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  CHRIS DALE'S METAL MELTDOWN
EUROPEAN FESTIVAL ROUND-UP
3rd July 2011


chris dale



I've been to a fair few festivals this year, too many to review every band but here's my best of each festival.

On most of the shows I've been working for Mr Big and quite honestly they've been the best band most days but that would be a little biased to review the band paying my wages, so just take my word for it that they're great, go and buy tickets for their upcoming UK tour in September and let's take a look at the second best bands on each festival bill.

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Hellfest, Clisson France

This was a pretty strong bill the day I was there. Cavalera Conspiracy, Duff McKagan's Loaded, Doro, Ozzy... all pretty good but the band who unexpectedly stole it for me were Judas Priest. I saw them a couple of years back and quite honestly they bored the pants off me. I think they also bore the pants off each other that day too. No vibe, no interaction with the crowd and a bare minimum of rocking out. This year it's all different. They've been reborn!

Halford commanded the stage like the rock God that he is, his voice was on supreme form and he reminded me why every Metal singer since him can only attempt to emulate him. Scott Travis slammed the kit like I've never seen him do before. He is of course an awesome drummer as we always knew but tonight he took it to new levels. 'Painkiller' was of course only ever a pounding drum solo with some other guys in the background.

Ian Hill, despite his sticking to the back of the stage as usual, still pulled all the rock shapes we'd want to see and kept the whole band locked in order. Glenn Tipton had upped his game since I last saw him in action, again pulling the shapes, rocking out and of course giving us the riffs that made Priest the icons that they are.

Then there was the new boy, Richie Faulkner, KK's last minute replacement on this tour. He's got the riffs and solos down; we'd expect that. He's pulling the shapes and moving the moves; we'd expect that too. But somehow I think there's more to him than that. He's a real rockstar up there. I get the feeling that Priest's rebirth is down to him. I think he's given them the inspiration that maybe they've been lacking for a while. A little kick up the arse.

He's a new kid, not jaded from playing arenas for thirty years, not bored of playing the same tunes every day (though he has been playing 'Breaking The Law' in Camden pubs every Sunday for years with the covers band Metalworks) and just very happy to be there. Who wouldn't be? Well, KK apparently.

Special mention must also go to the setlist, where they played far from safe giving the crowd a selection of the old and rare, tracks they've not played for years and tracks they may never have played before. It's never an easy choice when bands do this but always a treat for the die hard fans. They then of course finished up with the hits and crowd pleasers- 'Breaking the Law', 'Painkiller' and 'You've Got Another Thing Coming'. Please let's hope the Priest do have another thing coming and that this is not really a farewell tour from them.

Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg Sweden

This place has great memories for me. In 2002 I played there in Bruce Dickson's band, headlining the main stage, on after Motörhead. Now that makes no sense does it? Little old me on after Motörhead? There was something wrong about that whole idea. Like a dream where the events don't add up to the end result. But that's what happened and we had a ball doing it.

Then in 2009 we played there in Tank. That was a great day, the first show with the new Tank, the Doogie White fronted Tank. It was that day that Tank fans showed their full support for the new line-up. It was that day we debuted a couple of tracks from the 'War Machine' album. It was that day we realised we had something quite special on our hands.

It was also that day that we saw Ronnie James Dio live for the last time. He sang his heart out with Heaven and Hell. Incredible singer, incredible voice. Little did any of us know he wouldn't be with us twelve months later.

So my third time at Sweden Rock was going to be hard to top. Also because of our scheduling, we had to fly out that same day to get to Donington so I missed most of the bands. The only band I saw any of was Phil Anselmo's Down. And I'm so glad I did catch that bit. Wow, what a band, what a frontman and what a voice!

I'd seen Pantera back in the day (they blew Megadeth offstage at Hammersmith Odeon) and Anselmo was powerful back then. But now with the experience and wisdom of a few more years in the game, he's turned into a monster of a singer... then just as I was thinking, this'll be a great day out, we had to get ourselves out of there to go to...

Download Festival, Donington England

This was probably the best festival bill for my taste. Saturday, stage two was full of great bands - Mr Big (of course), Rise to Remain, Clutch, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper. How do you pick between them? But there were two bands that stole it for me and I really can't pick between them so they'll get joint first place.

