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  LEGENDS OF ROCK: YARMAGEDDON PART 3
Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth
6th-9th March 2014


Liz Medhurst

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It was that time of year again. A must on the festival calendar, Legends Of Rock, one of the offerings from Classic Rock Tours, is firmly established as four days of partying, excellent musicianship and utter enjoyment.

As is now traditional, there were fifty bands in four days, all playing full sets. This meant wall to wall music from the Glam Rock party on the Thursday night, then the main days where the music starts before midday and goes all the way through until nearly sunrise, resulting in a complete impossibility to see everyone. This is a nice problem to have and much better than the alternative I think.

You just have to work out your own way to last the distance so you can party as much as possible. I have a yoga mat and I'm not afraid to use it...

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Legends Of Rock is a mixture of originals, covers and tributes. It's unusual to cover the latter two here at MetalTalk Towers, but this fits in nicely with the ongoing debate happening in these pages about if all of the classic songs have been written, and how Rock and Metal are going to be carried on to future generations once the originals start leaving us.

This weekend, looking at the range of tribute bands and the audience reactions, it is clear that the music is in no danger of dying out. The songs have a life of their own outside of the original performers, yet the artist's performances were appreciated in their own right – absolutely right as the standard of the musicians here is top class. Plenty of people were inspired to check out the back catalogues of the various bands after hearing their work and that is a Good Thing.

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Yes, tributes and covers are not going to realistically play a part in the creation of rock history but they are part of the evolution of the art form. You don't need to analyse things closely however, just enjoy it – which is pretty much a given here. As Eddie Yates, organiser and all round legend himself, put it: "I love it, it's so much fun, I am a punter once the event starts".

So, from Blues Rock to Power Trios to full-on Metal to Melodic Rock and nightly jam sessions of the highest quality, Yarmageddon really does have something for everyone, all under one roof. And with the standard festival caveat that I can't possibly mention everyone, these are some of the highlights for me...

Friday 7th March
Tarot card of the day: Justice
The balance of equal and opposites. Karma. Alchemy. Aligned to the Egyptian goddess Maat, and Raguel, the archangel of harmony.


First up was Stargazer's Whitesnake set, on at 11.45am, or, in festival world, breakfast time. But it was worth it as these guys are so talented and what's not to love about a heavy dose of Whitesnake before lunch? The standard was duly set with highlights being the likes of Judgement Day and Blindman presented in epic form.

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After this it was the first appearance of the event for Howie G, who may have hit the event record for how many different sets he could appear in – I counted seven in all. This one was with his own Howie G Revue, where the V Lounge received a masterclass in Les Paul performance, while Mama went through the Genesis catalogue next door, heralding the first of many shuttles between rooms to catch clashing sets. Fortunately the rooms are next door to each other with no sound bleed so it was a do-able challenge.

Later that afternoon Pat McManus completely tore up the V Lounge and those who hadn't seen the band before quickly became firm fans. There is something very special about the set of the Irish rocker, the astounding musicianship that kicks a serious groove. Pat introduced us to guitarist Ali Clinton, who was celebrating his eighteenth birthday, and treated us to some blistering twin guitar loveliness to end the set on.

Later that evening another blues rock power trio, Virgil and The Accelerators, generated a massive buzz and had the crowd on their feet. Virgil McMahon won the title of Best Guitarist in the 2013 European Blues Awards, which is a hell of a title to live up to in a park full of prodigious talent. Virgil, like Ali Clinton, made his professional stage debut when he was a young teen, a real affirmation of how the music is getting passed down through the generations. The band are about to release their second album, 'Army Of Three', which is well worth checking out.

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The triple whammy of Towers Of Stone, Walkway and Doors Alive kept the standard at a super-high level. In the case of the latter, they were breathtakingly mesmerising, with perfect renditions of The Doors psychedelic trippiness, which seemed a fitting place to call it a night after the pre-dawn start.

Saturday 8th March
Tarot card of the day: The High Priestess
Intuition, hidden depths. Guards the mystery that lies beyond the veil of the subconscious. The card for poets and writers.


Breakfast today was brought to us by Gallus Cooper. This Alice Cooper tribute is remarkable for the attention to detail, and all of the props were here – nurses, babies, ghouls and of course the UK tour snake. The gallows had to be left behind this time, due to height restrictions on the stage. There was plenty of room on the floor for the ten foot Frankenstein however, who weaved through the audience, prompting cries of "Down in front!"...

