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  MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS

THE SWEET: LIVE AT THE MARQUEE 1986 PLUS INTERVIEW WITH ANDY SCOTT


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The Sweet were one of the most successful glam rock bands of the seventies with thirteen Top Twenty hit singles to their name and later became a major influence on the American hard rock scene of the mid eighties.

The Sweet disbanded in 1981 after singer Brain Connolly left the band for a solo career. Guitarist Andy Scott reformed the band five years later with original drummer Mick Tucker and they were joined on vocals by Iron Maiden's first ever singer Paul Mario Day, Phil Lanzon (later of Uriah Heep) and Mal McNulty (more recently seen in Slade).

This live album was recorded at the legendary Marquee Club in London's Wardour Street over three hot n' sweaty nights.

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The band are on fine form, as are the audience who can be heard loud and clear. Most of the tracks on this album are self penned numbers including many gems from the 'Sweet... Fanny Adams' album.

Familiar numbers such as 'Action' and 'Fox On The Run' are real belters whilst 'Love Is Like Oxygen' is drawn out into a rocking progathon.

Originally released in a different cover on vinyl many moons ago this new release has now been bolstered by two extra tracks recorded on the night in the gender swinging 'AC/DC' and the old B-Side favourite 'Burn On The Flame' available for the first time ever.

A fascinating insight into a forgotten era of the band.

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MetalTalk's Mark Taylor recently got on the phone to speak to Sweet's long standing guitarist Andy Scott at his studio in Wiltshire.

Hi Andy, you've just released 'Live At The Marquee 1986'; what are your memories of those nights?

"Yes, well we never had played at the Marquee Club, but I used to be a regular at the venue and I got to know the people down there like the owner Jack Barrie, although I had played there with my own band the Elastic Band and after the Sweet with Paddy Goes To Holyhead but the offer was there so I said to Mick Tucker 'Come on, this place is moving soon so we better get a move on', so Jack got back to me and offered us three nights in midweek and we sold them all out which made us enough money to film the shows for a video and to make the live album."

That footage is great, the singer was Paul Mario Day who was the original singer in Iron Maiden.

"Yes he was the original singer in the band, there was Phil Lanzon who was in a band called Grand Prix at the time, Mal McNulty who was in a band called Weapon who I was producing at the time and he had a great high range voice which was like a third above a normal singer and he could play bass as well but we got him in for his voice and there was Mick Tucker and I. We were hoping that Steve Priest would come back into the band, but he didn't at the time."



Did you see many bands at the Marquee as a punter, because it was such a great venue.

"Yes I did. I'd often bump into the guys from Status Quo and various other bands just hanging out. There was a VIP area where you could see the bands through the glass but I was also producing around the time and I was always hanging out to see if anyone was worth doing anything with which is where I got involved with Weapon and I produced a band called Stinky Pete who I nicknamed The Jocks. That was a great time around then."

You recently released the album 'New York Connection' where you re-recorded old Sweet favourites and mixed them with modern day pop songs. It worked extremely well. Where did the idea for that come from?

"Well, we wanted to do a studio album and I was feeling tortured as a writer where it would've taken me an age, so we started to fiddle around with a couple of tracks and my son who is a DJ started playing around with a loop and he put in the Who's 'Join Together' and it sounded fantastic so I put the idea to the rest of the band and then we got cracking on it.

"Then we got asked to appear on a German TV show and we wanted to play something new and they said sure as long as we did some of the hits as well so we put in 'Join Together' and they loved it and asked 'Where can we buy it?' and we thought 'well, you can't!' so we got on with it and we did 'New York Groove' with 'Empire State' and once we got into and we knew it had to sound like Sweet with all the harmonies so we started to throw a lot of the old stuff in as well. It's brilliant"



It is a great album. I often play it at home when I have guests around and I don't tell them who it is at first, and they are always amazed when I tell them it's The Sweet.

"Yeah, a lot of people have said to me they listen to it when go exercising."

