News: POWER QUEST, BEARDED THEORY, GIANT (November 2021)

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News - Album News

Annihilator release their latest album, ‘Metal II’, on 18 February via earMUSIC.

Asia are to release a 10CD boxset The Official Live Bootlegs Volume 1 through BMG Records on 26 November. There will also be a digital album featuring a selection of 24 tracks taken from the full boxset, out on the same day.

Cleanbreak have signed with Frontiers who will release the band’s debut album next year. The line-up features vocalist James Durbin (ex-Quiet Riot), bassist Perry Richardson (Stryper, ex-FireHouse), drummer Robert Sweet (Stryper) and guitarist Mike Flyntz (Riot V).

Collateral have reissued their first single,Midnight  Queen’, which now features Danny Vaughn (Tyketto) duetting with the band’s frontman Angelo Tristan.

Daytime TV release their debut album, ‘Nothing’s On But Everyone’s Watching’,  on 25 February via the Allotment label.

Dodgy have a 4LP box set ‘The A&M Years’ released on February 26.

The Eagles Of Death Metal release a seasonal EP, ‘Eagles of Death Metal Presents A Boots Electric Christmas’, on November 19.

Faster Pussycat ‘Babylon – The Elektra Years 1987-1992′ (4CD box set) is released on January 28 via Cherry Red Records.

The Feeling release their new album ‘Loss.Hope.Love’ on May 6.

Franz Ferdinand release a greatest hits ’Domino, Hits To The Head’ on March 11.

Giant release their latest album ‘Shifting Time’ on January 21 via Frontiers.

Grand have signed with Frontiers who will release the band’s debut album early next year.

Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper release ‘Reaping The Whirlwind – Live British Steel Festival 2018′ on March 11.

The Halo Project, who featuring five former members of In Flames, have signed a deal with Nuclear Blast.

HammerFall are back in the studio and plan to release their next album in the spring.

Beth Hart releases ‘A Tribute To Led Zeppelin’ on February 25 on Provogue/Mascot Label.

Jethro Tull release their new album, ‘The Zealot Gene’, on January 28 on InsideOut.

Korn will release a new album, ‘Requiem’, on February 4 via Loma Vista Recordings.

Will Lawton has just released a three song EP ‘A Strange Thing’.

Jonas Lindberg & The Other Side, have signed with InsideOut for the release of the upcoming new album, ‘Miles From Nowhere’, due out on February 18.

Little Caesar will re-issue their albums through Dirty Deeds Records/Deko Entertainment, starting with 2009′s ‘Redemption’ on November 19.

Loudness release a double album ‘Sunburst-My Warrior’ on December 19, with a limited edition also including a live DVD.

Marillion’s new album ‘An Hour Before It’s Dark’ is released via earMusic on Mar 4.

Megson release a covers album, ‘Unknown Waters’, in early 2022.

Ninebarrow have just released a live album ‘Live at the Lighthouse Poole’.

Porcupine Tree return with their eleventh album ‘Closure/Continuation’, which is released on June 24 via Music For Nations.

Power Quest have released a new single, ‘Bound For Glory’, via Inner Wound Records with more new music on the way.

Praying Mantis release their 11th full-length studio album ‘Katharsis’ on January 28 through Frontiers .

Sabaton have announced limited-edition, live-in-concert, double-DVD/Blu-ray, ‘The Great Show”‘and ‘The 20th Anniversary Show’, both set for release on November 19 on Nuclear Blast.

Saxon release their new album ‘Carpe Diem’ on February 4 through Silver Lining Music.

Space Elevator release their new album ‘Persona Non Grata’ on February 25 via On Stage Records.

Sword have signed with Massacre Records who will release the band’s new album in the spring.

Uriah Heep have finished recording their new album with a release date next year to be confirmed.

Vivaldi Metal Project has announced their new album ‘EpiClassica’ will be released on February 22 via Sifare Music Publishing.

Willie & the Bandits release their new album ‘When The World Stood Still’ on January 28.