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This was an inspired first band on, as Saturday is designated Fancy Dress, and the theatrics and costumes continued off stage through the day with the most eclectic array of costumes including superheroes, Banana Splits, fairies, gorillas, more inflatable guitars than you can shake a stick at and a rock and roll party that takes some beating.

Alix Anthony made his debut with Classic Rock Tours at this event. A seasoned pro with a magic touch, Alix has played and toured with some amazing names in the rock and funk world, and brought his own blend and style to the proceedings with amazing renditions from Hendrix through to funk.

Alix and his band pitched the set list perfectly as the dance floor filled up with many dozens of people abandoning themselves to the groove. It's a delight to experience this sort of stage presence and talent, and I wasn't alone in thinking this. Famed mascot Eddie the Head popped in to get a piece of the action after he had finished doing his thing for Hi-On Maiden next door in the Regency Room. Now we know what he likes when he is off-duty...

"But life's not a wheel, with chains made of steel, so bless me..."

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Stargazer followed this, playing their Deep Purple and Rainbow set. This is a band who don't bother with recreating the look and mannerisms of the originals – a futile task here considering the changes to the line up of both bands – and instead take a selection from the breadth of the material available and simply play it brilliantly, with a touch of magic.

It's difficult to pinpoint exactly where the magic happens - it's located somewhere within the combination of the harmony lines between guitar and keyboards, the pristine vocals, the driving rhythm section, and of course the subject matter. Add to this the energy of the crowd and a band that play from the heart and soul with a clear love of what they do and you have a perfect encapsulation of the essence of this event.

So for me, the intensity and the wow factor of the day had peaked with Alix Anthony and Stargazer, but there was still so much more to enjoy.

Fleetwood Bac always put in a great set, with guitar and drums being provided by current and former Voodoo Six members Matt Pearce and Dave Cavill. After this, Lawless played their debut album 'Rock Savage' in its entirety, demonstrating an impressive merge of Metal and melody.

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With The Buster James Band continuing the party atmosphere with their nitro-injected rock and roll, followed by Sack Sabbath, who are still the only Sabbath tribute that I can listen to, all that remained was Jimi Anderson's Late Night Jam. In a complete stamina fail, I managed to stay awake for the start time and then crashed. Oh well, enough is as good as a feast, more yoga tomorrow...

Sunday 9th March
Tarot Card of the Day – Seven of Fire
Standing up for what you believe in. Accept that you can't please everyone.


Well I firmly believe in happiness and in rock and roll, so Zeus it was, raising the happiness quotient of everyone in the room, packing four hours worth of songs into 90 minutes with the most creative, heavy and fun mash ups.

This led into a good afternoon bout of Prog as Fragile with Claire Hamill went through the Yes catalogue, before Think Floyd took us through a celebration of Pink Floyd's material. I missed the Rush tribute, Bravado, but I am reliably informed that I was a muppet for doing so as they were brilliant.

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Virgil And The Accelerators

Another thing that I firmly believe in is that there is enough success to go round for everyone. Nowhere was this epitomised more than the house band Mega Jam, where 23 members of five bands shared the limelight and played swap the band to great effect, including a mash up of AC/DC and Led Zeppelin led by Persian Risk vocalist Carl Sentance – which they just about got away with.

One of the highlights of the jam was a group of amazing musicians at an event containing many tribute bands, playing a song from an act that that some would regard as a fake band, about a song that isn't quite original but a tribute... is it a brilliant piece of self awareness, or irony, oh I don't know what the fuck it is all I know is that I loved it.

So, featuring Tamás Czemez (vocals) and Gus Mark (lead guitar) from Stargazer, Howie G (acoustic guitar), Mario Ramjhun and Greg Gallagher from Stonefree on bass and drums and Steve Briggs from Stonewire making a special appearance as the devil, here is Tenacious D's 'Tribute':



A band that have stood their ground and developed their own identity is Splintered Soul. Coming towards the end of a weekend filled with great music, the five piece were a revelation with their distinctive brand of Cinematic Metal which was edgy, exciting and immaculately delivered. The songs were complex yet accessible and lead vocalist Erica Mengold has an incredible voice that soars over the Prog-influenced heavy backing.

Also taking a major role in Splintered Soul's unique identity is violinist Sally Jo. Yes, the words "violin" and "Metal" don't always go together, but in this case the blend with the awesomely talented band is a combination that absolutely works to great effect. This is a band that have a real chance of being a major success, and their debut album 'Lore' is eagerly awaited.