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You've also recently released a brand new live recording of the 'Sweet... Fanny Adams' album. Why was that?

"We had a guy in Germany who said many bands are doing live shows of their classic albums like Lou Reed and Love which had gone well. We didn't do the whole of the album every night because we didn't want it to be 'showbiz', but we did three tours for that and I will let you into a little secret here. We lifted the live album from all three tours but it shows what a great timer our drummer is."

The original studio album is rightly regarded as a classic and has become a major influence on the American hard rock glam scene especially Motley Crue, and when they did 'Kickstart My Heart' you must have thought 'Hang on a minute, I've heard that riff before somewhere.'?

"Oh! The Hellraiser riff you mean! You know when they were touring and I was in Sweden at the time and the guys in the band Europe called me up and said 'You've got to come to this gig at the Globe and see how Motley Cure start their show, because they had seen the show the night before in Gothenburg and they said to me that I must come along as I will be amazed and that we were not going to be hanging around in the bar and I must be sitting in my seat right from the start.

"Well first there was this short introduction film followed by the soundtrack of the 'Stripper' music and then that riff that went into 'Kickstart My Heart' and that was exactly how we used to start our show. I though 'Wow!' It was mind blowing."



Chinn and Chapman wrote some of your biggest selling songs including songs such as 'Ballroom Blitz' and 'Blockbuster'. I believe one song they offered you first was 'Dynamite' which was a massive hit for Mud. Did you ever record a version of that song? Is there a version hiding somewhere in the vaults?

"At the time we wanted another 'Blockbuster' or 'Hellraiser' type of song so they offered us 'Dynamite', but for some reason it just didn't feel right, it felt like a step backwards, so they come back with 'Teenage Rampage' which was more like it and they were at one of our gigs at the Rainbow and they heard the kids going 'We want Sweet... We want Sweet' so we added that to it and gave it a more manly feel. We never did record a version of 'Dynamite', no."

There's a fantastic clip I often watch on YouTube of the Sweet doing a live version of 'The Sixteens'. Do you remember from what show that was recorded?

"Yes that was absolutely live... I think it was Geordie Scene up in Newcastle, but I'm not sure."



You're touring again later this year later with Slade, but once again you're not doing London?

"Oh no, I'm a bit miffed about that; I'm not sure why that is. On previous tours we have done the Palladuim and the Fairfield Halls, but it gets to me, but we may get with Slade or something on our own and hopefully do somewhere like the Shepherds Bush Empire."

Def Leppard had a big hit with a version of 'Action'. Is there any other cover versions of Sweet songs you like?

Yes I do like the Leppard version very much, that was quite startling and rewarding. I interviewed Joe Elliott once about ten years ago on my radio show and he was more than gushing which I really liked. One that does spring to mind is Biff Byford's Saxon's version of 'Set Me Free'.



You played at the Sweden Rock Festival this year, how was that?

"Yes, we have played there a few times but this year the promoter asked us to play on the opening night, Wednesday, and I wasn't too sure about it, but he assured me that if he could could put the right band on it would give him the right audience and even though Kiss were playing on the Friday we still pulled about 10,000 people to the show... It was fantastic."

Steve Priest has got his version of the Sweet in the States, how is your relationship with him these days?

"I don't think there is much any more is there? I just don't know why, if I could understand why he came out off the woodwork to do that then I would most probably have a different head on here but I don't and the few of the few things he said do not sit well with me."

What are the legalities? Can you tour the USA yourself?

"Well, I have trademarks and all kinds of stuff in Europe. It's something that I would've done with him if he had come back into the band, but I don't think there was ever any intention with him on wanting to get back in the band when I was getting the band back together in the 80s, so why come out of the woodwork now when your 61 years of age in 2008/09 and think that the world will just open up say 'My God, Steve Priest is back', you know, that ship has sailed, it's not easy out there, I mean I've been now touring first with Mick and now on my own since 91 for like 28 years and it counts for something."

Sadly we have lost Brian Connolly and Mick Tucker. When you have a quiet moment to yourself, are there any memories of them that put a smile on your face?

