December News Updates
THE DAMNED to headline 2017 CAMDEN ROCKS festival Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:00

THE DAMNED, ORANGE GOBLIN and RUTS DC head the first raft of bands bound for next year’s CAMDEN ROCKS festival, which takes place on Saturday 3 June.


The full list of the first 40 acts to be confirmed can be seen in the poster below.


Early bird tickets are now available from


Camden Rocks first poster

LAST IN LINE and more added to STEELHOUSE festival bill Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 09:54

LAST IN LINE, JARED JAMES NICHOLS and TEQUILA MOCKYNGBIRD are the last acts to be confirmed for next year’s STEELHOUSE festival, which takes place at Hafod y Dafal, outside Ebbw Vale on 29 and 30 July.


Steelhouse Festival generic image




Tickets are available from

Danish motorbillies GRUMPYNATORS to release second album in March Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 17:00

Danish motorbillies GRUMPYNATORS are to release their second album, ‘City Of Sin’, via Target Records on 24 March.




It will be preceded by a single, ‘Take The Last Dance With Me’, on 3 February.


Volbeat guitarist Rob Caggiano makes a guest appearance on the track ‘Far Away’.

DANNY WORSNOP signs to EARACHE RECORDS for debut solo album release Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 15:00

ASKING ALEXANDRIA/WE ARE HARLOT frontman DANNY WORSNOP has signed a worldwide deal with Earache Records for his upcoming debut solo album ‘The Long Road Home’, which is due for release on 17 February.


Danny Worsnop artwork


Worsnop comments: "With the help of some incredible and very talented people, I am pleased to announce that in 2017 I will be releasing my first album as a solo artist. It has been an emotional roller-coaster creating these songs, but the end result has left me humbled, proud, and more excited about a project than I ever have been in my life.”


Worsnop has also just announced a one-off special album launch show on Tuesday 14 February, at London’s Lexington. Tickets are on sale NOW.  He will also be one of the first artists to play a live streamed show from You Tube's new Curator space on 13 February. 


ORANGE GOBLIN frontman BEN WARD launches JustGiving campaign for laid off TEAM ROCK staff Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 10:39

Orange Goblin frontman Ben Ward has launched a JustGiving campaign in the hope of raising £20,000 for the staff of Team Rock, publishers of Classic Rock and Metal Hammer. The campaign comes following the company’s liquidation and the announcement that more than 70 members of staff are to be laid off, with immediate effect and with no severance pay just days before Christmas.


Team Rock logo

Ward said:

"Today, 73 members of the Team Rock staff were told that the company is going into liquidation and that they are being made redundant with immediate effect with ZERO pay. These are good, hard-working, committed people that through Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Prog Rock, TeamRock Radio and more, have supported the rock and heavy metal scene in this country for decades and now we, the rock community, need to pull together to help give something back."
People can donate to the campaign HERE.


Administrators were called in yesterday (Monday) after Team Rock got into financial difficulties; 27 members of staff in Scotland and 46 in London have been made redundant. Seven staff members will be retained "in the short term" to assist the administrators.


Administrators at FRP Advisory are now seeking buyers for the business's magazine titles and other assets.


Joint administrator Tom MacLennan said Team Rock had traded at a loss "for a significant period of time", adding:


"The company explored every option to secure the long-term future of the business, however the constraints on the cash position of the business were such that administration was the only viable option. The administration presents an excellent opportunity to acquire high profile rock music titles, products and brands that have a substantial global following. "
Team Rock was founded in 2012, and bought the Classic Rock, Classic Rock Presents Prog, Metal Hammer and The Blues magazines from Future Publishing in 2013. FRP have stated the company's website attracted more than three million hits per month, and the company owns an extensive archive of video, radio, images and magazines.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS cancel Irish shows due to illness Print E-mail
Monday, 19 December 2016 19:56

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS have been forced to cancel the last two dates of their European tour, which were due to take place in Dublin tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday.




In a statement on both their Facebook page and official website, the band said:


"We are so sorry that we cannot come to Dublin as planned for the next few days. Anthony has been fighting off the flu all week and after the show last night it was clear that he has to stop touring and recover, hence the decision to push back the shows to next year."


Both shows have been rescheduled, to September 20 and 21.  Tickets for tomorrow's show, which was sold out, will be valid for the first date, and tickets for Wednesday's show valid for the second one.