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So in the end, the verdict on Yarmageddon is that although there is always room for improvement, it is greater than the sum of its parts. It's a complete no-brainer to attend this event for the fantastic partying, great people, new bands to discover and an immersion in all that is good about rock and Metal. You can't put a price on that.

Next events from Classic Rock Tours:
Rhodes Rock Espana – June 4 to 11 2014, Benalm´dena, Spain
Legends of Rock: The Originals – 16-19 October 2014, Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth
Legends of Rock: Yarmageddon Part 4 – 5-8 March 2015, Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth

See www.classicrocktours.co.uk for full details.


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sabaton SABATON UNVEIL FIRST ALBUM TRAILER FOR 'THE LAST STAND'
The Last Stand is now available to pre-order on Limited edition Double Gatefold coloured vinyl...

led zeppelin LED ZEPPELIN CLEARED OF STEALING RIFF FOR 'STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN'
"I can't actually recall Spirit or anyone playing there with the passing of time. I don't have a recollection of almost anyone I've hung out with."

ripper owens WAS BREAKING NEWS: RIPPER OWENS REFUSED UK ENTRY FOR FRIDAY'S WILDFIRE PERFORMANCE
"Although we are trying everything we are able, we have little hope of changing the minds of such a powerful UK agency."

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF AND JIM STEINMAN GO ALL THE WAY WITH NEW ALBUM: LISTEN TO THE FIRST EPIC TRACK HERE
Screw politics - it never made a positive difference but these two did!!

twisted sister TWISTED SISTER FEATURE IN FIRST METAL MELTDOWN, A NEW SERIES OF CONCERT DVDs ABOUT TO LAUNCH
"This performance captured herein just two months after AJ's death really was about our way to help memorialize the great AJ Pero..."

richie ramone RICHIE RAMONE ANNOUNCES UK AND IRELAND TOUR FOR LATE 2016
"Richie saved the band as far as I'm concerned. He's the greatest thing to happen to the Ramones. He put the spirit back in the band."

tesla TESLA TO RELEASE 'MECHANICAL RESONANCE, LIVE!' AS SUMMER TOUR WITH DEF LEPPARD KICKS OFF
"Making this new live album of 'Mechanical Resonance' was a reminder of the innocence and creative beginnings of Tesla..."

inglorious INGLORIOUS "HIGH AS A KITE" AS SECOND ALBUM GETS UNDERWAY AND DEAD DAISIES AND STEEL PANTHER TOUR DATES APPROACH
"No feeling or buzz I have ever had in my life will compete with that immense feeling of pride and happiness..."

airbourne AIRBOURNE ARE 'BREAKIN' OUTTA HELL' WITH THEIR NEW ALBUM AND HEADLINE TOUR OF AMERICA AND EUROPEAN DATES WITH VOLBEAT
These latest tour dates will only add to their reputation for incendiary live performances – maximum energy, maximum entertainment...

uriah heep URIAH HEEP ANNOUNCE RE-ISSUE OF ALBUMS AND NEW 2016 TOUR DATES
"This time we really let our hair down, if you like! We decided that there would be no restrictions whatsoever."

kiss KISS CAPTURE FULL LIVE EXPERIENCE WITH AUGUST RELEASE OF 'KISS ROCKS VEGAS'
"KaBOOM! We blew up the Joint at The Hard Rock in Vegas like never before. We are very proud of this and know that you will be blown away as well."

aerosmith WAS BREAKING NEWS: STEVEN TYLER ANNOUNCES AEROSMITH FAREWELL TOUR
Stand by for social media to go into overdrive and keep checking MetalTalk as we'll have more news on this when there is some...

yes WAS BREAKING NEWS: JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN REUNITE TO FORM ARW: UK TOUR DATES CONFIRMED
"I'm so excited to create new music and revisit some of the classic work we created many years ago. It's going to be a musical adventure on so many new levels."

marillion MARILLION REVEAL DETAILS OF THEIR NEW ALBUM AND IT'S GOT A VERY NAUGHTY TITLE
"We don't know how many more albums we'll make, or how long we'll live. Everything has to be the best it can be."

frontiers metal festival PRIMAL FEAR, LABYRINTH, VANDEN PLAS, LORDS OF BLACK AND MANY MORE ANNOUNCED FOR FRONTIERS METAL FESTIVAL
The bill is made up of seven international and Italian based bands, all of whom will please fans of the power and progressive Metal genres...

status quo WAS BREAKING NEWS: STATUS QUO GUITARIST RICK PARFITT AIRLIFTED HOME FROM TURKEY
Quo made the decision to carry on with their commitments last week and performed at the Rock On Windermere charity show on Saturday...

ritchie blackmores rainbow WAS BREAKING NEWS: RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW RISES IN LORELEY - SET LIST SPOILERS
After 21 years Ritchie Blackmore returns from medieval times to astound Loreley at Monsters Of Rock...