Quiet Riot’s bassist Chuck Wright has signed with Cleopatra Records for his debut solo album, ‘Chuck Wright’s Sheltering Sky’, set to be released early next year.

News - Tours and Gigs

Rescheduled UK & Ireland tour dates:

Buckcherry (Dec 2o21 cancelled),  Cadillac 3 (Dec 2021 postponed), Dropkick Murphys (Jan/Feb 2022 to Jan/Feb 2023), Gun (some 2021 dates moved to 2022), Ozzy Osbourne (2022 to 2023), James Taylor (Jan 2022 postponed),

Newly announced UK tours (2022 unless stated):

Bellowhead, Camel (2023), Fairport Convention, Ghost, Machine Head + Amon Amarth, Napalm Death, Placebo, Porcupine Tree, the Proclaimers, Scarlet Rebels (Jan/Feb), Spock’s Beard, Status Quo + Shakin’ Stevens (Nov 2022), Tears For Fears, Rick Wakeman,

Upcoming (Gigs – UK)

Rescheduled US & European tour dates:

KISS (Las Vegas residency cancelled), My Chemical Romance (Aus/NZ 2022 to 2023), Robert Plant & Alison Kraus (US), James Taylor (Jan 2022 postponed),

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

Buckcherry (US), Eagles (US), Fozzy (US), Ghost, Journey + Billy Idol + Toto (US), Kraftwerk (US), Machine Head + Amon Amarth (Europe), Mammoth WVH + Dirty Honey (US), Napalm Death (Eur), Porcupine Tree (Europe),

Upcoming (USA/ROW)

UK Festivals 2021

Devin Townsend will support Dream Theater on their European dates.

Behemoth headline Friday night at next year’s Bloodstock.

Bearded Theory festival is back next year (Catton Hall, Derbyshire – May 26-29) with a line-up that includes Placebo, Patti Smith, The Flaming Lips, The Hives, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, The Mission, Amy MacDonald,  The Selecter, Wilko Johnson, Ferocious Dog and Dreadzone.

Skid Row have replaced Queensryche as the support act on the rescheduled dates for Scorpions’ ’Sin City Nights’ Las Vegas residency.

Uriah Heep replace Krokus as special guests for Saxon’s UK shows next January.

Other Stuff

Kraftwerk have been inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame.

Surviving members Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith gave their final Monkees performance in Las Vegas on November 14.

The BBC has announced that it will mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Freddie Mercury later this month with a new documentary called ‘Freddie Mercury: The Final Act’. The programme will air later this month alongside ‘Queen At The BBC’, a one-hour special.

‘Studio 666′ is the new horror-comedy film starring the Foo Fighters. It is set for release at cinemas on February 25.

Kent Hilli is the new vocalist for Giant who release their new album in January.

Bassist Michael Devin has left Whitesnake after a decade in the band and Tanya O’Callaghan takes his place.

Haken have announced that they have parted ways with keyboard player Diego Tejeida.

Opeth have replaced drummer Martin Axenrot with Therion’s Sami Karppinen for their US tour.

For the month of December the annual Dear John Concert will be streaming on Youtube in a “Best Of” compilation bringing together global stars and celebrities including Peter Frampton, Graham Gouldman and KT Tunstall. The footage is compiled from the 2020/21 concerts and hosted by legendary BBC Presenter ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris.

The link to watch the concert extravaganza will go live on 1st December at 19:00 UK time and available for rewatch from then until 31st December, bringing the iconic songs of The Beatles and John Lennon via livestream.

Net proceeds from donations will benefit the charity War Child UK.

You can purchase your ticket now by making a simple donation of £1 or more and tickets booked in November will also have a chance to win a free custom design ‘Dear John’ t-shirt.

News - RIP

Writer for Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and more, author and co-founder of Total Rock Malcolm Dome

Peter Makowski writer for Sounds, Metal Hammer and Classic Rock

The Moody Blues drummer Graeme Edge

Rock photographer Mick Rock

Rock PR Judy Totton

Big Big Train singer David Longdon

Keith Allison, formerly of Paul Revere & The Raiders






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