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  ROCK IN RIO 2013 - PART 1
Nando Souza


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Of course MetalTalk.net was at Rock in Rio. There would be no chance that the biggest Metal online magazine in the UK would miss that chance. The thing is, we had such a massive hangover from all those Caipirinhas we had there that it took us two months to recover from that and post our review of the festival.

Apart from its name, Rock In Rio is not all about Rock. It's a seven day festival which includes all kinds of music and rock just seems to be one of them.

This year, the Brazilian crowd was fortunate. They had two days considered to be the 'Metal day', one headlined by Metallica and the last day of the festival was headlined by Iron Maiden.

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Thursday 19 September:
Sunset Stage

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The Sunset stage is to express artistic freedom. This area of the Rock In Rio set up will be for meetings of established artists and some of the most praised new names in music from around the world. On the Sunset, the artist has complete freedom to dare and realize an old dream of sharing the stage with a particular colleague.

República, Dr. Sin and Roy Z

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Republic, Dr. Sin and Roy Z fulfill the role of warming up the audience. Brazilian bands and American guitarist/producer opened the Sunset Stage on the first day of metal in the festival.

The faithful metal audience was hungry for their metal - dry guitar riffs, straight bass lines, powerful drums and solos, many solos. The legendary Brazilian band Dr. Sin joined forces with Republica and the extraordinary guitarist and producer Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson Judas Priest, Halford). They knew how to give the audience exactly what they wanted, with competence, and lots of energy. Thus, they achieved some incendiary moments, but it was clear – for what we saw of the reaction of the audience and also by what he heard on stage - the show fulfilled its role of warming the crowd for what was about to happen later that night.

Roy Z gave an interview after the show which you can check out here:



Here's some footage of the gig itself:





Of course they also played two covers. Check them out:





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Almah + Hibria

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Almah and Hibria look great in their black shirts and earn their applause. Despite the limited repertoire, representatives of the national metal command the headbangers present at this moment.

Almah and Hibria. Who? The heavy metal audience that had occupied much of the space in front of the Sunset Stage seemed to know very well that the first is the new band of singer Edu Falaschi, the very one that caused the enormous controversy in a lousy show with Angra at Rock in Rio 2011 and soon left the band alleging that Angra songs were not written for his type of voice) and the second, a quintet from the south of Brazil with certain international fame.

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Blondie Edu and 'his' Almah started the show, to applause and cheers from the audience. Despite the competence of the band, the sound was confusing, and the quality of songs like 'Trace Of Trait' and 'Hypnotized' are unsatisfactory. Then, Hibria followed, led by bald singer Iuri Sanson, and they sounded a much more cohesive band with songs like 'Silent Revenge' and 'Silence Will Make You Suffer' (it's curious that such a loud band write songs about silence), to a great audience reaction.

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At the end, they all joined forces to play 'Rock And Roll' by Led Zeppelin. Here's some footage:





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Sebastian Bach

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Sebastian Bach entertains with good music and 'blunders'. The former lead singer of Skid Row experiments with sentences in Portuguese and reminds us of the hits of his old band.

Sebastian Bach knows how to play with the crowd. Speaking more phrases in Portuguese than most Brazilian bands that played at Rock in Rio, the former lead singer of Skid Row made an exhilarating show at the Sunset Stage with a good setlist, and a competent and powerful execution of his band, and especially for constant blunders. As a pop star, he knows how to explore the theatricality inherent to metal music, taking it to extremes, with the ability to put himself in the exact point between irony and seriousness.

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Announced - with great exaggeration - by Zé Ricardo, Sunset Stage host, as "one of the greatest artists of the world", Sebastian Bach stepped on the stage with lots of energy and a hardcore punch to the sound of 'Slave To The Grind' (from his Skid Row phase). And now the guy showed his arsenal: spinning the microphone by the wire over his head as he bangs his smooth hair, always finishing songs in a shrill cry, the shouted hoarse singing (which begins to show signs of tiredness), the frantic fingers asking for clapping, requesting the audience to punch the air, and (last but not least) a bunch of phrases in Portuguese:

— Nósestamosmuitofelizes de "astar" com vocês.

Or:

— Meunome é Schumann.

Or:

— Todomundopulando "camigo" — repetia, emulating some type of metal IveteSangalo (pop Brazilian singer).

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Requests to jump along or sing along were almost always during the Skid Row hits like 'I Remember You', 'Monkey Business' and the greatest of all, '18 And Life'. The setlist also wandered through his solo work, songs like 'Here I Am' and 'American Metalhead' (of which he suggested the name change to 'Brazilian Metalhead').