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF "RESPONSIVE AND WELL" AFTER COLLAPSING ON STAGE LAST NIGHT
"He extends his heartfelt thanks for everyone's support and well wishes, and is expecting a speedy and full recovery..."

foo fighters FOO FIGHTERS SUING BRITISH INSURANCE COMPANIES OVER CANCELLED GIGS
Central to Foo Fighters' complaint is that three of those 53 shows were intended to be "make-up shows" for fans...

status quo WAS BREAKING NEWS: STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE 'AQUOSTIC II - ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD' PLUS HUGE BBC HYDE PARK SHOW
Status Quo have announced the release of a second acoustic album following the success of the original 'Aquostic' release in August 2014...

meat loaf MEAT LOAF AND JIM STEINMAN REUNITE: NEW ALBUM OUT IN SEPTEMBER
At around the same time that Meat Loaf collapsed on stage in Edmonton, Canada last night, it was announced that the new album is recorded and ready for release...

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF COLLAPSES ON STAGE IN CANADA
Meat, real name Marvin Lee Aday, is 68-years-old and is one of the most successful recording artists of all time...

deep purple WAS BREAKING NEWS: DEEP PURPLE DRUMMER IAN PAICE SUFFERS A STROKE IN SWEDEN; MISSES PURPLE GIGS FOR THE FIRST SINCE SINCE 1968 FORMATION
"To all the people who were expecting to see Deep Purple in Sweden and Denmark this week I would like to let you know the reason the shows were not possible..."

metaltalk t shirts THIS SUMMER'S MOST SIGNIFICANT METAL FASHION ITEMS ARE HERE
The great news is that now, after many, many requests, we finally have MetalTalk t-shirts available for you...

status quo WAS BREAKING NEWS: RICK PARFITT OF STATUS QUO SUFFERS HEART ATTACK AFTER TURKEY GIG
Rick is being treated in a hospital in Turkey and whilst his condition is serious, he has already demanded his customary cup of tea with two sugars and a sweetener...

maiden IRON MAIDEN PART COMPANY WITH ED FORCE ONE: SEE BRUCE SAY "GOODBYE" ON VIDEO HERE
"I'll miss the big bird but the show must go on and it certainly will."

grave digger GRAVE DIGGER ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
"We'll present a huge and intensive Metal package live on tour, as well as on our album. 36 years of Grave Digger – Metal is alive. Forever!"

lounge kittens THE LOUNGE KITTENS RELEASE THEIR VERSION OF AC/DC's 'DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP'
"The album doesn't come out till September and frankly, we're bored of keeping it all a secret. So we thought right, time to make some more videos..."

john otway OTWAY IN THE PARK: JOHN OTWAY JOINS LINE-UP OF CHICHESTER'S PRIORY PARK FESTIVAL
John Otway's addition to the bill confirms this eclectic new festival's place as a must-go-to-event...

queen QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT TO PLAY THAILAND FOR THE FIRST TIME
This is part of Queen's Asia tour which also includes two shows in Tokyo, the show at the F1 Grand Prix in Singapore and three more Asian cities which will be announced shortly...

hrh prog HRH PROG 5 ANNOUNCE MORE BANDS
Atomic Rooster reform and join Hawkwind, Wishbone Ash, John Lees BJH, Pendragon, IQ and more at HRH Prog 5...

orphaned land kobi fahri ORPHANED LAND'S KOBI FAHRI REVEALS SIDE PROJECT CONCEPT ALBUM 'KNA’AN' & EUROPEAN TOURING PLANS
Orphaned Land celebrate their 25th anniversary with a tour that includes Russian-Chinese and Middle Eastern Metal...

as lions AS LIONS GEARING UP FOR FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH USA TOUR
The London five-piece will be bringing their explosive live show on a huge US arena jaunt alongside Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown and Sixx:A.M during October and November...