Dio Disciples, what's all that about eh? I was kind of sceptical about this whole thing: Dio's band, without the late great man himself, doing some covers of his songs with two singers. Sorry but on paper that didn't do it for me. I was expecting to watch a song, yawn and go off a bit depressed that it had to come to this. But no, somehow they maintained their dignity and pulled it off magnificently.

It helped that the crowd weren't as hard to please as me and as soon as they started with 'Stand Up And Shout', the audience loved them. Of course we all miss Ronnie, but nothing can bring him back so let's enjoy the music he left us. That is the point of the band and they put it across so well. Craig Goldy, Simon Wright... and new boy James Lomenzo pulled out the songs we wanted to hear exactly how we wanted to hear them, note for note and pummelling.

I say new boy, James Lomenzo may be a newboy to this band but is of course no new boy to rock. Its hard to think of a cool band he hasn't played bass for at one time or another - Megadeth, David Lee Roth, Ozzy Osbourne, Pride and Glory, Badlands, Frehley's Comet, not to mention White Lion where he first came to attention and now Dio Disciples. How does he keep getting these gigs? I found out how - by being really good at his job and a very nice bloke too. Good combination!

Then onto the singers. How was anyone going to replace RJD in his own band? We all know Ripper's a good Metal singer and that Toby Jepson led Little Angles to chart topping success a few years back but replacing Ronnie? No, surely not?

They way they did it was by NOT replacing him.

They didn't try to out-Dio each other. They sang the parts, often in harmony but in their own styles. Not doing impersonations of his unique voice but in their own voices staying true to the spirit (and notes) of the originals and all done with the greatest respect for the man himself. He'd have been proud. I was.

The other band on that stage that blew me away was Twisted F*cking Sister. They've not changed a bit since day one. Still as angry, still as in your face and still as rocking. You can't stop rock and roll and you can't stop Twisted Sister either. I wouldn't like to go on after a band like this.

Every song is an anthem. And every line is delivered like its the first time Dee's done this. His energy and presence is literally awesome, not in that lame way of "that's awesome dude" but in its original meaning of he inspires awe in those around him. Don't get in his way, from song one its clear the kids are indeed back.

The Animal pounds the bass, Jay Jay and Fingers peel out the twin harmony licks and AJ is so under-rated. People may not expect this but AJ Pero has one of the best grooves of any Metal drummer I've heard. Put these five guys together and you be hard pressed to find a better band on any festival bill.

Gods Of Metal, Milan Italy

There wasn't going to be a lot of competition here. David Coverdale's Whitesnake were here to conquer, and the man himself walked onstage like he knew it all along. "Bueno Sierra, Italy! Here's a song for Ya!"... and off they went into 'Best Years Of My Life'. Great stuff.

Hit after hit, 'Love Ain't No Stranger', 'Slide it In', 'Here I Go Again', the new 'Love Will Set You Free' and of course 'Still of the Night'. Every moment brought a smile to my face.

The only criticism I'd have of the set was the length of the band members' solo spots. But even then that can only be a slight criticism because when you've got musicians the calibre of guitarists Doug Aldritch and Reb Beach and drummer Brian Titchy, solo spots are a real treat, musically and also entertainment wise. I just thought maybe if those solo spots had been one minute shorter each, they could have slipped 'Crying In The Rain' into the set.

I'm really small picking holes in a near perfect show now. I got to see a great Whitesnake show, and what did I want? More Whitesnake of course. There's no pleasing some people is there?

Sonisphere, Basel Switzerland

This was another festival that we had to run out of to get to the next one in time so I didn't get to see any other bands, which was a shame because Iron Maiden were on our stage later. I did get to see a bit of Limp Bizkit, who were, well, pretty limp actually. But I guess from their name that that's how they like it. I'm just gutted I missed Maiden.

Noc Pina Hvzd Festival, Trinec Czech Republic

Mr Big were the only international touring band in the bill. Clearly headliners in billing and performance. The local bands didn't come close. There was no second position, it was a yawning chasm between the headliners and anyone else. But there was a third place, these local bands can pull a few surprises of their own.