The funniest moment of the gig was when he wore a wig (some sort of advertising), one of the gifts distributed to the audience. With the same excitement, the public embraced his music, which travels through classic rock, hard rock and even a certain pop appeal, despite the heavy sound.

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Here's some footage of the show:







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World Stage

The World Stage, the primary musical area at the festival hosts the main acts and headliners.

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Sepultura, Tambours du Bronx

Sepultura and Tambours du Bronx demonstrate percussive force to open the night. The bands rely on drums and heavy guitars to win over the audience at the first show of the World Stage.

The great success of the Sunset stage in the last Rock in Rio, the meeting of the largest Brazilian metal group, Sepultura, with the percussive French combo Tambours du Bronx won the right to perform at the World Stage this year. And they came with everything to repeat on a larger scale their demonstration of pure power.

Shortly after the fireworks, they hit the stage playing 'Kaiowas' a track from the 1990s, then 'Spectrum' brought Andreas Kisser's guitar imbued with an absurd heavy sound to complete the massive attack of bass frequencies, and causing the audience to make a sea of Horns.

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One of Sepultura's successes was missing: 'Refuse/Resist', another one from the 1990s which had an enthusiastic response from the audience. It was one of the great instrumental moments of the show, with a festival of guitar riffs and bass lines by Paulo Jr., a perfect wedding with the drums - the Bronx and Sepultura's drummer, Eloy Casagrande.

Before 'Sepulnation', Andreas took the microphone to make his political call: "Let's show the world that Brazil is not sleeping". And he offered an attack of guitars and drums. Soon after, the Tambours showed one of their songs, 'Delirium', which reinforced the impression that, although the strength of the sound (with lead singer Derrick Green screaming with his monster voice) and an overwhelming visual spectacle, it lacked a little musical substance.

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A version without many attractions of 'Firestarter' (by English electronic rock group Prodigy) and a tangled 'Territory' by the excess of drums did not diverted the route of the steamroller formed by the union of the bands. Before the audience gave up to exhaustion, they played the main Sepultura hit, 'Roots Bloody Roots', with a kind of metallic touch made with berimbau. With strength and will, Sepultura and Tambours du Bronx set firein the metal night of Rock in Rio.
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Ghost

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Father forgive for I have sinned. I completely neglected Pope Hemeritus II and his Nameless Ghouls and I did not write any review of this show for I desperately needed to rest for the rest of the night. However, from what I could hear in the distance, it could have easily been the worst gig of the festival.

Alice In Chains

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With a show based on their dark album 'Dirt'(1992), the band presented a very efficient and friendly version of themselves.

Few bands besides Alice In Chains might say they had upon their heads a black cloud for so long. In their last appearance in Rio, two decades ago, what we saw was a group literally fighting for survival. With the repertoire of the then newly released album 'Dirt' (1992), the album group trudged across the stage with their gloomy, heavy, desperate - and great songs. Without vocalist Layne Staley (lost to drug problems in 2002), the group appeared recreated at Rock in Rio, with the same musicians from before - guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney. Now with vocalist William DuVall (who joined Alice in Chains in 2006 and has recorded two albums), they did a typical arena show exciting, almost happy, based on the repertoire of 'Dirt'.

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The vigorous and accelerated 'Them Bones' and 'Dam That River', from the 1992 album, opened the show by putting much of the public to jump. 'Hollow' (from the new album, 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs In Here') slowed the mood down a little bit, with its heavy and repetitive riff. The excitement only returned with 'Man In The Box' a MTV hit of group's first album, 'Facelift' - and the public (adults and teenagers) sang as if it was 1991.

Even without being exactly heavy metal, Alice In Chains showed a heavier sound, anchored in incredibly solid bass lines and Inez Cantrell's virtuoso style - who may have lost his long hair, but still plays fine. DuVall, in turn, proved once again a perfect vocal clone of Layne Staley, without half the trouble, much more friendly and communicative.

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The show continued with 'Nutshell' from the album 'Dirt' that the group dedicated to Staley and Mike Starr, bassist who recorded the album, quit the band and then died, a victim of drug overdose in 2011. 'We Die Young' brought more memories of 'Facelift' and from the beginning of the band on MTV and then 'Stone' from the irregular new album. After that, it was a celebration of 'Dirt' songs: 'Down In A Hole', the intense 'Would?' and, in a moment of total catharsis, 'Rooster'. Even without Layne Staley, Alice In Chains decided to win and broaden their audience and, thus, made their darkness dissipate. They are still a great band.

Here's some footage of the show:

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Metallica

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With many songs and some flames, Metallica warms the crowd. In a show that had 18 songs, the audience sang them all from the heaviest ones to the most commercial.

