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11th October 2011

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Those good people at Monsters Of Rock Cruise have announced the final line-up for the cruise, which will begin in Fort Lauderdale, FL, sailing from February 25th to 28th 2012 aboard the MSC Poesia, destination Nassau, Bahamas and Key West.

The initial lineup was announced in June with Tesla, Cinderella, Kix, Stryper, Y&T, Lynch Mob, Firehouse, Faster Pussycat, Eric Martin from Mr Big, John Corabi, Black 'n' Blue, Keel, Bang Tango, and Sunset Strip Rockers XYZ, with Big John from VH1's Rock Of Love and Eddie Trunk from VH1's That Metal Show.

The organisers have now revealed the final performers and have given us a lowdown of each. Read on...

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"And now the final performers...

First up... This band has a tie to Guns N' Roses... Most people don't know it, but when these LA rockers were playing the Coconut Teaser, Axl Rose was in the audience, saw them perform, and went back to GnR's label and told them to sign them ASAP! Another label won out the battle.... and 'One Night Stand' hit the airwaves via the Warner Brothers label.

Please welcome Rhino Bucket to the cruise!!

These AC/DC style rockers will bring their gritty rock to the MOR cruise with a couple of surprises! Joining Georg Dolivo onstage performing 'One Night Stand', 'Blood On The Cross' and 'Ride With Yourself'... why that's Brian Forsythe from Kix on guitar, Simon Wright (former AC/DC and DIO) on drums, along with Reeves Downes on bass!

Let's get mellow for a moment... OK... not too mellow, but enjoy some Latin rhythms crossed with classic hard rock songs...

MOR cruisers please meet FLAMETAL!!

Ben Woods takes an interesting twist to songs by Ozzy, Rainbow and Iron Maiden... We will let the music do the talkin' on this one! Ben combines his wealth of talent of flamenco guitar with his love of Heavy Metal and the outcome is original... check it out Flametal will be doing performances at the pre-cruise party as well as onboard the MOR cruise... Enjoy!

Next up, our travels take us north, and we had to cross into Canada for this one! These rockers were early Heavy Metal favorites of MTV. Currently these Canadian stars are doing dates with Anvil in Europe and knocking it out of the park!

Please welcome, all the way from Toronto, Canada... HELIX!!

Brian Vollmer (Vox) and his band have toured the world with the likes of Kiss, Alice Cooper, Motley Crue, Whitesnake and Motorhead over the past 30 years and have had hits like 'Heavy Metal Love' and 'Rock You'. They even made an appearance on cult favorite Trailer Park Boys, 'The Big Dirty' motion picture in 2009.

You know we couldn't leave it there, so in true Classic and Current fashion.... Welcome the reunited ODIN!!

These guys ruled the Sunset Strip... Randy O and the boys set the bar on how to Rock in LA in the mid 80s. Odin released 'Don't Take No For An Answer' and, of course, were a main feature in the film, 'The Decline of the Western Civilization... The Metal Years'. Recently they rocked the Sunset Strip again... killing it at the Whiskey!!

Fast-forward to today... Welcome DC4 to the stage!!

The Brothers Duncan (from Odin) formed a new band with former DIO guitarist Rowan Robertson!! DC4's aggressive style will bring a modern edge to our High Seas bash! If you get a chance check them out @

PS... We will be doing a screening of 'The Decline Of Western Civilization... The Metal Years' during the MOR Cruise!!

All that music... I think we are going to need another ringleader to help make announcements and maybe DJ some music...

Entering the arena... Please welcome LUC CARL!!

LUC spins the music of this era everyday on Sirius /XM's HAIR NATION channel. Luc brings a lot to the table for an emcee/DJ... kind of a renaissance man of rock! Daily you might find Luc on XM's Hair Nation, or running a nightclub, or just running! Seriously running. This guy is not only a long distance runner, but also a certified trainer! Luc ties all these experiences up in his soon to be released book 'The Drunk Diet' and we are hoping for some demos on the ship!!

And finally...

These guys were actually one of the first bands we wanted, but were in the middle of one of this summer's hottest selling tours. You can always Rock in America with these Damn Yankees...


Not only will Jack Blades, Kelly Keagy, Brad Gillis, and Joel Hoekstra bring their monster songs like 'Don't Tell Me You Love Me', 'When You Close Your Eyes', 'You Can Still Rock In America', and the power ballad 'Sister Christian'... They will also be doing a special acoustic performance, and maybe a surprise song or two as well!

All right! There is the OFFICIAL 2012 Monsters of Rock Cruise Artist Lineup... Hope you like what we have created...

Enjoy the Experience!"


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