The best of them was the Czech Republic's own Citron. Naming a Metal band after a piece of fruit is rarely a good move, but we'll overlook that in favour of their riffage. Power Metal in the style of Accept or Sinner, with all the power and Metal that goes with the genre.

They were clearly local favourites, the crowd loved them and seemed to know every word. They sang in Czech so every word was a bit of mystery to me but if you're one of those people who cares nothing for lyrics and just loves the Metal for Metal's sake, check (or should that be Czech?) them out. Highly recommended.

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Well that's my festivals so far this Summer... next stop Metal Hammer Festival, Katowice Poland with Tank and Judas Priest, then Lillehammer Festival, Norway with Tank, Thin Lizzy and UFO. Bring on the Metal!!

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sex pistols SEX, DRUGS, ROCK N' ROLL, FASHION, CRIME, POLITICS: UK SCREENINGS OF 'ANARCHY! THE McLAREN WESTWOOD GANG' HERE
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pink floyd PINK FLOYD TO RELEASE MAMMOTH 27-DISC BOX-SET IN NOVEMBER
Pink Floyd delve into their vast music archive to produce a deluxe package that includes seven individual book-style volumes...

devilment DEVILMENT, FEATURING DANI FILTH, TO TOUR THE UK IN DECEMBER
"It's going to be awesome touring this in our home nation just before Xmas. We literally can't wait; the shows are going to be insane!"

a7x AVENGED SEVENFOLD, DISTURBED AND IN FLAMES TO TOUR UK IN JANUARY
The tour hits eight UK cities between 10th and 21st January and tickets are on sale right now...

hellyeah HELLYEAH HONOUR DIMEBAG IN NEW "MUST SEE" VIDEO OF PHIL COLLINS SONG
"...and he's, like, 'Dude, you're gonna be singing this song for the rest of your life."

opeth OPETH UNVEIL FIRST TRACK FROM FORTHCOMING NEW ALBUM: LISTEN HERE
"We're happy with the tune. It's heavy, a bit 'meat and potato' but what the hell... we love it! Hope you do too!"

led zeppelin RANDY CALIFORNIA'S ESTATE APPEAL LED ZEPPELIN 'STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN' VERDICT
The jury agreed with the defence's argument that the chord progression was "commonplace” and dated back centuries

iron maiden WATCH IRON MAIDEN'S NEW ED FORCE ONE SPECIAL VIDEO RIGHT HERE
"In this guise, with Iron Maiden down the side of it, it just blows the doors off ever other plane on the planet..."

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA TO PLAY TWO SHOWS AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL
The Royal Albert Hall concerts will feature a hand-picked group of world-class musicians playing material from his latest album plus classic Bonamassa fan favourites...

winterstorm festival TROON - ARE YOU READY TO ROCK? WINTER STORM FESTIVAL IS ANNOUNCED
A new rock festival is heading to the Scottish seaside town of Troon in South Ayrshire this November...

blues festival FORMER WHITESNAKE MAN ANNOUNCED FOR THE GREAT BRITISH RHYTHM AND BLUES FESTIVAL
"We are really excited about the changes we are making and hope they will attract a wider audience..."

armored saint ARMORED SAINT TO HEADLINE OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST KICK-OFF PARTY
The September 23rd pre-festival concert includes a night of performances from Armored Saint, Havok, Exmortus and Thrown Into Exile...

new england EXCLUSIVE: NEW ENGLAND ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER TOUR DATES INCLUDING JAPAN
New England have announced tour dates in support of last year's vinyl release 'I Know There`s Something Here' and upcoming album 'Live At The Regent Theater...

british lion STEVE HARRIS' BRITISH LION TO HEADLINE PLANET ROCKSTOCK
"Fundamentally, it's still rock, and if you see it live, it's really powerful live..."

second relation SECOND RELATION PREMIERE TITLE TRACK OF FORTHCOMING THIRD ALBUM 'ENO'
Austrian prog rockers Second Relation's new single and video is premiering today and it's got Europe in a buzz...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOUNCE SECOND LONDON SHOW ON CO-HEADLINE TOUR
"Our show at Our Black Heart in London has sold out in ten days, which is fantastic! How quickly could this one sell out?"

