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20th July 2017

ross the boss

Ross The Boss has been making big waves this year and that is sll set to continue as his own solo outfit head for Wacken in just two weeks' time, hot on the heels of a major European tour and prime US dates.

For the band's upcoming three New Jersey/New York area shows - July 28th in Clifton, NJ, July 29th in Queens, NY, and July 30th in Long Branch, NJ - and the August 3rd appearance at the massive Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany, drummer Kenny 'Rhino' Earl will be stepping aside, and will be replaced by Ross' nephew, Lance Barnewold.

Ross told us:

"We - the Ross the Boss Band - are sad that Brother Rhino cannot be with us, and we wish him all the best. Now we have my amazing nephew, Lance Barnewold, to pound the drums into oblivion!"

Ross The Boss Band have an album of all-new material coming soon, via AFM Records but before that, The Hall Of Heavy Metal History have joined forces with Wacken Open Air for a special ceremony inducting Ross as 'Global Metal Ambassador'.

The ceremony will take place on the Main Stage at Wacken on Thursday August 3rd 2017 in front of 75,000 Metal fans.

Joining Ross on stage for the Induction Ceremony will be various Wacken Open Air officials and AFM Records executives. Whitney Alyson Ribbins of and Steve Göldby of, both Nominating Committee Members for the Hall Of Heavy Metal History, will officiate the Induction Ceremony.

Remaining 2017 tour dates:
July 28th: Dingbatz, Clifton, NJ USA
July 29th: Blackthorn 51, Queens, NY USA
July 30th: Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ USA
August 3rd: Wacken Open Air, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

judas priest


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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