Brickwall' digitally on June 26th 2020 and on vinyl on July 31st 2020.
"Brickwall is a harbinger for the upcoming album that will be released in 2021. I want to give my fans a taste of what it's going to be like - and the song also fits quite well with these dark times. The lyrics are about unbreakable, unconditional love for a person in deep trouble. Even though it isn't always easy to deal with that person, you still do everything to support them and get through the dark times side by side - even if you literally have to tear down walls."
'Brickwall' was recorded in Hamburg with Andreas Bruhn (Ex-The Sisters Of Mercy) and will also be available on gold and silver 7" vinyl, limited to 300 copies each.
"The b-side will feature a great live version of 'Soldier Of Metal'. The song was recorded during our recent Forever Warriors tour in winter, where the song was celebrated by the fans every single evening. It's supposed to help fans remember the feeling of a live show and raise anticipation for the next tour, that can hopefully start this autumn."
Pre-add / pre-save the single digitally: nblast.de/DoroBrickwallPreSave
Pre-order the vinyl here: nblast.de/Doro-Brickwall
If you tuned into Planet Rock Radio this morning, you’ll have been amongst the first to hear Bloodstock’s hotly anticipated news, revealing the final two Ronnie James Dio main stage headliners for 2020’s event. Devin Townsend was announced as Friday night’s headliner last month. Without further ado…
Metal legends Judas Priest will headline Sunday night. In a year when Bloodstock celebrates 20 years, we can think of no better place to also celebrate Judas Priest’s 50 Heavy Metal Years! The Grammy Award-winning British icons were recently nominated again for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and to date have sold over 50 million albums. Their latest release, 2018’s ‘Firepower’, saw the band return all guns blazing, earning the accolade Best British Album at the Planet Rock Awards. Judas Priest enthuse:-
“Horns up Bloodstock - the Priest is back to headline the 20th year of Bloodstock with our 50 Heavy Metal Years anniversary show!! A double barrel, once in a lifetime, blast of metal mania 2020....!!”
You can watch a special message from the inimitable Rob Halford at: https://youtu.be/2VJIsrJf_Mc.
The mighty Behemoth are set to headline Saturday in a UK festival exclusive for 2020. Having wowed fans across the globe with their phenomenal set on both Slayer’s final US tour and Slipknot’s current Knotfest Roadshow, the Polish metal heavyweights will be upping the stakes by bringing their biggest and best production to date. Don’t miss the spectacle of them closing out the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Saturday night!
Charismatic frontman Nergal tells us:-
“Bloodstock! The hallowed lands of Catton Park will once again host our Fiendish Festivities. This is Behemoth’s first UK festival headline and that will be celebrated in the only way we know how; Hell will be raised, blood will be shed, and magick will descend! We shall see you there Legions!”
Hear it straight from Behemoth themselves at: https://youtu.be/oe_1eQyZpXY.
BLOODSTOCK will be headlined on Friday by DEVIN TOWNSEND and also welcomes PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, SKINDRED, PARADISE LOST, LIFE OF AGONY, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, DIAMOND HEAD, JINJER, VIO-LENCE, SACRED REICH, GLORYHAMMER, DARK TRANQUILITY, and BUTCHER BABIES so far. Many more bands performing over the weekend will be announced in due course.
Discounted Early Bird tickets, VIP tickets, child tickets and car parking tickets for 2020’s event are available now at the ticket store. Campervan tickets for 2020 are already sold out.
BLOODSTOCK 2020 takes place at Catton Park, Derbyshire from 6th-9th August 2020. For more info, click to www.bloodstock.uk.com.
Mongolian rock / metal group The HU announce 23 European summer tour dates throughout June and July, including 6 UK dates, for the first time ever. The tour coincides with the upcoming international release of their debut album The Gereg, slated for summer 2019.
Bringing their unique style of Mongolian rock to the masses, The HU will be making their worldwide debut this June during a run of summer festivals in Europe. Swapping the Altai Moutains and Gobi Desert for High rises and down pours, their European summer tour will include, Sama’Rock Festival and Eurockeennes De Belfort Festival (France), Download Festival (UK), Tons of Rock Festival (Norway) and Graspop Festival (Belgium), plus UK performances in Brighton, Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow and London.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 3rd May and can be purchased from the band’s official website, HERE.
The four-piece band combines traditional Mongolian instruments with modern American hard rock to create their own style of music they call “hunnu rock,” which derives from “HU,” the Mongolian root word for human beings. This unique sound blends heavy rock elements with traditional Mongolian guttural throat singing, accentuated by lyrics reflecting old Mongolian war cries and poetry.
You can watch the band’s EPK HERE.
The HU became an online sensation when they released music videos for “Wolf Totem” and “Yuve Yuve Yu” in December 2018, racking up a combined 24 million views to date. They, re-released the singles on March 29, generating incredible global recognition across the globe. The track, “Wolf Totem” reached Top 5 on the iTunes Rock Chart and was featured as the #1 song on 19 different charts, while “Yuve Yuve Yu” reached #2 on 11 different charts across the globe. Both tracks are available digitally HERE.
In April, the band were offered Official Mongolian Ambassador to the World by the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Mongolia, whilst he congratulated them on their success.