The crowd was already impatient when the screens started showing, at 12.35am, the preamble to the Metallica show, a clip of the movie 'Three Men In Conflict' with the orchestral song 'The Ecstasy Of Gold' by Ennio Morricone. Immediately, the crowd went nuts and started to sing along the melodies until the band played the first riffs of 'Hit The Lights' and then 'Master Of Puppets', from the beginning of their career, when their sound was still labelled as thrash metal. Whoever saw the presentation on TV may not have noticed, but it was amazing the amount of people who sang the lyrics of these songs from 1983 to 1986. It's important to say that those songs were never played on radio or MTV.

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Before the third song, the singer and guitarist James Hetfield addressed the audience saying it was great to go to work and come face to face with a crowd like that, adding that he could not call what he does "work". In a great mood, he communicated with the fans, even if it's just in English. At one point, he asked, "are you ready?" To which the crowd shouted "yes". So he replied: "I was talking to my bandmates."

The lead guitarist, Kirk Hammett, also had some fun, playing themes of 'Superman' and 'Star Wars' (by John Williams) between the tracks 'Harvester Of Sorrow' and 'The Day That Never Comes'. When playing the latter, there was a delay between Kirk and Hetfield, one of the few mistakes of the night. This ballad, incidentally, was the only thing taken from their latest album 'Death Magnetic' (2008).

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The other 17 songs were much older, going no further than the famous 'Black Album' (1991), with the exception of 'The Memory Remains'. Often when talking to the audience, Hetfield used the term "Metallica family" to refer to all who were there. The fans reciprocated with chants for both faster and heavier songs, such as 'Seek And Destroy', and for the most commercials ones like 'Nothing Else Matters'. The drummer, Lars Ulrich, as usual, ended up playing a few songs, hitting the plates with the sticks while standing up, and bassist Robert Trujillo wandered around the stage and twirled with his instrument.

Without choreographed steps or fashion hits, the band played an exciting show only with its music and charisma. Well, there were some pyros and fireworks on 'One', which recreates an atmosphere of war with explosions on stage, 'Blackened' and 'Enter Sandman'. But flares, fires and explosions are worthy at a heavy metal gig and they were not used as a distraction to cover musical deficiencies. Playback was used. But it was only in very short introductions such as 'Wherever I May Roam' or '... And Justice For All'.

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One criticism that radical hipsters like to make about Rock in Rio is about the overwhelming presence of artists with decades of road experience, especially on the World Stage. On Thursday, the band that opened and closed that stage would fit that profile. Both Sepultura (Tambours du Bronx accompanied by Sepultura) and Metallica are veterans and had played in the 2011 edition. But the supporting band was Ghost, a new band, which has been hyped and has visual and audible originality.

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Well, after playing eight songs, Hetfield (who is an assumed Ghost fan) said he had seen Ghost's show and asked the audience's opinion. The reaction was negative. Hetfield joked: "Poor Ghost! You were frightened, as I understand it's like a Mass!". The fact is that Metallica fans, after more than two hours of show, went home much happier and, as Hetfield made sure to remember they have been in business for 32 years.

Click here to watch the complete Metallica show from Rock in Rio 2013:



All fotos taken from the oficial Rock in Rio Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RockInRio.

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destruction EUROPE UNDER ATTACK! DESTRUCTION, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, NERVOSA ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR
Thrash metal icons Destruction are set to fire their new missile of heavy 'Under Attack' on May 13th via Nuclear Blast Records...

grand magus GRAND MAGUS RELEASE NEW TRACK 'FORGED IN IRON - CROWNED IN STEEL'
"Metalheads! Grand Magus are back. We are proud to unleash this iron-clad anthem, we give you... VARANGIAN!"

tyler bryant TYLER BRYANT AND THE SHAKEDOWN SPECIAL UK HEADLINE WARM-UP DATE FOR AC/DC EUROPEAN TOUR CONFIRMED
Unleashing their high-proof blend of melody, muscle and psychedelic mystique to well in excess of 600,000 riff-hungry fans across 12 different countries...

klogr MUSE, TOOL, STONE SOUR, RUSH PRODUCER FOR KLOGR'S NEXT ALBUM PLUS NEW MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE
Italian progressive metal band unveil the final music video from 'Make Your Stand'...

rage RAGE REVEAL LYRIC VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK 'SPIRITS OF THE NIGHT' PLUS NEW ALBUM TRAILERS
Iconic German metal trio Rage are set to release their new studio album 'The Devil Strikes Again' on June 10th...

bon scott LIFE-SIZED STATUE OF AC/DC LEGEND BON SCOTT UNVEILED IN KIRRIEMUIR
The bronze statue is the result of a two-year crowdfunding campaign which was supported by AC/DC and the band's former bass player Mark Evans officially unveiled it...

