News: ELLES BAILEY, STONEDEAD, URIAH HEEP (December 2021)

Michael Schenker, photo by Simon Dunkerley

News - Album News

Tim Arnold releases his new album, ‘Maybe Magic’, on January 7 via Bandcamp.

Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins releases his new solo album ‘Make It Count’ on march 18 via Frontiers.

Elles Bailey has opened pre-orders for her next album, ‘Shining in the Half Light’, due for release on 25 February 2022.

Crowbar will release their new album, ‘Zero And Below’, on March 4 via MNRK Heavy (formerly eOne Music).

Destruction have announced that they will issue their 16th full-length studio album ‘Diabolical’ on April 8 through Napalm Records.

Fozzy release their new album ‘Boombox’ on 15 April via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group.

Gathering Of Kings will release a new song, ‘Vagabond Rise’, on January 2. It is the first single from the band’s upcoming, as yet untitled album, set for release in May.

HammerFall release their new album ‘Hammer Of Dawn’ on February 25 via Napalm Records.

The Hellacopters will release ‘Eyes Of Oblivion’, their first album of original material in 17 years, on 1 April through Nuclear Blast.

Lionville release their fifth album ‘So Close To Heaven’ on February 11 via Frontiers.

Megadeth are currently mastering their new album with a release expected early next year.

Napalm Death release a new mini-album, ‘Resentment Is Always Seismic – A Final Throw Of Throes’, on February 11 via Century Media Records.

Papa Roach are working on a new album for release in early 2022.

Alan Parsons with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, release ‘One Note Symphony: Live In Tel Aviv’ on 11 February on Frontiers.

Pattern-Seeking Animals release their third studio album, ‘Only Passing Through’, on April 21 via InsideOut.

Pink Floyd release ‘Pulse Restored & Re-edited’ on February 18 and it will appear on Blu-ray for the first time.

Queensryche will start recording their new album in January.

Saint Etienne have released a seasonal EP ‘Her Winter Coat’.

Slipknot plan to release their new album in March/April time.

Ten release their new album ‘Here Be Monsters’ on February 18 on Frontiers.

U.D.O., the band led by Udo Dirkschneider, has signed with Atomic Fire Records – after over twenty years with AFM Records – and they will release the band’s new album next year. It will be a special release as it celebrates the singer’s 70th birthday.

Uriah Heep’s first two studio albums – ‘…Very ‘Eavy …Very ‘Umble’ and ‘Salisbury’ – are getting released as limited-edition vinyl picture disc on Friday 28 January via BMG.

Steve Vai will release his new album, ‘Inviolate’, on January 28.

Voivod will release their new studio album, ‘Synchro Anarchy’, on February 11 via Century Media Records.

Warrior Soul have just released the first single, ‘We’re Alive’, from their upcoming studio album ‘Out On Bail’, which will be available via Cargo during the first quarter of 2022.

News - Tours and Gigs

Rescheduled UK & Ireland tour dates:

December 2021 postponed dates -

Cadillac 3, Cats In Space, the Charlatans, Deacon Blue, Del Amitri, Skerryvore, Supergrass,

Big Big Train (Mar 2022 cancelled), Bill Bailey (Jan 2022 to Apr/May 2022), The Damned (Feb 2022 to Oct 2022), Faith No More (cancelled), Funeral For A Friend (Jan 2022 to Mar 2022), Katatonia (Jan/Feb 2022 to Feb 2023), Tremonti (Jan 2022 to Jun 2022), Tyketto (Mar 2022 cancelled), Brian Wilson (postponed),

Newly announced UK tours (2022 unless stated):

Bowling For Soup, Camel (2023), Elvis Costello, the Cure, Duran, Duran, Gryphon, John Hackett, Steve Hackett, Happy Mondays, Level 42, the Libertines, Primal Scream, Earl Slick, Stray + Vambo, Uriah Heep, Vader + Mardruk, Paul Young,

Upcoming (Gigs – UK)

Rescheduled US & European tour dates:

Faith No More (Aus &NZ & Europe cancelled), Christy Moore (Ire Dec 2021 & Jan 2021 shows cancelled), Santana (Dec 21 US cancelled due to illness), Tyketto (Mar 2022 cancelled),

Newly announced US & European tours (2022 unless stated):

Alice Cooper (US), the Darkness (US), Foo Fighters (US), Goo Goo Dolls (US), Steve Hackett (US), Iron Maiden (US), Joe Jackson (US & Eur), Korn (US), My Chemical Romance (AU/NZ 2023), Overkill + Prong (US), Primus (US), Stryper (US), Toto (US), Uriah Heep (Eur), Eddie Vedder (US), Brian Wilson + Chicago (US),

Upcoming (USA/ROW)

UK Festivals 2021

Stonedead Festival has added two more bands to next year’s bill - Vandenberg and Stone Broken. They join headliners The Michael Schenker Group (celebrating Michael Schenker’s 50-year music career, pictured), The Wildhearts, H.E.A.T., The Treatment, Tygers of Pan Tang and Thundermother. For those with camping tickets, the party starts early on Friday 26th August with performances from Black Spiders, Massive and Revival Black.

Troy Redfern replaces Limehouse Lizzy as support to Sweet on their remaining December tour dates.

Fleetwood Mac are planning tour dates for 2022.

Strawbs mainman Dave Cousins has announced that he is to withdraw from live band shows for the foreseeable future due to health issues.

Metallica 40th Anniversary Live, will showcase the band’s two performances at San Francisco’s Chase Center on December 17 and 19 and will be livestreamed worldwide.

Legendary Dutch progressive rockers Kayak have announced their farewell tour, set to take place in April & May 2022. These shows will see them perform tracks from across their career, including their latest album ‘Out Of This World’ released in early 2021. Originally formed in 1972, this will be the last time the band tour.

Other Stuff

Deep Purple’s Roger Glover is still working on his memoir and has enlisted Chris Charlesworth as the book’s editor.

Queen’s biography ‘As It Began’ by Jacky Smith and Jim Jenkins has been revised for a new 2022 reissue, due to be published on March 24. This new edition includes numerous extra photographs and a new foreword from Brian May.

Former Mötley Crüe and The Dead Daisies frontman John Corabi publishes his autobiography Horseshoes And Hand Grenades’ via Rare Bird on June 14.

The Kinks’s Dave Davies publishes his memoir ‘Living On A Thin Line’ on July 7.

Bruce Springsteen has sold his song publishing rights to Sony Music for a rumoured $500m. ZZ Top have also sold their song publishing rights for an undisclosed fee.

Noddy Holder said in a recent interview that he would love for Slade to reunite and play at next year’s Glastonbury.

Guitarist Ronnie Simmons has joined Faster Pussycat.

Chicago guitarist and singer Keith Howland announced his retirement from the band after almost 27 years and is replaced by Tony Obrohta, a member of former singer Peter Cetera’s band.

Soft Machine have announced that bass player Roy Babbington has retired. He has been with the band since 1970 and has chosen his successor for the band, Fred Thelonious Baker.

Overdrivers bassist Sébastien Lorquet is leaving after a more than six years with the band.

The Spitfires have split-up as they are unable to progress in the current pandemic and its affects.

News - RIP

Singer & songwriter John Miles, best known for his hit ‘Music’. He also worked with Tina Turner and Jimmy Page

Monkees co-founder Michael Nesmith

Bassist Phil Chen (Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart)

Smokie bassist Terry Uttley

Former Rod Stewart guitarist Robin Le Mesurier





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