bitches sin BITCHES SIN TO RELEASE BOTH VERSIONS OF 'INVADERS' AS ONE PACKAGE, 'ULTIMATE INVADERS'
The original ten track album went on to become a NWOBHM classic, so much so that back in their own country GI Records also released another version of it in 1988...

paradise lost PARADISE LOST SIGN WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
"It's pretty incredible to see how the label has become a real force in metal music over the years and now, in a new chapter for the band, it's exciting for Paradise Lost to be a part of Nuclear Blast!"

heart HEART TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN JULY - METALLICA'S JAMES HETFIELD MAKES GUEST APPEARANCE
"James just took the song on, and what he added was perfect with a bite and a rock accent."

crucified barbara CRUCIFIED BARBARA SADLY CALL IT A DAY
The Swedish rockers earned themselves a healthy reputation for providing ballsy rocking live shows and have toured with such legends as Motörhead, Clutch and Girlschool...

motorhead saxon SAXON WITH PHIL CAMPBELL AND MIKKEY DEE PAY TRIBUTE TO LEMMY AT METAL HAMMER'S GOLDEN GODS AT HAMMERSMITH ODEON
Lemmy, creator and leader of Motörhead, was paid tribute to in fine style tonight by comrades whose respect he had unconditionally earned...

amon amarth AMON AMARTH VIKING CRUSADE TO TOUR UK AND IRELAND THIS AUTUMN WITH TESTAMENT AND GRAND MAGUS ON THE BILL
"We are bringing our berserker party to a town near you and we hope to see you there so you can 'Raise Your Horns' together with us to glory!"

download festival IRON MAIDEN DRUMMER NICKO McBRAIN: "BRUCE DICKINSON IS MY HERO"
"I mean, just listen to the performance of 'Death Or Glory'. You know, that's just a little bit of what he gives in these live shows. And we're all having such a great time."

eric clapton ERIC CLAPTON SUFFERING FROM INCURABLE DAMAGE TO HIS NERVOUS SYSTEM AND IS STRUGGLING TO PLAY GUITAR
"I've had quite a lot of pain over the last year. And I've had to figure out how to deal with some other things from getting old..."

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD DAY TO BE CELEBRATED IN LONDON IN JULY
"20th July has been chosen as it was their first date at the Roundhouse in 1975, hence the venue in Camden..."

sabaton SABATON RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'THE LOST BATTALION', FIRST SINGLE FROM 'THE LAST STAND'
'The Lost Battalion' is the name given to nine companies of the United States' 77th Division during the battle of the Argonne in 1918...

fields of nephilim FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM REVISIT 'ELIZIUM' AT THE SUMMER SOLSTICE SHOW
Fields Of The Nephilim revisit their most iconic album for the first time since its release...

ben ash acm CARCASS'S BEN ASH JOINS ACM LONDON'S TEACHING FACULTY
The Academy of Contemporary Music is extremely excited to bring its unique brand of education to London...

exodus EXODUS ANNOUNCED FOR 'BATTLE OF THE BAYS' UK SHOWS WITH OBITUARY
"We can't wait to see you all in the pit on such an epic, heavy tour!! Look out Europe you've been warned..."

twilight TWILIGHT FORCE TO RELEASE 'HEROES OF MIGHTY MAGIC' ON AUGUST 26th
"While we are still staying true to the essence of Power Metal, the songs, sounds and magic adventures have all evolved from the once drake hatchling into a colossal arcane arch-dragon..."

dark funeral DARK FUNERAL ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR
Dark Funeral will go on the road with their label comrades Krisiun and Deserted Fear...

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK'S FIRST M2TM FINALS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The bill for the August spectacular is starting to fill up as quality fresh blood joins the line up from the Metal 2 The Masses finals...

wakrat RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE BASSIST SIGNS WAKRAT TO EARACHE RECORDS
"We have put a shit load of blood and sweat into this and we want it back! Our mission is to attack modern music and smash the grid. Unapologetic, unrelenting, unbridled and uncensored..."

alter bridge ALTER BRIDGE SIGN WITH NAPALM RECORDS
"We are very excited to see what the future brings and look forward to reconnecting with our fans in 2016..."

wolf hoffman WOLF HOFFMANN RELEASES 'SCHERZO' – THE FIRST SINGLE FROM 'HEADBANGERS SYMPHONY'
"I have always incorporated classical music in my songwriting with Accept, especially with 'Metal Heart', but I constantly felt there was so much more that I could do..."