thunder THUNDER PLAN TO GIVE THE GAME AWAY WITH A NEW BOOK
The band plan to launch the book at an event being held as part of the 'Louder Than Words' literary festival in Manchester on Saturday 12th November.

rudolf schenker SCHENKERS AT WAR: RUDOLF BREAKS HIS SILENCE ON MICHAEL'S ACCUSATIONS
"He's a trick master, and he's a wannabe. And that's it. He can do whatever he wants..."

jon oliva SAVATAGE MAINMAN JON OLIVA RECOVERING FROM STROKE
"I lived the rock n' roll lifestyle since I was 18. It's all I knew and I enjoyed the ride very much..."

ramblin man RAMBLIN' MAN FAIR 2017 DATES ANNOUNCED PLUS WHO WE THINK COULD HEADLINE NEXT YEAR
After what was probably the best rockin' weekend of the year so far, we didn't have to wait long before we could start planning for the 2017 rematch...

airbourne AIRBOURNE ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER HEADLINE UK TOUR
The band will play ten UK date beginning in Portsmouth and Norwich on November 17th and finish off with two nights at The Electric Ballroom in Camden, London...

black stone cherry BLACK STONE CHERRY ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
"We have never done anything like this before and we knew the UK was the only place to do it. That's all we're gonna say about it!"

gary rossington LYNYRD SKYNYRD UPDATE WITH MORE CANCELLATIONS DUE TO GARY ROSSINGTON ILLNESS
"Currently the band hopes to resume touring on Thursday 4th August at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands..."

extreme EXTREME CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF 'PORNOGRAFFITI' ALBUM WITH 'PORNOGRAFFITI LIVE 25/METAL MELTDOWN'
"Some of these songs were never played live before so we had to go back and relearn them for the tour."

ozzy osbourne OZZY OSBOURNE: "I'M NOT HAPPY BEING SOBER"
"It scares me. I hear all the time people say that they have another drink in them but they may not have another sobriety in them..."

paul rodgers IT'S NOT ALL RIGHT NOW! PAUL RODGERS SUES DONALD TRUMP
"We will make America great again. God bless you and good night, I love you."

heavy metal HEAVY METAL HELPS PEOPLE DEAL WITH MORTALITY ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL STUDY
"Metal music can be seen as cultural good for fans and thereby can form part of their social identity."

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD STILL RUNNING DOWN THE HIGHWAY: PHIL, MIKKEY AND EDDIE ALL GEARED UP FOR FORTHCOMING DATES
"Every snare hit I do from now on until the end of my career will be a small tribute to Lemmy..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN'S STEVE HARRIS DROPS THE PRICE OF HIS ESSEX MANSION BY £1MILLION
The eight-bedroom mansion was on the market for £6.75million in 2012 but it's "guide price" is now a mere £3.95million...

hrh aor ALL GUNS BLAZING FOR NEW HRH AOR 5 ANNOUNCEMENT
Phil Lewis & Tracii Guns unite under the L.A. Guns banner once again for next year's HRH AOR 5 being held next March at Camp HRH in North Wales...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE 'LIVE AT THE NEC' DVD ON THE WAY: FAREWELL JON, WELCOME DON
The two share keyboard duties during the night in a very fitting "passing-of-the-torch" moment...

status quo ROCK 'TIL YOU DROP WITH STATUS QUO 1981-1986 VINYL BOX SET
In addition to the studio albums the box set will include an extra disc of b-sides and extended mixes...

zz top ZZ TOP TO RELEASE THEIR VERY FIRST OFFICIAL LIVE ALBUM IN SEPTEMBER
"In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades..."

