News: ANVIL, TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT, ALAN PARSONS (September 2021)

UFO – Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 4 April 2019

News - Album News

Abba release a new album ‘Voyage’ – their first in 40 years – on November 5. They have also announced a new live show, ‘Abba Voyage’, will open at the new 3,000 capacity Abba Arena in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 27 May.

Tori Amos releases her latest album ‘Ocean To Ocean’ on October 29 via Decca Records

Anvil have finished recording their new album, release date to be confirmed.

Carmine Appice & Fernando Perdomo will release their new, all instrumental album, ‘Energy Overload’, on September 24 via Cleopatra Records.

Bad Wolves release their third studio album, ‘Dear Monsters’, on October 29 via Better Noise Music.

Black Star Riders have signed with Earache Records, who will release the band’s new album in 2023. Founder member Scott Gorham has also announced he’s left the band to concentrate on touring with Thin Lizzy next year. The band will continue as a four piece including new drummer Zak St John.

Danny Bryant will release his 12th studio album ‘The Rage To Survive’ on Friday 29 October via Jazzhaus Records.

D’Virgilio, Morse & Jennings release a new album ‘Troika’ through InsideOut in early 2022.

Deep Purple release a covers album ‘Turning To Crime’ on November 26 via earMUSIC.

The Defiants plan to release their third album next year.

The Divine Comedy release ‘Charmed Life – The Best Of The Divine Comedy’ on February 4.

Eels release ‘Extreme Witchcraft’ – the band’s 14th album – on January 28.

Guns ‘N’ Roses release a new four song EP ‘Hard Skool’ on February 25.

Drummer Kenney Jones says that the Faces have recorded “about 14 songs” for a yet to be announced release.

Govt. Mule release ‘Heavy Load Blues’ on November 12 via Fantasy Records.

Heartland release their new album ‘Into The Future’ on October 15 via Escape Music. Vocalist Chris Ousey is joined by Mike Slammer on this album.

Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes has launched a pre-order for his upcoming solo album, ‘Unbearable Influence’, to be released on September 26.

Jethro Tull have announced they will release a new four disc, two DVD 50th Anniversary edition of their 1970 album ‘Benefit’, through PLG UK on November 5.

Elton John releases ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ on October 22 with guest appearances from Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, Eddie Vedder and more.

The Kentucky Headhunters release their new album ‘That’s a Fact Jack!’ on October 22.

King Kobra are working on a new album with Carmine Appice, Paul Shortino & Johnny Rod joined by former Dio guitarist Rowan Robertson. The album is due for release through Frontiers.

Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath) releases his solo album ‘Thorns’ on January 14.

Mastodon will release their ninth full-length album, ‘Hushed And Grim’, on October 29 via Reprise Records.

A 30th anniversary edition of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ album is released on November 12.

Octarine Sky release their debut album ‘Close To Nearby’ on November. The line-up features drummer Simon Phillips, guitarists Guthrie Govan and Amit Chatterjee, vocalist/keyboards player Dyanne Poitter Voegtlin and producer/musician Jan Christiana.

Alan Parsons releases ‘The NeverEnding Show – Live In The Netherlands’ on Frontiers on November 5.

Pink Cream 69 have signed with SPV/Steamhammer and the band are working on their next album.

Pink Floyd release a remixed & updated version of their ‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason’ album on October 29.

Scorpions release their new album ‘Rock Believer’ on February 11.

Skillet will release their new studio album, ‘Dominion’, on January 14 via Atlantic.

Skinny Lister release ‘A Matter Of Life & Love’ on October 22 through Xtra Mile Recordings.

Sonata Arctica release their first acoustic album, ‘Acoustic Adventures – Volume One’,  on January 21 on Nuclear Blast.

Stereophonics release their latest album ‘Oochya!’ on March 4 2022.

Stratovarius are currently working on their next studio album.

Strawbs will re-issue their 2008 album ‘The Broken Hearted Bride’ through Esoteric Records on November 26.

The Temperance Movement release ‘Covers & Rarities’ on November 26, which includes a Deep Purple cover with Ian Paice guesting.

Volbeat release their new album, ‘Servant Of The Mind’, on December 4 on Republic Records.

Warrior Soul aim to release their new album within the next few weeks.

When Rivers Meet release their second album, ‘Saving Grace’, on November 19 through One Road Records.

News - Tours and Gigs

Rescheduled UK & Ireland tour dates:

Evergrey (2021  to 2022), Elton John (2021 to 2023), The Psychadelic Furs (Oct 2021 to Apr 2022), Sari Schorr (Oct 2021 to Oct 2022), Snake Oil & Harmony (Nov/Dec 2021 cancelled),

Newly announced UK tours (2021 unless stated):

ABC (June 2022), Black Spiders (Nov), Joe Bonamassa (2022), Lindsey Buckingham (2022), the Coral (2022),  Alice Cooper & the Cult (2022), Roger Daltrey (Nov/Dec), the Divine Comedy (2022), Dream Theater (2022), Frost* (Apr 2022), Helmet (2022), Billy Idol (Jun 2022), Kings Of Leon (Jun 2022), Massive Wagons (Sep/Oct), Don McLean (Sep/Oct 2022), New Model Army (Mar 2022), Stereophonics (2022),  Tool (2022), When Rivers Meet (2022), Roy Wood’s Rock & Roll Band (Nov/Dec),

Upcoming (Gigs – UK)

Rescheduled US & European tour dates:

Bush (US 2021 postponed), Dream Theater (US 2021 to early 2022), Evergrey (2021  to 2022), Elton John (2021 to 2023), KISS (Australia 2021 to 2022), Magnum (Oct/Nov 2021 to Apr/May 2022),

Newly announced US & European tours (2021 unless stated):

 Scorpions (Europe 2022), Trans-Siberian Orchestra (US), Whitesnake (Europe 2022),

Upcoming (USA/ROW)

UK Festivals 2021

RoSFest 17 will take place at the Sarasota Opera House, Florida between April 15-17 2022 and has already confirmed King’s X and Robert Berry will be appearing.

The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival held anually in Colne, Lancashire for over 30 years has been cancelled indefinitely.  A statement from the organisers noted: “The Council no longer has the resources to run the Colne Blues event in its current format. However, we are going to manage a summer music festival in Colne next August, alongside our other provisions for local residents.”

UFO (pictured) have announced plans to play their final ever live show in Athens, Greece, on October 29 next year.

John Mayall has announced he is retiring from touring, bar shows local to his Californian home and special events.

Judas Priest have had to postpone the remainder of their current US tour as guitarist Richie Faulkner undergoes emergency treatment.

Other Stuff

Stevie Van Zandt is set to publish his memoir, ‘Unrequited Infatuations’, on September 28.

Queen have a pop-up shop, “Queen The Greatest”, which will open on Tuesday, September 28 until January 2022.

‘The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film by Todd Haynes’ will premiere both in cinemas in the US and on Apple TV+ on October 15.

Eden Curse’s Nikola Mijić is new the singer of Serious Black.

Bassist Majsan Linberg has left Thundermother and her replacement is Mona “The Demon” DeMona

Tesla drummer Troy Luccketta will sit out upcoming shows with his place taken by Steve Brown.

News - RIP

Former Tangier guitarist Gari Saint

Reggae innovator and producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

Iron Butterfly drummer Ron Bushy

Black Oak Arkansas founder and guitarist Rickie Lee Reynolds

Record label boss Bill Chavis

Folk & roots singer songwriter Michael Chapman

Manager and tour manager Steve Strange

Former Status Quo bassist Alan Lancaster

George Frayne aka Commander Cody






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