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News - Album News

Alestorm begin work on their next album, ‘Seventh Rum Of A Seventh Rum’, which will be released on Napalm Records later this year.

Arch Enemy will release their latest studio album, ‘Deceivers’, via Century Media Records on July 29.

Big Big Train recently released ‘Bats In The Belfry’, composed by the band’s drummer Nick D’Virgilio, and it will feature on the band’s forthcoming ‘Welcome To The Planet’ album due at the end of this month.

The Black Sabbath albums featuring Tony Martin have been signed up by a label for re-issue for a box set release.

Demon plan to release a new album this year.

Dream Theater vocalist James La Brie releases his new solo album, ‘Beautiful Shade Of Grey’, on May 26 via InsideOut.

Blue October will start recording their next album in February.

Dare (pictured) release their new album ‘Road To Eden’ on April 1.

Diamond Dogs release their second single, ‘Rocket Ricochet’, from their upcoming double album ‘Slap Bang Blue Rendezvous’ due on January 21.

Bruce Dickinson will resume work on his latest solo album in the spring.

Envy Of None, featuring Alex Lifeson (Rush), Andy Curran (Coney Hatch), Alfio Annibalini and singer Maiah Wynne, release their self-titled debut album on Kscope on April 8.

GWAR will release their new album, ‘The New Dark Ages’, on June 3.

Elton John’s guitarist Davey Johnstone releases his second solo album, ‘Deeper Than My Roots’, on February 3. His first solo album came out in 1973.

Former Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flur is to release a new album, ‘Magazine 1′, on March 4. Guests include Midge Ure, Peter Hook (New Order) and Claudia Brücken (Propaganda).

Peter Knight & John Spiers release a new album, ‘Both In A Tune’, on February 11.

Kreator will release their new album in the summer with a single due in the next couple of months.

Lionheart release an expanded version of their 2017 album ‘Second Nature’ on January 21 via Metalville Records.

Dom Martin releases his latest album ‘A Savage Life’ on April 8.

Megadeth‘s sixteenth studio album, ‘The Sick, The Dying And The Dead’, has been pushed back to a summer release.

Meshuggah have released a new single, ‘The Abysmal Eye’, from their forthcoming album ‘Immutable’, set for release on April 1 via Atomic Fire Records.

Moby releases ‘Reprise – Remixes’ on May 20 via Deutsche Grammophon.

Odin Dragonfly release their new album ‘Sirens’ on January 22 via Black Sand Records.

Revival Black release a new single ‘Believe’ on 6 January.

Keith Richards will release a 30th-anniversary Super Deluxe Edition of his second solo album, Main Offender’, on March 18. It will include a double-LP and CD of the previously unreleased concert ‘Winos Live in London ’92′.

Joe Satriani releases his new album ‘The Elephants of Mars’ on April 8 on earMUSIC.

Chris Caffery revealed in a recent interview with That Metal Interview that he has been working with Jon Oliva on new Savatage music. There are currently no plans to record formally due to the lack of a record label at present.

John Sloman (ex-Uriah Heep), releases his latest solo album ‘Two Rivers’ on 25 February.

Sam Sweeney has announced ‘Solo’ (4 February), the first in a series of EPs that will highlight different members of the band who performed and recorded on his 2020 album ‘Unearth Repeat’.

King’s X guitarist, songwriter, and co-vocalist Ty Tabor has announced his new solo album, “Shades”, is out on March 4 via Rat Pak Records.

Earache Records release ‘Caught On Stage: Live & Acoustic’ from the Temperance Movement on 14 January.

TNT guitarist Ronni Le Tekrø will release his first solo album in six years, ‘Bigfoot TV’, on March 18 through TBC Records via Cargo Records.

Trick Or Treat will release their new studio album, ‘Creepy Symphonies’, on April 1 via Scarlet Records.

Tygers of Pan Tang release an EP  ‘A New Heartbeat’ on February 25 via Mighty Music.

Warrior Soul release their latest album ‘Out On Bail’ on March 4 via Cargo.

Steven Wilson plans to release his next solo album in 2023 and it is likely to be a concept album.