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG "SPECIAL TIME" HAS COME WITH NEW RELEASE
"The new Tygers album is finished, done and dusted and ready to unleash on our 'Tygertastic' audience. You're gonna love this one, it's a MONSTER..."

andy fraser ANDY FRASER OF FREE'S LAST RECORDING WITH SAIICHI SUGIYAMA ONLINE HERE
"'Melting Away' became one of Andy's last recordings. He still had so much to offer and I was really looking forward to continuing to work with him."

ritchie blackmore RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW TO PLAY AGAIN BUT WITH LESS DEEP PURPLE SONGS
"I would do probably ninety-five percent Rainbow songs; that's what they seem to want to hear. And it didn't occur to me. I just naturally assumed they wanted to hear everything."

saxon EXCLUSIVE: THIS IS WHAT OUR FAVOURITE ROCKERS THINK OF THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
Comment from Saxon, Slash, Thunder, Iron Maiden, Uli Jon Roth, Hawkwind, Cher, Johnny Rotten, Machine Head And More...

beyond the black UK EXCLUSIVE: BEYOND THE BLACK SINGER JENNIFER HABEN IS LOST IN FOREVER AS FIVE MEMBERS DEPART THE BAND
"I have enjoyed the time together with the guys very much and am grateful for everything we have achieved together in Germany. I am currently looking for new colleagues..."

cats in space CATS IN SPACE SET TO RELEASE SLADE CLASSIC WITH DANNY BOWES OF THUNDER ON GUEST VOCALS
"It's is one of my favourite Slade songs, so when they asked me to sing on their version it took me a good second and a half to say yes..."

guns n roses WAS BREAKING NEWS: GUNS N' ROSES ADD MORE TOUR DATES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
The Gunners' newly announced dates are for South America with ten dates in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Colombia with more to be announced soon...

keith moon YOU WON'T GET FOOLED WITH OFFICIAL KEITH MOON COMMEMORATIVE DRUM HEAD
Manufactured as a special, custom product by Remo, these 14" high-gloss drum heads are a perfect collector's item for true fans of the legendary drummer and The Who...

the answer WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE ANSWER AND THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER UK TOUR
"The fact that we get to debut this new material with our mates The Dead Daisies just adds to the rush we're currently experiencing. You really don't want to miss this one!"

ian gillan IAN GILLAN SAYS: "IT'S A WONDERFUL THING, VINYL..." WITH NEW COLLECTION ABOUT TO BE RELEASED
"You just bought something significant, not easily disposable. And look at the sleeves - aren't they cool..."

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY: "THE LYRICS ON THE TITLE TRACK ARE SOME OF SPIKE'S BEST EVER!"
"I approached the songwriting from a different angle and it felt good. There's a lot of passion there."

48 hours 48 HOURS TO ROCK THE UK TO A CITY OF ASHES
"We're hitting the road in September for a co-headline tour with our broseph's City Of Ashes! This will be one of the unsigned tours of the year!"

hammerfall WAS BREAKING NEWS: LIVE LIFE LOUD WITH HAMMERFALL ON 2017 EUROPEAN TOUR: NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY
"We can't wait to get back on stage again to have a gigantic Heavy Metal party every night with all our Templar friends!"

joe perry AEROSMITH GUITARIST JOE PERRY REPORTEDLY SUFFERS HEART ATTACK DURING HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES GIG
"Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry," Alice Cooper wrote. "He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care."

onslaught ONSLAUGHT, BEHOLDER AND ANIHILATED TOUR PROMISES TO BE A TOUR DE FORCE
"By the time we hit the road in November it will be well over two-and-a-half years since we did the last run and we feel the time is now right..."

arw ARW (JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN) ANNOUNCE BAND FOR UPCOMING WORLD TOUR
"I have played with arguably the three greatest bass players ever and I can't wait to play with one of them again!"

marillion MARILLION UNVEIL 'THE NEW KINGS' FROM FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM 'FEAR'
'The New Kings' can also be heard on Marillion's current tour which starts on Monday 11th July in Barcelona...

michael des barres AN AMERICAN WRITER ASKS WHY IT TAKES A BRITISH EX-PAT TO ASK, "WHAT'S GOING ON?" MICHAEL DES BARRES HAS THE ANSWER
This incendiary cover of Marvin Gaye's classic confronts America's issues in an incredibly timely and head-on manner...

freedom call FREEDOM CALL RELEASE A NEW METAL HYMN 'HAMMER OF THE GODS', AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW
The trademark bold vocal harmonies remain. The track is taken from forthcoming opus 'Master Of Light'...

guns n roses STEVEN ADLER JOINS GUNS N' ROSES ON STAGE IN OHIO: FOUR FIFTHS OF 'APPETITE' LINE-UP PLAY TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1990
"On the drums, you might know this guy. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Steven Adler..."

ac dc AC/DC BASSIST CLIFF WILLIAMS TO RETIRE AFTER ROCK OR BUST WORLD TOUR: "IT'S BEEN SURREAL"
"AC/DC has been... you know, just... I don't know what else I would wanna do. I love the music and I love playing in the band, and I'm all filled up..."

