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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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’.

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

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.

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, Dare,

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),  KISS (US), Megadeth + Lamb Of God (US), Steve Rothery (EU Mar/Apr), Steel Panther (US),

Upcoming (USA/ROW)

UK Festivals 2022

Rescheduled & cancelled tours:

Avatar (2022 to 2023), 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), Henry Rollins (UK/Eur cancelled), Dave Lee Roth (Las Vegas residency cancelled), 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),

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.

Original keyboards player Pete Jones has rejoined Haken.

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

News - RIP

Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Janice Long

Woodstock organizer Michael Lang

Budgie’s Burke Shelley

Ronnie Spector of the Ronnettes





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Power Plays w/c 10 January (Mon-Fri)
SMOKING MARTHA Wild & Free (Xelon Entertainment)
TRUE NORTH Fix (Out Of Line Music)
COLLECTED Say When (indie)
ABOUT KINGS Heaven On Down The Highway (indie)
WHALEDOG Leave Me Alone (indie)
LED BY LANTERNS Six Feet Down (indie)
KROOKED TONGUE Freaky Love (indie)

Featured Albums w/c 10 January (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 BITE THE BULLET End Of The Line (Escape Music)
12:00-13:00 CRYSTAL BALL Crysteria (Massacre Records)
14:00-16:00 SEAN TAYLOR The Beat Goes On (indie)



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