News - Tours and Gigs

Newly announced UK tours (2022 unless stated):

Franck Carducci, Lloyd Cole, Dare, Godsmack, Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Ensemble

Upcoming (Gigs – UK)

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

Arch Enemy + Behemoth (US), Bon Jovi (US), Cheap Trick (US Feb/Mar), Clutch (US), Godsmack (EU), Daryl Hall (US), Kid Rock + Foreigner (US), KISS (US), Yngwie Malmsteen (US), Megadeth + Lamb Of God (US), Quiet Riot (US), Steve Rothery (EU Mar/Apr), Steel Panther (US),

Upcoming (USA/ROW)

UK Festivals 2022

Rescheduled & cancelled tours:

Avatar (2022 to 2023), Belle & Sebastian (UK Mar to Nov), Biffy Cylro (Jan UK postponed), Blackberry Smoke (UK & EU 2022 to 2023), Bring Me The Horizon (EU 2022 to 2023), Cheap Trick (UK Feb to Oct), Diamond Head + Rock Goddess (Jan/Feb UK cancelled), Brain Fallon (US Jan/Feb cancelled), Samantha Fish (UK Jan/Feb to Oct), Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets (US 2022 to “later in the year”), Pendragon (all 2022 dates postponed), Queen Extravaganza (2022 to 2023), Rage Against The Machine (US tour postponed to Jul), Henry Rollins (UK/Eur cancelled), Dave Lee Roth (Las Vegas residency cancelled), Sabataon (UK & Eur postponed), Scarlet Rebels (UK Jan/Feb to Mar/Apr), Spock’s Beard (UK Mar postponed), Static X + Fear Factory (US 2022 to 2023),  Rod Stewart (Aus/NZ Mar cancelled), Stone Broken (UK Jan/Feb to Apr), Walter Trout (UK Jan to Jun), Midge Ure (UK 2022 to 2023), Wolf Alice (UK Jan to Feb/Mar), the Zombies (2022 to 2023),

Former Status Quo drummer John Coghlan has announced he is retiring after a UK farewell tour this year.

Ricky Warwick has announced his touring band for his upcoming UK dates in March – Tax The Heat’s Jack Taylor (drums), Ben Christo (guitars) and ex-The Mission bassist Richard Vernon.

Asia are planning 40th anniversary tour dates in the US this year. The line-up will feature original members Carl Palmer and Geoff Downes.

Other Stuff

Coldplay have announced they will stop making music after 2025.

Vinyl hit a new sales record in 2021 with ABBA’s ‘Voyage’ the biggest seller.

Rush have a new pinball machine coming soon!

David Bowie’s music catalogue has been sold to Warner Music, whilst David Coverdale has sold his rights to his Deep Purple and Whitesnake songs to Round Hill Music, who recently brought the rights to Heart’s Nancy Wilson’s songs.

Cliff Richard has again topped the sales charts for music calendars in the UK.

Tesco is reportedly phasing out CDs and DVDs in its UK stores, with plans to stop selling both formats by the end of February.

The Ronnie James Dio documentary is set to air later this year.

Thorsten Bauer has announced he is leaving both Leave’s Eyes and Atrocity.

Fozzy have parted ways with long-time drummer Frank Fontsere who has been replaced with Grant Brooks (Through Fire).

Guitarist Mick Sweda  and drummer Jimmy D’Anda are no longer part of the BulletBoys, who reformed with their original line-up in 2019.

Heavy Pettin’ are looking for a new bassist after Jez Perry left the band.

IO Earth have announced that they have singer Rosanna Leferve.

Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons have announced Joel Peters as the band’s new vocalist. Peters fronted the band on last year’s autumn dates.

Brian Tichy is back on the drumstool for the Dead Daisies.

Original keyboards player Pete Jones has re-joined Haken.

Soilwork have recruited bassist Rasmus Ehrnborn as a full-time member

News - RIP

Meat Loaf whose ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ album is one of the best-selling of all time. “We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man,” Meat Loaf’s family said in a statement. “From his heart to your souls … don’t ever stop rocking!”

Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Janice Long

Woodstock organizer Michael Lang

Budgie’s Burke Shelley

Ronnie Spector of the Ronnettes

Ventures guitarist Don Wilson

Producer Kit Woolven who worked on albums by UFO and Magnum, amongst many others





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Power Plays w/c 16 May 2022 (Mon-Fri)
FLOYA The Hymn (Arising Empire)
VEXES The Dream Disease (indie)
NEAR DUSK The Way It Goes (Iron Head Records)
IN SEARCH OF SUN Make Me Crazy (indie)
WALLNER VAIN Deceive Her (indie)
FIGHT THE FADE Where You Go I Go (FiXT)
MARATON Non-Euclidean Heart (Indie Recordings)

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