"Always, they were the two chick magnets, there's a lot of things I could tell you about them but I won't! Brian used to have us in hysterics half the time. I think that he is a great loss. I think he lost it a little bit as the band musically progressed. It was our manager that pointed it out that he wasn't on our level any more, he was much better when the pop singles were being bandied around like song's such as 'Blockbuster'. He wanted to carry on what he had always done like shaking hands with the girls down the front. We wanted him to muscle up a little like a Roger Daltrey kind of thing."

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What has been the proudest moment for you in the history of The Sweet?

"When I was being nominated for an Ivor Norvello award for 'Love Is Like Oxygen'. When I listen to it on the radio though I do think it could've been done a little bit better on the mix."



You've been playing Rock Against Cancer, a charity festival, can you tell us a little bit more about that?

"Johnny, a mate of mine, works for Paul McCartney, he is his sound engineer on stage, and we couldn't believe it, we both got diagnosed with prostate cancer in the same year and we thought 'Blimey, this is it' and we had been talking to the landlord of this field for two years before saying he should have this festival.

"So from the original idea, once we got the health and safety etc sorted and through Johnny's connections we got Brain May with Kerry Ellis, Mike and the Mechanics, SAS Band with Tom Robinson and Midge Ure and Madeline Bell and it was really good, so for this year we thought we better top it so we got in Roger Taylor, Kiki Dee, Dr Feelgood, 10CC, Georgie Fame and Roger Taylor brought along Jeff Beck all in this tiny field in Wiltshire behind a pub!"

Will this be a yearly event now?

"Yes it will be, thankfully both Johnny and I have both been given the all clear. For the first year the money raised was given to places like where we had been treated but this year we gave half of it to the Teenage Cancer Trust and the other half to the place where we got treated in Bristol."

What advice can you give to anyone who may find themselves in a similar situation?

"Well for me, if you have any kind of feeling that something isn't quite right, then go straight away and do something about it. It doesn't take long to get a quick PSA test. Because it's kind of slow a yearly check is good to do."

You have sold millions and travelled the world over, who is most famous person in the world you have met?

"Depends on how you look at it; when I was in The Elastic Band we supported Jimi Hendrix up in a Northern club, I think we went down better than him because I don't think the audience knew what to make of him at the time.

"I've shared tables with Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. In the Drake Hotel in New York once my manager was good friends with Tony Bennett and one day I was walking out and my manager said 'Oi Andy come here'... So I popped my head around the corner and Tony Bennett said 'Hi' and this other voice is the corner said 'So what you having? A Scotch?' I looked over and it was Frank Sinatra."




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lucifers friend ROCK LEGENDS LUCIFER'S FRIEND TO RELEASE NEW BEST OF COMPILATION PLUS BONUS DISC WITH FOUR NEW TRACKS
The founder members have re-formed and will be taking their influential and ground-breaking original sound to fans old and new...

symphony x SYMPHONY X ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 'UNDERWORLD' OUT IN JULY
The album is a flowing, total experience Inspired by Dante and secret knowledge. "There's cool shit like this all over the record..."

chris squire CHRIS SQUIRE TO UNDERGO TREATMENT FOR LEUKEMIA
Chris will be receiving treatment in his hometown of Phoenix over the next few months...

sepultura SEPULTURA ANNOUNCE TWO UK AND IRELAND SHOWS THIS AUGUST
Brazil's most successful Metal band are making additional stops after Bloodstock...

download AT THE GATES CONFIRMED TO PLAY AT DOWNLOAD
The Swedish Melodic Death Metallers can also be seen across Europe, South America and Australia...

magic bus 3CD COMPLIATION 'MAGIC BUS' IS RELEASED ON UNIVERSAL RECORDS
Take a trip and relive the hippie trail with this mystical compilation bringing together the best of the era...

bruce dickinson BREAKING NEWS: BRUCE DICKINSON GIVEN ALL CLEAR AFTER CANCER SCARE
Absolutely brilliant news this Friday afternoon - Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson has been given the all clear...