The HU also celebrate their signing to E7M (Eleven Seven Music) – home to Mötley Crüe, Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach and Nothing More.
Eleven Seven’s COO, Steve Kline said about the signing:-
“Eleven Seven is continuously searching for unique and talented artists. The Hu’s mix of traditional Mongolian instrumentation and original brand of rock is unlike any other band. From first listen, we were immediately blown away. The Hu are about to take the world by storm, and we could not be more excited to welcome them to the Eleven Seven family!”
Eleven Seven Label Group Managing Director Europe Dan Waite added to Kline’s comments:-
“The Hu will perform in 12 European countries in June and July, playing to hundreds of thousands of festival fans this summer. With 2 tracks in the UK iTunes genre top 10 currently this is perfect timing to satisfy the demand to see the band. The excitement building up reflects the compelling blend of music and Mongolian culture”.
The HU said:-
"We couldn’t be more excited to join the amazing team at E7M. The passion they have for The HU can be felt from New York to Mongolia and we’re excited to do great things together.”
THE HU EUROPEAN TOUR 2019
Thursday, 6 Berlin GERMANY Sage
Friday, 7 Nurnberg GERMANY Rock Im Park
Saturday, 8 Eifel, Nurnburg GERMANY Rock Am Ring
Sunday, 9 Amiens FRANCE Sama'Rock Festival
Tuesday, 11 Brighton UK The Haunt
Wednesday, 12 Manchester UK Academy 3
Friday, 14 Glasgow UK G2
Saturday, 15 Donington UK Download Festival
Monday, 17 Bristol UK Fleece
Tuesday, 18 London UK Underworld
Wednesday, 19 Paris FRANCE Nouveau Casino
Friday, 21 Dessel BELGIUM Graspop Festival
Sunday, 23 Varniai LITHUANIA Kilkim Zaibu
Monday, 24 Warsaw POLAND Hydrozagadka
Wednesday, 26 Copenhagen DENMARK Pumpehuset
Thursday, 27 Stockholm SWEDEN Debaser Strand
Friday, 28 Oslo NORWAY Tons of Rock
Sunday, 30 Hamburg GERMANY Knust
Monday, 1 Amsterdam NETHERLANDS Melkweg (Oude Zaal)
Tuesday, 2 Cologne GERMANY Luxor
Thursday, 4 Belfort FRANCE Eurockeennes De Belfort Festival
Friday, 5 Zurich SWITZERLAND Moods
Saturday, 6 Cesky Brod CZECH REPUBLIC Rock for People
Founded in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the HU members Gala, Jaya, Temka, and Enkush, with their producer, Dashka, combine the bombastic bass and drums of rock music with traditional Mongolian instrumentation like the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumur Khuur (jaw harp) and guttural throating singing. Since the formation of the band, they’ve been working on their first album, The Gereg. The term Gereg means the first diplomatic “passport” issued by the Mongol Empire during the time of Genghis Khan. The album contains nine songs, including the recently released “Yuve Yuve Yu” and “Wolf Totem,” and is slated for release in 2019 on Eleven Seven Music.
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Next month, Finnish heavy metallers Battle Beast will unleash their fifth studio album 'No More Hollywood Endings', on March 22, 2019 through Nuclear Blast Records. Their new tracks will also be presented live on the world's stages. Kicking off in their home country (with one show already sold out!), the route will lead the group all across Europe in April & May. Watch the brand new tour trailer, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSB62di6iPs
Battle Beast - 'No More Hollywood Endings European Tour 2019' w/ Cyhra, Arion, Tyrantti
22.03. FIN Helsinki - Black Box
23.03. FIN Turku - Logomo
29.03. FIN Tampere - Pakkahuone *SOLD OUT*
30.03. FIN Oulu - Club Teatria
w/ ARION - Presented by Metal Hammer, EMP, metal.de, Rock It!, piranha, Start
02.04. D Bielefeld - Forum
03.04. D Leipzig - Hellraiser
04.04. PL Warsaw - Proxima
05.04. PL Krakow - Klub Kwadrat
07.04. PL Poznan - u Bazyla
08.04. D Berlin - Lido
10.04. D Bochum - Zeche
11.04. D Saarbrücken - Garage
12.04. D Nuremberg - Hirsch
13.04. D Mannheim - Delta Metal Meeting
14.04. A Vienna - Szene
16.04. CH Pratteln - Z7
17.04. I Milan - Legend Club
18.04. F Lyon - Ninkasi Kao
19.04. E Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
20.04. E Madrid - But
21.04. E Sevilla - Custom
23.04. P Lisbon - Lisboa ao Vivo
25.04. E Bilbao - Santana 27
26.04. F Toulouse - Le Connexion
27.04. F Clermont-Ferrand - La Coopérative de Mai
28.04. F Paris - Le Trabendo
30.04. UK London - The Dome
01.05. NL Leiden - Gebr. De Nobel
03.05. D Munich - Backstage
04.05. D Stuttgart -Im Wizemann
05.05. B Vosselaar - Biebob
07.05. D Hanover - MusikZentrum
08.05. D Hamburg - Markthalle
09.05. DK Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
10.05. S Gothenburg - Pustervik
11.05. S Stockholm - Klubben
12.05. N Oslo - Parkteatret
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