IMMOLATION and VADER to co-headline Bristol Deathfest 2017 Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 December 2016 21:45

IMMOLATION and VADER have been confirmed as the headliners for the first day of BRISTOL DEATHFEST.


Bristol Deathfest is a two day indoor festival held at The Bierkeller over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend of Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 April.  Details of other bands appearing are on the poster below. Tickets are available HERE.


Bristol Deathfest Poster

Immolation vocalist & bassist Ross Dolan commented: "We are very excited to be part of this year's Bristol Death Fest. It looks like it is going to be a great show with a lot of killer bands, and we are really looking forward to getting back on the road in April to support our new release!  We will be touring with our long-time friends and brothers in Vader, so it should be a great tour with great people.  We will see everyone on tour in 2017! "


Vader drummer James Stewart added: Vader are so excited to be bringing our punishing show to next year's Bristol Deathfest!!! 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Vader's first full-length 'The Ultimate Incantation', so you can expect some older material alongside a selection of hits and new songs from our record the 'The Empire'.”


HRH add more acts to 2017 events Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 December 2016 17:11

The boys and girls at Hard Rock Hell HQ have been busy making lots of lovely pre-Christmas announcements around their various events next year.


HRH Ibiza Dec Update


First up is the confirmation that British blues rock legend Bernie Marsden, German hard rockers Bonfire and revitalized NWOBHM-ers Grim Reaper will be undertaking the annual HRH Ibiza Road Trip in May, alongside the already announced line up that includes The Quireboys, Reckless Love, Wolf, Gun and Phil Campbell And His Bastard Sons.


An extra hotel, the Galfi, also has been added, and can be booked at


Next up are more additions to HRH Doom Vs HRH Stoner Chapter II, which takes place at the O2 Academy, Sheffield, on Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October 2017. They are TruckfightersDeville, Steak and Grave Lines. They join a line-up that already features My Dying Bride, Orange Goblin, Kadavar, Black Moth, Ten Foot Wizard, Boss Kelloid, Regulus, Serpent Venom, Blind Haze, Bast, Kurokuma, Hogslayer, Pist, Barbarian Hermit, Gurt, King Goat and Witch Tripper.


Tickets can be booked online at


Finally, further great acts have added to the line-up of HRH NWOBHM II - The Xmas Rocka, again at the O2 Acadamy in Sheffield, on 2 and 3 December 2017.  They are Satan, Grim Reaper, Rogue Male, Desolation Angels, Nightmare, White LightningJameson Raid and Spartan Warrior. They join the already-confirmed Raven, Diamond Head, Praying Mantis, Avenger, Holocaust, Gaskin, Mick  Underwoods ‘Glory Road’, Lionheart, Airrace, Salem, Traitors Gate, Blackmayne, Seventh Son and Toledo Steel.


Once again, tickets can be booked online, this time via


STEVE HARRIS’ BRITISH LION added to STEELHOUSE 2017 bill Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 December 2016 15:18

Iron Maiden bassist STEVE HARRIS’ “side project”, BRITISH LION, are the latest addition to the bill for the 2017 STEELHOUSE festival, which takes place at Hafod-y-Dafal, just outside Ebbw Vale in south Wales, over the weekend of 29/30 July.


They join headliners SAXON – who will be bringing their full ‘Eagle’ show to the mountain-top location – and SKINDRED, as well as INGLORIOUS, KING KING, BROKEN WITT REBELS, STONE BROKEN and FLORENCE BLACK, with more acts to be announced.


Day, weekend and camping passes for Steelhouse 2017 are available from


Steelhouse - British Lion

RAVEN and DIAMOND HEAD to lead HRH NWOBHM 2017 bill Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 December 2016 14:49

RAVEN, DIAMOND HEAD and PRAYING MANTIS are among the acts who will be leading the charge at the second annual HRH NWOBHM fest, to be held at the O2 Academy in Sheffield on 2/3 December 2017.



With this year’s inaugural event still in full swing, the second instalment of this latest addition to the HRH franchise is already almost sold out.




For further information, including ticketing details, visit



ASIA forced to cancel 30th Anniversary UK tour Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 December 2012 17:44



ASIA, featuring the original line-up of Geoff Downes (keyboards),  Steve Howe (guitar), Carl Palmer (drums) and John Wetton (Lead Vocal, bass), has been forced to cancel the 30th Anniversary UK tour due to drummer Carl Palmer coming down with a severe case of E. coli.  