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES USE THEIR ILLUSION TO SILENCE THE DOUBTERS WITH US TOUR GOING SO FINE
Axl is clearly in his element on this tour, running across the stage to jump on the monitors mid-song and displaying all the panache of a man completely on top of his game...

stray del bromham STRAY TO ROAM AROUND THE UK ON TOUR INCLUDING A RARE REUNION OF THE ORIGINAL LINE-UP
No need to move a mountain as both Stray and Del Bromham's Blues Devils are on their way to a venue near you...

amorettes THE AMORETTES ANNOY THE NEIGHBOURS WITH RAUCOUS NEW SINGLE
'Let The Neighbours Call The Cops' was co- written by vocalist Gill Montgomery and Black Star Riders front man Ricky Warwick...

eagles of death metal WAS BREAKING NEWS: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL WANT YOU SO BAD ON TWO UK DATES IN AUGUST
This is EODM's first visit to the UK since the band were caught up in the terrible events at The Bataclan Theatre in Paris back in November 2015...

soil SOiL 'SHINE ON' THE UK WITH COMPREHENSIVE TOUR
"We are looking forward to seeing some new places and making some new friends this time around..."

acid reign ACID REIGN GET IN FESTIVE MOOD EARLY WITH SPECIAL GIG ANNOUNCEMENT
'Tis the season to Thrash as Acid Reign team up with Shrapnel with far from obnoxious results...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAST MOBILE RPG GAME IS OUT NOW
"We've always wanted to make a quality Maiden mobile game as we think the combination of Eddie and the music is so well suited..."

rick parfitt status quo EXCLUSIVE: STATUS QUO'S RICK PARFITT SEEMS TO BE 'FINE FINE FINE' AS HE IS SPOTTED OUT AND ABOUT
Following the recent health scare a picture has emerged online of him taking a walk in Kingston over the weekend...

bullet for my valentine BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TO PLAY 'THE POISON' IN FULL FOR THE FIRST EVER TIME
"We promised you something special right? See 'The Poison' played in full for the first time in Manchester! Tickets on sale now here..."

alter bridge WAS BREAKING NEWS: ALTER BRIDGE TO HEADLINE ARENAS ACROSS EUROPE THIS WINTER WITH GOJIRA AND VOLBEAT
This will be their biggest headline tour yet with twenty-four dates across fifteen countries, kicking off on November 4th 2016

the mission WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAUHAUS FRONTMAN PETER MURPHY TO GUEST WITH THE MISSION ON THEIR 30th ANNIVERSARY UK TOUR
"Peter's appearance will help make these shows the special events that we always wanted and hoped they'd be..."

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN ILLUSTRATOR DESIGNS SHIRT FOR ONE DIRECTION'S ZAYN MALIK, MAIDEN LAUNCH THIRD TROOPER BEER AND HI-ON-MAIDEN TO HEADLINE PICCSTOCK
A full-bodied beer using a blend of chocolate and crystal malts to give "a roasted malt and caramel backbone with hints of liquorice and honey"...

bruce dickinson BRUCE DICKINSON TO TAKE PART IN TOP GEAR STYLE CHARITY ROAD TRIP
"The enthusiasm from the group is amazing which will lend itself to making it an unforgettable trip..."

anvil WAS BREAKING NEWS: ANVIL ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
Anvil will not only be playing dates in Scotland and Wales but also English towns which rarely see major international artists, such as Huddersfield, Doncaster and Grimsby.

status quo IT'S TIME TO GET 'DOWN DOWN' TO BUTLINS AS SECOND STATUS QUO FAN CLUB CONVENTION IS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will feature live music from ex-Quo drummer John Coghlan and his band with long time friend of the band, Jackie Lynton also scheduled to appear...

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