the edge THE EDGE GOES OVER THE EDGE ON U2'S OPENING NIGHT
This is karma's way of saying don't make your new album a compulsory free download on iTunes...

gus g GUS G ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO ALBUM 'BRAND NEW REVOLUTION'
"It's a continuation of the modern hard rock style I followed on my 1st album, although I think this one's a bit heavier..."

mac sabbath MAC SABBATH, THE CHEESIEST AND BEEFIEST BAND IN THE WORLD TO DRIVE THRU THE UK
These mind-blowing sets are guaranteed to leave you satisfied...

pearl handled revolver PEARL HANDLED REVOLVER RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'ABSINTHE IN ADELAIDE'
This stunning psychedelic new track is the first taste of the new studio album to be released later this year...

billy idol BILLY IDOL RELEASES VIDEO FOR 'SAVE ME NOW'
The dramatic promo was filmed in the Californian desert...

beth hart BETH HART ANNOUNCES LONDON'S UNION CHAPEL SOLO CONCERT
Beth will play solo in the UK for the first time ever - tickets for this unmissable show are on sale from Friday 15th May...

vintage trouble THE NEW ALBUM FROM VINTAGE TROUBLE IS SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE ON AUGUST 14
'1 Hopeful Rd.' is available for pre-order now. The band open for AC/DC in Europe this summer...

joe satriani JOE SATRIANI ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 'SHOCKWAVE SUPERNOVA'
Satch releases a wildly ambitious album, showcasing his extroverted alter ego...

helloween HRH 9 ANNOUNCES HELLOWEEN FOR NOVEMBER
Fans will get a chance to see this rare UK performance surrounded with the customary HRH community back drop...

glenn hughes GLENN HUGHES, THE VOICE OF ROCK, RETURNS FOR EURO DATES
Glenn has announced a month long string of dates across western Europe which will run from mid September to mid October...

anvil ANVIL RETURN TO UK FOR SUMMER TOUR
Canadian Heavy Metal legends return to the UK for four dates in July...

vardis VARDIS SPEED BACK AT '200MPH' WITH FIRST NEW MATERIAL AND LONDON DATE IN 30 YEARS
Hoplite Records proudly announce the first new Vardis release since 1986...

ron wood GIBSON TO LAUNCH RON WOOD SIGNATURE GUITAR
Not all vintage guitars were first built in the 1950s...

art of anarchy ART OF ANARCHY STREAM ALBUM SONG SNIPPETS
Their debut self-titled album will be in stores and online June 8th 2015...

paradise lost PARADISE LOST LAUNCH VIDEO FOR 'BENEATH BROKEN EARTH'
"Doing a performance video with our miserable, old faces barely moving in a crappy, old basement was too much to resist..."

between the buried and me BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME PREMIERE EXCLUSIVE CLIP FROM 'MAKING OF COMA ECLIPTIC' DVD
'Coma Ecliptic' is available for pre-order from Metal Blade with special bundles and packages offered...

marilyn manson MARILYN MANSON UNVEILS NEW VIDEO FOR 'THE MEPHISTOPHELES OF LOS ANGELES'
Marilyn Manson will play live across Europe this summer, including an appearance at Download in the UK...

enter shikari ENTER SHIKARI RELEASE 'TORN APART', THE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO
The band can be seen at a string of summer shows and festivals across Europe...

death angel DEATH ANGEL TO RELEASE 'A THRASHUMENTARY' DVD AND LIVE ALBUM
"This is the first time that the band in its current lineup has been able to collectively sit down, and tell the story of how Death Angel came to be..."

dan reed DAN REED NETWORK UK TOUR ANNOUNCED
Dan Reed was very excited to announce the six dates and said that "this would be a funky good time warp indeed"...

wildhearts THE WILDHEARTS TO CELEBRATE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF 'P.H.U.Q' WITH UK TOUR
It's twenty years since the album went straight in at Number 6 on the national UK album charts...