Tickets are refundable from the point of purchase.


A list of the cancelled dates are as follows:


Tavistock The Wharf (Dec 15)
Holmfirth Picturedrome (Dec 16)
Edinburgh Queen’s Hall (Dec 17)
Salisbury City Hall (Dec 19)
Birmingham Town Hall (Dec 20)
Manchester Royal Northern College of Music (Dec 21)  
London o2 Shepherds Bush Empire (Dec 22)


GWAR to perform at second annual Cory Smoot Experiment event Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 December 2012 17:39

GWAR will perform at the second annual Cory Smoot Experiment, set to take place on January 18th at the Canal Club in Richmond, Virginia.


Commented the band:


"It's time for the second annual Cory Smoot Experiment, where we gather to remember our dear friend and colleague, Cory Smoot, who passed away a little over a year ago. This year features a special no costumes version of GWAR — the mighty RAWG! We will be playing tons of stuff from our new album and who knows what else. Thanks to Eve for keeping it together, and remember all proceeds raised go to the Smoot Family Fund. Hail Flattus!"


Also scheduled to perform at the event are MENSREA (Cory Smoot's former band), US BRASS, POTTY MOUTH (former member of GREEN JELLY), APOCALYPSE DUDES (TURBONEGRO tribute band ) and SUPPRESSION (member of IRON REAGAN).


Tickets are $12 at the door, with the show starting at 6 p.m.


Smoot, a.k.a. Flattus Maximus, was found dead as GWAR was about to enter Canada on November 3, 2011. He was 34 years old. He has since been replaced by Pustulus Maximus (a.k.a. CANNABIS CORPSE/ANTIETAM 1862's Brent Purgason).




STIFF LITTLE FINGERS announce UK tour for March 2013 Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 December 2012 17:35



Stiff Little Fingers take things 'up a gear'. The band will be touring the UK in March and are currently recording their as yet untitled 10th studio album set for release in 2013.


Stiff Little Fingers were formed in 1977 in Belfast, Ireland. Along with the likes of the Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Sham 69, Stranglers, et al - Stiff Little Fingers were at the forefront of the punk movement. They wrote initially about their own lives, growing up at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, in songs like "Suspect Device" and "Wasted Life". In November of '77, they released those two songs on their own Rigid Digits label, and sent a copy to BBC Radio One DJ John Peel, who started playing it every night.


These were the first of what became SLF's signature style: lyrics that meld the personal and political, music that combines the energy of punk with infectious hooks, and delivery that rings of honesty and commitment. In 1979 they became the first band ever to hit the UK top 20 album charts on an independent label with their debut Inflammable Material. The album chronicles the band's anger and frustration at "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland, and calls on youth to create their own reality. Their live shows continued to be special events of energy and power. The 'Go For It' LP in '81 revealed more sophisticated song writing and musicianship, and another step in the shift from punk to power pop. The 'Now Then' album of '82 alienated many of SLF's punk followers with its pop sound, and despite some glowing critical reviews, never got the recognition it deserved.


The band split in early '83. During the five years they spent apart, each member pursued musical projects. But none were as satisfying, or as successful, as Stiff Little Fingers. Said Ali, "It wasn't until we got back together again did we realize this was the only thing we were ever completely happy with."


In '87, Jake and Ali decided to do a few reunion shows. The audience response to the reunion shows was overwhelming; with sell-out crowds larger than any that SLF had played in their original incarnation. The response to the shows across the world surprised and delighted the band and their following continued to grow, with younger "new" fans alongside the old diehards.


In '94 they released the 'Get a Life' LP. The album helped renew interest in SLF just as newer bands that cited them as a major influence, such as Bad Religion, Sugar, Rancid and Therapy, were coming to prominence. In August 2003, Stiff Little Fingers released their ninth studio album, the critically acclaimed Guitar and Drum on the EMI Label, their most successful album since their reformation, which includes a moving tribute to Joe Strummer, entitled "Strummerville".


After many studio albums and countless tours, Stiff Little Fingers find themselves more in demand than ever. They are currently working on a new album, and many of the new songs have been debuted at live gigs, with tremendous response from fans. With song titles like Trail of Tears, My Dark Places and Liar's Club covering topics such as the recent economic collapse, Jake's personal struggle with depression, and continuing racism in the west. Jake has said, "You've probably worked out by now, I don't do "comedy" songs!!" But the songs continue to inspire fans old and new. Countless people have already contacted Jake to say that "My Dark Places" gave them the strength to tell others about their own bouts with depression.