barb wire dolls BARB WIRE DOLLS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'DESPERATE' OUT ON 22nd JULY 2016
The album is released via Motörhead Music. After seeing Barb Wire Dolls live, Lemmy took an immediate interest in the band and placed them under his supportive wing...

epica powerwolf EPICA AND POWERWOLF ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR: LONDON TICKETS ON SALE NOW
"I really can't wait to be back on the road again and to see the music, the energy and our lovely fans become one. Until then!"

rock am ring BLACK SABBATH ROCK AM RING PERFORMANCE CANCELLED AFTER LIGHTNING STRIKES
Festival organizers vowed to resume the open-air event but local authorities revoked their license in the interests of fan safety...

queen and adam lambert QUEEN AND ADAM LAMBERT AT ROCK IN RIO, LISBON: PROFESSIONAL VIDEO FOOTAGE ONLINE HERE
"There's never going to be another and I'm not replacing him. That's not what I'm doing..."

ac dc AC/DC GO DOWN A STORM AS THEY STRAT THEIR STUFF IN LONDON
"Axl was amazing! His voice was incredible and he commanded the stage; plus they came on fifteen minutes earlier than scheduled!"

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN RELEASE OFFICIAL PERFORMANCE VIDEO FOR 'DEATH OR GLORY'
"He came over before we started recording and we wrote 'Speed Of Light' and 'Death Or Glory'."

alestorm ALESTORM SIGN NEW CONTRACT WITH NAPALM RECORDS... IN RUM
"Unfortunately we only had white rum left (all the good stuff had already been drunk), so our signatures are invisible. We'll leave that one to the lawyers to sort out."

ac dc AC/DC ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED US TOUR DATES
"This band has got a ton of energy and you're going to see a fusion of all that terrific chemistry that we have felt ever since rehearsals in Lisbon..."

ricky warwick RICKY WARWICK & THE FIGHTING HEARTS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
"We can't wait to get back out there and play a full length set and I am delighted that my old friends Vice Squad will be special guests..."

johnny rotten JOHNNY ROTTEN: "I WAS BANNED FROM THE BBC FOR SPEAKING OUT AGAINST JIMMY SAVILE SEX CRIMES."
"If you said anything you'd be off playlists, but that didn't bother me as I was doing a good job of that independently..."

bad company WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAD COMPANY ANNOUNCE THE SWAN SONG UK TOUR WITH THREE ORIGINAL MEMBERS
"Returning to the UK with Bad Company where it all began 40 plus years ago is full circle for the band and the fans. It's always a pleasure to play in the UK."

saxon WAS BREAKING NEWS: SAXON ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH FASTWAY AND GIRLSCHOOL
"I think this line-up is unique, you don't wanna miss it. Looking forward to battering some halls... Welcome to the Metal church!"

dead daisies WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE UK FESTIVAL HEADLINE APPEARANCE AND DEBUT US HEADLINE GIG
"We have had some amazing bands perform at Planet Rockstock over the years and the Dead Daisies are right up there with the best of them."

wildfire festival WAS BREAKING NEWS: WILDFIRE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE THE HORRORFLY STAGE
"For those that often think we don't do heavy, the latest additions should change that perception..."

sabaton SABATON AND ACCEPT ANNOUNCE FIRST DATES OF 'THE LAST TOUR'
"'The Last Tour' will be the biggest and best tour of Sabaton ever. It is the tour we have been looking forward to do for all these years!"

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE FIRST DATES OF THE FINAL BATTLE FAREWELL TOUR
The tour promises to be monstrous in terms of both number of dates and production and the first nine dates will be in Germany beginning on Novermber 24th 2017...

pink floyd PINK FLOYD POSTAGE STAMPS UNVEILED TO COMMEMORATE FIFTY YEARS OF THE BAND
The stamps are available to pre-order on the Post Office website and will be physically available in 8,000 UK post offices...

the tubes THE TUBES ANNOUNCE 'MONDO PULP' UK TOUR FOR OCTOBER
"I embrace my British heritage; the beer and the fish and chips and the best rock and roll fans in the world..."

fear factory FEAR FACTORY ANNOUNCE INTIMATE BLOODSTOCK WARM-UP SHOW IN BRIGHTON
This performance will precede their highly anticipated appearance at renowned Catton Park based metal festival...

sinsaedum JOEY JORDISON AND DRAGONFORCE'S FRED LECLERCQ REVEAL NEW BAND, SINSAENUM
"Joey Jordison sent me an SMS to ask what I was up to, so I told him about those death Metal songs..."

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