arch enemy ARCH ENEMY LAUNCH VIDEO FOR 'STOLEN LIFE (2015 VERSION'
This brand-new version of the song that was originally released on the 2014 album, 'War Eternal'...

whitesnake WHITESNAKE RELEASE NEW 'SOLDIER OF FORTUNE' VIDEO
"It's a tribute. A homage. It's a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago..."

acid reign ACID REIGN ANNOUNCE NEW LINE-UP
"It's not a reformation, it's a reboot!" Howard 'H' Smith...

ac dc AC/DC KICK OFF EUROPEAN TOUR IN ARNHEM: VIDEOS AND SETLIST HERE: WARNING - CONTAINS BIG SPOILERS
The set list running order differed slightly from the show they played at the Coachella Festival...

craig gruber ORIGINAL RAINBOW BASSIST CRAIG GRUBER PASSES AWAY AGED 64
Craig Gruber's career in music took off in 1974 when he joined Elf, the band fronted by Ronnie James Dio...

rev jones REV JONES SLATES DON DOKKEN, MARK BOALS AND THE HAIR CLUB FOR MEN
"...normally I would have hit him in the face but I didn't want to knock that really bad fucking wig off his head..."

venom VADER ANNOUNCE UK EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL SET THIS SEPTEMBER SUPPORTING VENOM INC
Death Metal legends Vader released the "absolute heaviest" studio album of their career last year, according to frontman Peter W...

status quo STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE UK WINTER TOUR
Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Andy Bown, John 'Rhino Edwards and Leon Cave will plug back in and bring their thunderous electric live show back to the nation's venues...

borknagar BORKNAGAR WORKING ON NEW STUDIO ALBUM
The original Borknagar vocalist Kristoffer Rygg (aka Garm/Fiery G Maelstrom/Trixter G) has already recorded vocals for two songs...

wasp W.A.S.P. ANNOUNCE TEN DATE TOUR OF UK AND IRELAND IN SEPTEMBER
W.A.S.P. have announced a ten date tour of the UK and Ireland to promote their highly anticipated and long awaited new album 'Golgotha'...

dew scented DEW-SCENTED TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'INTERMINATION' ON 12th JUNE
The German/Dutch thrash commandos have finished recording their third full length studio release for Metal Blade...

joe lynn turner JOE LYNN TURNER SAYS RAINBOW REUNION IS "PROBABLE"
"We are talking, but we have not sat in the same room yet to discuss anything..."

new england EXCLUSIVE: NEW ENGLAND - AOR LEGENDS RELEASE FIRST NEW MATERIAL IN 33 YEARS
This will be the first brand new material from New England in decades...

black sabbath OZZY OSBOURNE CONFIRMS THAT BLACK SABBATH WILL RETIRE AFTER 2016 FAREWELL TOUR
"The plan is that next year we'll do the final Black Sabbath tour and then it's over..."

motorhead MOTORHEAD ANNOUNCE FIRST BATCH OF DATES FOR EU TOUR WITH SAXON AND GIRLSCHOOL
This year is Motorhead's 40th anniversary and we always knew that a big tour would take place...

michael schenker MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK ANNOUNCE JANUARY 2016 UK TOUR
Schenker will perform tracks from 'Spirit On A Mission' plus all the MSG, UFO and Scorpions rock classics...

venom MANTAS, ABADDON AND DEMOLITION MAN REUNITE TO CREATE VENOM INC: TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
...now there is a second Venom on the circuit...

kamelot KAMELOT PREMIERE MUSIC VIDEO OF 'INSOMNIA' FROM UPCOMING ALBUM 'HAVEN'
It's time to step into the cinematic, epic and emotionally dynamic world of Haven. Check it out here...

the darkness THE DARKNESS LAUNCH NEW VIDEO FOR 'OPEN FIRE'
The Darkness have announced details of the first single from their forthcoming fourth album 'Last Of Our Kind'...