Though focused on their new material, they always play the old favourites at gigs. Jake said, "You have to strike a balance. The difficulty with a band like ourselves is to try not make it sound like a cabaret band. Obviously, it'd be very easy to go, 'Hey, here's another old one you may remember.' A lot of the old songs the audience greet like old friends. I suppose it's the same as any band that's been around for any length of time. And yes, there are nights that we don't particularly want to play "Alternative Ulster" or "Suspect Device" because we've heard them 'til they're coming out our ears. But there's always the possibility that somebody out there has never seen the band before, never heard them."


But using the band's rich musical foundation as a building block, the time has come to bring the newest chapter of the band's music to the world. The new songs, penned over the last decade, show a definite musical growth in the band. Plans are to record and release the new material in early 2013.


March UK Tour Plus Special Guests The Men They Couldn't Hang & Ed Tudor Pole (Acoustic)


Thu 7 Southampton The Brook
Fri 8 Brighton Concorde 2
Sat 9 Nuneaton Queens Hall
Sun 10 Preston 53 Degrees
Tue 12 Sheffield Plug
Thu 14 Manchester The Ritz
Fri 15 Newcastle O2 Academy
Sat 16 Aberdeen The Lemon Tree
Sun 17 Glasgow Barrowland
Tue 19 Cambridge The Junction
Wed 20 Norwich The Waterfront
Thu 21 Leeds O2 Academy
Fri 22 London The Forum
Sat 23 Nottingham Rock City
Mon 25 Plymouth C103
Tue 26 Exeter Phoenix
Wed 27 Gloucester Guildhall
Thu 28 Bristol O2 Academy
Fri 29 Wolverhampton The Robin 2
Sat 30 Cardiff Solus (Univ.)


UK metallers KARHU on lookout for new bassist Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 December 2012 17:30

UK metallers KARHU are on the lookout for a new bass player.


The band, who released their Uber Rock-approved 'Survival of the Richest' debut earlier this year (read the Uber Rock review here), have parted company with their previous bassist and are currently searching for his replacement.


With a UK tour being booked for May 2013 and album number two being written, good things are happening for Karhu - do you have the chops to be in the band?


If you think you do, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or check the guy out on Facebook - - or on their official forum -


...or better still, check out the band's debut music video below!



Frontiers Records to release new album from PINK CREAM 69 in January Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 December 2012 17:25

pinkcream69-ceremonialFrontiers Records is excited to announce the release of PINK CREAM 69's newest studio album, 'Ceremonial', on January 25 in Europe and January 22 in North America.


Six years after the critically praised 'In10sity' album, the German based band delivers another slice of great Arena Hard Rock!


Hot on heels after a successful German tour with Helloween and Stratovarius, 'Ceremonial' is PC69's second studio effort for Frontiers Records and also the first album with their new drummer Chris Schmidt.


This new album is possibly the freshest and most diverse Pink Cream 69 album to date. Recorded partially at Hofa Studios and mixed at Dennis Ward's private studio - The TrakShak - the band really made the best of their time.


“The songs had to be 100% ready and we took all the necessary time,” states bass player and producer Dennis Ward. “This gaves us the possibility to experiment and to achieve the best possible result.” And indeed, the explosive, energetic opening track 'Land Of Confusion', the contemporary rocking 'Wasted Years', the biographic 'I Came To Rock', the heavily '90s-influenced 'Find Your Soul' or the soulful 'Passage' are all new, bright and shining diamonds in a discography full of highlights and hits.


“We deliberately called the album 'Ceremonial' because we feel it's kind of a celebration of music styles we all grew up with, regardless of what PC69 has done in the past,” continues Ward.


“There were various projects that I was involved in over the last couple of years,” adds singer David Readman, "but the work on 'Ceremonial' felt like coming home. A real relief.” Nothing more to add.


Ceremonial includes the following new songs: Land of Confusion; Wasted Years; Special; Find Your Soul; The Tide; Big Machine; Let the Thunder Roll; Right or Wrong; Passage of Time; I Came to Rock; King for One Day; Superman.


The first single off the album, 'Special', can be exclusively listened in streaming on the Frontiers Records webradio. Tune in at:



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