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3rd March 2017


We are absolutely delighted to announce that in the winter of 2017, two of the UK's pioneering AOR bands, Lionheart and Airrace, will hit the road together for a full UK co-headline tour which includes stops in Cardiff, Woverhampton, London, Sheffield, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

These shows will mark the first time Lionheart have toured the UK since their triumphant return to the stage in 2016. It also marks Airrace's first tour since their return from hiatus. Both bands will be playing sets featuring cuts from their classic 'Hot Tonight' and 'Shaft Of Light' albums as well as promising a few new numbers which will not disappoint.

Former Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton of Lionheart exclusively spoke to us about the forthcoming tour, saying:

"At the moment it still feels like a dream. I keep thinking 'is this really happening after all these years?' After being with Iron Maiden for two years and recording the first album and working on the follow up, 'Killers', we formed Lionheart. After Lionheart broke up I played with Praying Mantis for fifteen years and I never thought we would get the chance to re-live our past.

"I've seen Laurie [Mansworth – Airrace guitarist] many times in Italy as I've been playing there for the past twelve years doing Iron Maiden conventions, but touring together again after the Def Leppard tour we did together in the 80s is just so exciting. Bring it on!"


Laurie Mansworth, axe man of Airrace added:

"I am delighted that Airrace are touring again and these show are going to be a blast. I toured with Dennis, Rocky and Steve back in the 80s and have very fond memories of our time on the road together, and they are also some of the UK's finest musicians. It's a great double bill and I really hope rock fans up and down the UK will come and share a fun night of classic songs with us."

With former and current members of Iron Maiden, UFO, The Michael Schenker Group, Shy, The Treatment and More all on the same stage this tour promises to be one hell of a show. Don't miss your chance to revisit the golden era of 80s rock with two of the UK's greatest AOR bands.

Tickets for the tour go on sale from Monday 6th March from all the usual vendors.


You can see Airrace and Lionheart live here:
Thursday 30th November: Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff
Friday 1st December: Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Saturday 2nd December: Camden Underworld, London
Sunday 3rd December: HRH AOR, O2 Academy, Sheffield
Tuesday 5th December: The Cluny, Newcastle
Wednesday 6th December: Bannerman’s, Edinburgh

Airrace are:
Adam Payne – Vocals
Laurie Mansworth – Guitar
Rocky Newton – Bass Guitar
Linda Kelsey Foster – Keyboards
Dhani Mansworth – Drums

Lionheart are:
Lee Small – Vocals
Dennis Stratton – Guitar
Steve Mann – Guitar
Rocky Newton – Bass Guitar
Clive Edwards – Drums

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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