doro pesch DORO ANNOUNCES UK TOUR THIS NOVEMBER AND LIVE DVD
Internationally renowned rock and Heavy Metal legend Doro Pesch has just announced a run of three UK shows this November...

epica DUTCH SYMPHONIC METAL STARS EPICA ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH SWISS FOLK METALERS ELUVEITIE
"Both bands bring their unique flavour to Metal and are known as top live acts, so we are certain that every single night is going to be one to remember..."

cradle of filth CRADLE OF FILTH UNVEIL THE COVER ARTWORK FOR 'HAMMER OF THE WITCHES'
"...themes rife with heady witchcraft, be it persecution, retribution or unfettered spiritual liberation..."

heidevolk MARK BOCKTING AND RAEMON BLOEM DEPART HEIDEVOLK
Heidevolk, Mark and Reamon have all made statements which you can read in full here...

phil rudd AC/DC DRUMMER PHIL RUDD PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG POSSESSION AND THREATENING TO KILL CHARGES
Phil remained silent in court except when asked to enter his plea and also refused to answer questions as he left the courthouse...

inglorious EXCLUSIVE: INGLORIOUS RELEASE VIDEO OF 'FOOL FOR YOUR LOVIN'' AHEAD OF LONDON HIPPODROME SHOWCASE
The video was recorded completely live and recorded and mixed by Steve Rispin at Liscombe Park Studios...

majesty GUITARIST TRISTAN VISSER LEAVES MAJESTY
The split appears to be amicable and without bad blood. Tristan has left to pursue a solo career...

uriah heep JUDAS PRIEST AND URIAH HEEP MEMBERS IN ALL-STAR METALWORKS JAM AT DAVEY RIMMER'S WEDDING
Other guests included all the members of Uriah Heep plus numerous faces from the London scene...

alestorm BREAKING NEWS: GUITARIST DANI EVANS LEAVES ALESTORM
"I hold nothing but respect for the guys and there is no bad blood between us..."

ozzy osbourne BREAKING NEWS: OZZY OSBOURNE HITS BACK AT BILL WARD: "BE HONEST WITH BLACK SABBATH FANS"
"Deep down inside you knew you weren't capable of doing the album and a 16 month tour..."

kiss KISS ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR MAY/JUNE 2015
"Prepare yourself for the greatest show on earth as Kiss are coming to OWN Europe..."

bill ward BILL WARD POSTS LONG STATEMENT ON HIS FEELINGS ABOUT BLACK SABBATH CONTINUING WITHOUT HIM
"The continuing misguided information about me has established a necessity on my part to confront these issues..."

origins of iron ORIGINS OF IRON: AN ALBUM FULL OF EX-IRON MAIDEN MEMBERS AND THEIR MUSIC
After the success of the highly rated encyclopaedic book, 'Outside Iron Maiden' the author and organisers hatched a plan...

giants of rock MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK TO HEADLINE GIANTS OF ROCK FESTIVAL 2016
Other acts already confirmed are Wishbone Ash featuring Andy Powell plus two of the finest bands to ever come out of Dunfermline...

aerosmith AEROSMITH BLUE ARMY TOUR 2015 SUMMER TREK TO KICK OFF JUNE 13th
Following their wildly successful and acclaimed 2014 Let Rock Rule tour, Aerosmith will return to the road June 13th...

accept ACCEPT ANNOUNCE NEW GUITARIST AND DRUMMER AND POST NEW VIDEO CLIP
Looking back on 2014, it was the best year in the band's career so far...

bernie torme BERNIE TORME ANNOUNCES 'BLACKHEART' NEW ALBUM AND TOUR SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 2015
"We did a storming little UK tour end of last year following the release of the 'Flowers & Dirt' album and I really caught the bug to play live again..."

behemoth BEHEMOTH RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'MESSE NOIR' WITH PRODUCER ZEV DEANS
The combination of visual and auditory elements could not be more ideal...

conan CONAN ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE TOUR IN JUNE
""As we gear up to record the follow up to 'Blood Eagle', we welcome you to join us on our only run of UK shows in 2015..."

