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17th August 2017


Weapon recently returned to Scream Studios, Croydon and recorded their version of Thin Lizzy's 'The Rocker', as well as re-recording their 1980 hit, 'Set The Stage Alight'. These are the first recordings with the new rhythm section of Tony Forsythe and Darren Lee.

The recordings were produced by Weapon, engineered by Rob Coma and mixed by Andy Reilly at Muse Studios, Atlanta, Georgia, who was also responsible for the Weapon's 2014 critically acclaimed album 'Rising From The Ashes'. Mastering was done by Steve Mann (MSG/Lionheart).

'The Rocker'/'Set The Stage Alight 2017' will be released on Thursday 28th September and will be available through all the usual digital stores.

Meanwhile, writing has begun for the new album and recording will begin, again at Scream Studios, on completion of the tour dates with a predicted release of March 2018...


Weapon head back out on the road in September and October, hitting Norway, UK and Sweden. Dates are as follows:

Friday 15th September: Edvarts Nye Pub, Sarsborg, Norway
Saturday 16th September: Edvarts Nye Pub, Sarsborg, Norway
Thursday 28th September: The Cavern, Raynes Park, London
Saturday 30th September: The Craufurd Arms, Wolverton, Milton Keynes
Sunday 1st October: Grimm Up North Rock & Metal Festival 2017, Town Hall, Bury
Thursday 26th October: Sweden - venue tbc
Friday 27th October: Stockholm - venue tbc
Saturday 28th October: Bomber Bar, Motala, Sweden

Grimm Up North on 1st October is in aid of Steve Grimmet of Grim Reaper who sadly had to have his right leg amputated during a South American tour and has been left with hefty medical bills. Weapon hit the the stage at 4.30pm sharp.

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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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