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News - Album News

Ozzy Osbourne’s latest album ‘Ordinary Man’ debuted at number 3 in both the US Billboard and UK album charts.

Fish is now hoping to release his long-awaited final studio album ‘Weltschmerz’ in July.

Carcass have named their new album ‘Torn Arteries’, which is due on August 7 via Nuclear Blast.

Heathen release their new album, ‘Empire Of The Blind’ later in the year via Nuclear Blast.

Def Leppard are working on their next album according to a recent interview with Vivian Campbell.

Bad Touch release their new album ‘Kiss The Sky’ on Marshall Records on June 19. The band tour the UK in September with special guests Piston.

Jocasta release a B-sides and demos album ‘Ideas Are Bulletproof’ on March 20 as a download/streaming.

Biffy Clyro have pushed the release of their new album back to August 14.

Steve Earle & The Dukes release their new album, ‘Ghosts Of West Virginia‘ on May 22.

Mr. Big will release a Japanese only ‘best of’ on March 25, ‘Songs 2010-2017′.

House Of Lords release their new album ’New World, New Eyes’ on May 8 via Frontiers.

Prog legends Gentle Giant are to release first four albums on vinyl on April 3rd, 2020.  This follows the release in 2019 of the ‘Unburied Treasure’ box set.

Record Store Day releases include a live EP from Toto, Def Leppard, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and a 1978 live set from UFO. The event has now been postponed from April 18 to June.

In Flames has signed a deal with Nuclear Blast who will re-issue all the band’s albums.

Escape Music release the debut album by Compass called ‘Our Time On Earth’ on April 24. This is a concept album written and produced by Steve Newman.

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Ann Wilson (Heart, pictured) and Blues Pills are the latest additions to Ramblin’ Man Fair in July. Amongst bands added to the Rising Stage are Gin Annie (Headliner, Friday 17th July) Collateral (Headliner, Saturday 18thJuly), Wolf Jaw (Headliner, Sunday 19th July) and Mother Vulture (Special Guest, Sunday 19th July) More information (with updated schedule).

The second Road Rage festival takes place in Sheffield at Corporation and Trafalgar Warehouse on Saturday 28 March.  On the main stage Reef are joined by The Kris Barras Band, Bad Touch, Piston, Black Whiskey and Lowdrive.

The Prognosis festival has now been moved to September 4-5.

Glastonbury has been cancelled in what was the festival’s 50th anniversary year.

News - Tours and Gigs

Saxon’s Biff Byford has cancelled his upcoming solo tour which was due to take place during April and May. In an honest statement Biff states – “The honest truth is the tickets for the forthcoming tour have just not sold as everyone expected for whatever reason, so we have cancelled the dates as scheduled with a view to hopefully re-visiting at a later date.”

Kansas play the London Palladium on Sunday October 18 where they will be performing ‘Point of Know Return’ album in its entirety. They also release their new album ‘The Absence of Presence’ on June 26.

Genesis – the 80′s version of Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford & Tony Banks – have announced they have reformed and play a series of UK & Irish dates during November and December. Phil Collins’s son Nicholas will play drums on the tour.

Candlebox are reuniting for two shows on October 2 and 3 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band’s ‘Lucy’ album.

The Sweet have announced a UK tour for November and December.

Brian Wilson (pictured) has announced UK dates for May and June where he will be joined by Al Jardine and Blondie Chapman.

All of Whitesnakes previously announced touring activities, including this summer’s U.S. tour with Sammy Hagar & The Circle and Night Ranger, have been cancelled so that David Coverdale can undergo surgery for bilateral inguinal hernia.

Tours & festivals postponed due to concerns over coronavirus -

Cairo (UK), Download UK (cancelled), the Eagles (US), Fairport Convention (UK), Faster Pussycat (UK), Fish (UK), Samantha Fish (Europe), Ghost (Europe), Green Day (Asian tour), H.E.A.T (UK), HRH AOR festival (UK), HRH Hammerfest (UK), King King (UK), KISS (US March), Lacuna Coil (Asia & Italy), Lynyrd Skynyrd (US March dates), Machine Head (UK & Europe), Richard Marx (UK & Europe), the Michael Schenker Fest (Japan), The Mission (Europe), My Chemical Romance (Japan), the National (Japan), New Order (Japan), Papa Roach (Europe), Parkway Drive (UK & Europe), Pearl Jam (US), Queen + Adam Lambert (Paris May 26), Rage Against The Machine (US), Roachford (UK), the Rolling Stones (US), Santana (Europe), Slipknot (Asia), Snake Oil & Harmony (UK & Europe) Sons Of Apollo (Europe), Styx (US), Trivium (Asia & Europe), Van der Graaf Genertaor (Europe), The Who (UK & Europe), Whitesnake (Japan)

For an updated list please visit Stereoboard

Live Nation have paused all their tours, both in the US and worldwide which includes artists such as KISS, Tool and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Other Stuff

Flava Flav has left Public Enemy.

Journey’s Neal Schon & Jon Cain have filed a lawsuit against Ross Valory & Steve Smith, who have also been fired from the band.

Robbie Williams has revealed in a recent interview he turned down the chance to join Queen.

Former Jellyfish members Eric Dover and Roger Joseph Manning Jr. have formed the Lickerish Quartet, which also features Tim Smith in the line-up.

Firewind has parted ways with guitarist/keyboardist Bob Katsionis and vocalist Henning Basse. The group’s new vocalist is Herbie Langhans.

Record Store Day has been moved back from April 18 to June 20.

News - RIP

Ex-Head East guitarist Mike Somerville

Scorpions, Whitesnake & Ozzy Osbourne producer Keith Olsen

Original Riot guitarist Lou Kouvaris

Alan Merrill lead singer of the Arrows and writer of ‘I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll’

The latest Facebook Live session from Canadian singer-songwriter Josh Taerk Sunday 21 March 16:00 EST, 21:00 GMT

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David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 BST (GMT+1, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 14 March 2021 and includes the Top 10 albums at for that week.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 ( BST, GMT+1) as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 23 March 2021.

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14:00-16:00 KAT DANSER One Eye Open (indie)

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ALTZI Point Of No Return (RA Music)
DIRTY LACES Breathe (Golden Robot Records)
ASHEN MOON Ashen Moon (Golden Robot Records)
ANDREWW Shadow Love (indie)
JORDAN RED Freak Show (indie)
HAYES & Y Empty Orchestra (indie)
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NEPTUNE RAIN We Breathe The Same (indie)

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