muskel rock MUSKEL ROCK ANNOUNCES SPECIAL HEADLINERS
Let Them Eat Metal On Metal because there's Thunder On The Tundra at this year's Muskel Rock Festival in Sweden...

primus PRIMUS ANNOUNCE 'AN EVENING WITH PRIMUS' JUNE UK DATES
Primus are set to return to the UK for the first time since 2012 for three special shows...

babymetal BABYMETAL TO FINALLY RELEASE SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM IN UK VIA earMUSIC
Babymetal are a divisive phenomena in the Metal world today...

ac/dc AC/DC OPEN ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR WITH SURPRISE SETLIST INCLUSIONS: WARNING - CONTAINS SPOILERS
The Rock Or Bust world tour resumes on April 17th during Coachella's second weekend before the band hit Europe in May...

six feet under SIX FEET UNDER ALL SET TO RELEASE THEIR ELEVENTH STUDIO ALBUM 'CRYPT OF THE DEVIL'
The band's eleventh studio recording boasts ten murderous slabs of audio repugnance...

gwar METAL BLADE TO RE-ISSUE GWAR's 'AMERICA MUST BE DESTROYED'
'America Must Be Destroyed' is definitely their "heaviest" album. The hardest vocals, and the hardest music...

twisted sister BREAKING NEWS: TWISTED SISTER ANNOUNCE AJ PERO TRIBUTE CONCERT, FAREWELL TOUR AND AJ'S REPLACEMENT
"Dee Snider and the boys made the decision last month to call it quits - just one week before drummer AJ Pero died from a heart attack."

skyclad MARTIN WALKYIER GOES SKYCLAD ANNOUNCED AS BEERMAGEDDON SATURDAY NIGHT HEADLINER
"Once again we will witness Skyclad in it's true glory, as intended from conception, the Skyclad that impacted Metal like no incarnation since..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN CATALOGUE NOW MASTERED FOR ITUNES
"I honestly feel that there is a massive improvement in the quality of these classic albums..."

skid row JOHNNY SOLINGER LEAVES SKID ROW; REPLACEMENT NAMED ALREADY
"We had a lot of great times together and created a lot of great music. We wish him nothing but the best."

sos festival SOS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SIX MORE BANDS
Skarlett Riot, The Raven Age, 13 Stars, Heartbreak Remedy, Liz Owen & Charlotte Hackett are added to the loaded bill this July...

megadeth ANGRA GUITARIST KIKO LOUREIRO JOINS MEGADETH
He will be Megadeth's tenth guitarist in the band's thirty year history and he replaces the departed Chris Broderick...

odium CANADA'S ODIUM ISSUE STUDIO UPDATE AND OFFER FREE SONG DOWNLOAD
As the album comes together in the studio, Odium have no plans to slow down on the live performance front...

videscape VIDESCAPE IS THE NEW WAY FOR MUSICIANS TO MAKE MORE MONEY FROM VIDEOS AND AUDIO
VidEscape is perhaps not a site many musicians and bands are familiar with but all that could change in the coming months...

van halen VAN HALEN SHUT DOWN HOLLYWOOD BLVD FOR SPECIAL JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE PERFORMANCE
The band performed a forty five minute set to fans who were given free tickets to attend the outdoor event...

status quo STATUS QUO TO ROCK ROCHESTER CASTLE FOR A RECORD FIFTH TIME
The Quo will perform at the picturesque Norman castle grounds on Wednesday July 15th with support from Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel...

skarlett riot SKARLETT RIOT ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
Dubbed the 'We Will Rise' Tour to promote their new EP, 'We Are The Brave', the band will be joined on the trek by The Raven Age...

whitesnake BREAKING NEWS: DEF LEPPARD/WHITESNAKE/BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCE DECEMBER UK TOUR
Tickets go on sale at 10.00am on 1st April from Live Nation UK with pre-sale and VIP ticketing information coming soon...

doro DORO CONFIRMED FOR ROCK IN RIO AND ANNOUNCES HUGE EUROPEAN TOUR
"This is amazing and a dream coming true. I think that we might also play my hymn 'All We Are'."...

evil scarecrow EVIL SCARECROW SET OFF FOR 'ROAD TO DOWNLOAD' TOUR
Grab the chance to catch the Nottingham maestros of Metal around the UK before their appearance at Download...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN TO RECEIVE O2 SILVER CLEF AWARD
The iconic band have won the Outstanding Contribution To UK Music category...

thunder THUNDER APPEAR ON WEEKEND WOGAN BBC RADIO SHOW
Thunder's new album 'Wonder Days' went straight into the Top Ten of the UK album charts and they have just completed a highly successful UK tour...

aj pero BANDMATES AND STARS PAY TRIBUTE TO TWISTED SISTER AND ADRENALINE MOB DRUMMER AJ PERO
Pero was on tour with Adrenaline Mob when members of that band were unable to rouse him on their bus on Friday morning...

red dragon cartel RED DRAGON CARTEL NAME MICHAEL THOMAS BECK IN LEAD VOCALIST CHANGE UP
Darren James Smith is out, and a new era begins. The saga continues...

walls of jericho WALLS OF JERICHO ARE ENTERING THE STUDIO
The band will start work shortly on their first full length album since 2008...

beyond forgotton shores DORMANT INFERNO & DIONYSUS ANNOUNCE SPLIT RELEASE 'BEYOND FORGOTTEN SHORES'
India's Transcending Obscurity label produces a Doom Metal double...

icon I.C.O.N SIGN TO METALBOX RECORDINGS
With a follow up album to 'New Born Lie' on the way and an extensive touring schedule, 2015 sees I.C.O.N in full flow...

soldierfield SOLDIERFIELD RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'THE ONLY WAR'
The video is from the latest acclaimed release 'Catharsis'...

serpentine SERPENTINE ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF THEIR ALBUM 'CIRCLE OF KNIVES'
The new studio album contains ten brand new songs from the melodic rock quintet...

styx STYX RELEASE 'LIVE AT THE ORLEANS ARENA LAS VEGAS'
The definitive live show is available on DVD, CD, Blu-ray and digital formats...

mike porcaro MIKE PORCARO OF TOTO DEAD AT 59
The rock world was shook again on Sunday morning, March 15th 2015...

sick of it all SICK OF IT ALL LAUNCH NEW VIDEO FOR 'GET BRONX'
"This video serves to show people across the world that as gritty and unpretentious as hardcore music is, it still translates to the big stage and doesn't need a tiny, intimate atmosphere to work..."

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT LAUNCHES 'THE WHEEL'S TURNING' LYRIC VIDEO
"In contrast to the primal and gothic nature of much of the album, 'The Wheel's Turning' has a fun and nostalgic vibe..."

corbitt WARBEAST'S BRUCE CORBITT ISSUES UPDATE FOLLOWING HIS HEART SCARE
Bruce has been undergoing tests and has an important message to share...

enter shikari ENTER SHIKARI ANNOUNCE INTIMATE DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL WARM-UP SHOW
Catch the band at Bristol in June before their slot headlining Download's second stage...

serpentyne MEDIEVAL FOLK ROCKERS SERPENTYNE UNLEASH NEW VIDEO FOR 'VALKYRIES'
Over the last few years their live show has become quite the spectacle...

tank TANK REVEAL ALBUM ARTWORK FOR 'VALLEY OF TEARS'
"He's injected so much new energy and inspiration into the band since joining us in 2013..."

mike portnoy MIKE PORTNOY IN MEGA "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM" MOMENT AFTER HAVING TO WAIT AT HOSPITAL
However well intended, the post comes across as though he is expecting to jump the queue due to his "status"...

david gilmour DAVID GILMOUR ANNOUNCES 2015 SHOWS
The dates will coincide with the release of his as yet untitled fourth solo studio album...


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