mikkey dee BREAKING NEWS: SAXON WITH PHIL CAMPBELL AND MIKKEY DEE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO LEMMY AT GOLDEN GODS, HAMMERSMITH ODEON
Ticket price is a very reasonable £6.66 with all proceeds going to Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust, and Childline...

mikkey dee BREAKING NEWS: MOTÖRHEAD'S MIKKEY DEE ANNOUNCED AS SCORPIONS DRUMMER
"We would like to continue our Return to Forever tour with James, but we have to realize that his health is priority..."

alex dickson gun BREAKING NEWS: ALEX DICKSON REJOINS GUN
As exclusively predicted by MetalTalk last week, guitarist Alex Dickson has re-joined Scottish rockers Gun...

cockney rejects WEST HAM UNITED TRIBUTE 'GOODBYE UPTON PARK' TO BE RELEASED BY COCKNEY REJECTS
"We were all born within a mile or so from the hallowed Boleyn ground and have all stood on the terraces through snow, rain and sunshine from a very early age."

ac/dc AC/DC RELEASE TICKET REFUND DETAILS FOR MOST EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
If you don't want a refund, then we'll see you at The Olympic Stadium in London as we think we're about to witness a major piece of rock history...

deep purple IAN PAICE AND DON AIREY SCHEDULE SOLO EUROPEAN DATES AS 2016 DEEP PURPLE TOUR APPROACHES
Deep Purple are kicking off their 2016 tour next month in Japan, before heading to Israel, Russia and Europe in June and July.

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT TO RELEASE 'THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE LIVE IN LIVERPOOL', HIS ACOLYTE TO 'WOLFLIGHT' WITH GENESIS REVISITED TOUR
"Besides, it's not as if Liverpool is known for having any good music – there's never been a good band from there. Ha!"

lacuna coil LACUNA COIL LAUNCH NEW ALBUM TITLE TRACK 'DELIRIUM'
Lacuna Coil will be making their much-anticipated return to North America as part of the 'Delirium Worldwide' tour starting in San Francisco on May 7th

bibeau YOUNG, PROGRESSIVE BAND BIBEAU OFFER THEIR FIRST SINGLE/VIDEO, 'MARK THIS'
"We were also hoping to convey the look, feel and flow of some of the classic, timeless rock and metal videos from the height of MTV's popularity..."

virginmarys THE VIRGINMARYS ANNOUNCE HEADLINE UK TOUR FOR JUNE 2016
"It's going to be so great to get back in front of our home fans again, and really important to us to play some of the towns we've been wanting to come back to..."

weapon uk WEAPON UK TO HEADLINE THE RETRIBUTION ALIVE ROAD TRIP IN MAY
"They toured with Motörhead in the 80s, including four sold out shows at the Hammersmith Odean and I have to say, we're pretty excited about this!"

headbangers ball ICED EARTH AND ENSIFERUM TO HEADLINE MTV HEADBANGERS BALL TOUR 2016: FULL DATES HERE
"So brace yourselves for the ultimate Metal experience of a lifetime! See you in front row!"

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK ADDS MORE BANDS, DETAILS METAL 2 THE MASSES FINALS AND ANNOUNCES FIRST NEW BLOOD STAGE WINNERS
Bloodstock HQ is readying to send Team M2TM out on the road for the finals, but in the meantime, there's a few more band additions to the August bill

dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN DATES FOR JULY/AUGUST IN SUPPORT OF NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'MAKE SOME NOISE'
The Dead Daisies, the biggest new name in Rock, have just recently announced the addition of Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) as their new lead guitar player

wolf hoffmann WOLF HOFFMANN TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM 'HEADBANGERS SYMPHONY' ON JULY 1st
"I have always incorporated classical music in my song writing with Accept, especially with 'Metal Heart', but I constantly felt there was so much more that I could do..."

jaegermeister JÄGERMEISTER RELEASE FULL DOCUMENTARY OF WORLD'S FIRST MUSIC GIG ON AIR, SEA AND LAND
"We go bigger every year and because of the nature of this world first this gig was not only a test of friendship but one of supporting each other too..."

john otway JOHN OTWAY PLANNING ON BEING FIRST ARTIST SINCE THE ROLLING STONES TO RECORD IN MONTSERRAT
"Although the old Air Studios are now derelict the studio in the basement of Sir George Martin's house is sound – it just needs rebuilding..."

fates warning FATES WARNING - NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'THEORIES OF FLIGHT' ANNOUNCED, ARTWORK UNVEILED
"There's a loose theme running through a lot of the lyrics, and this developed organically and separately..."

amon amarth RAISE YOUR HORNS AND BE IN AMON AMARTH'S NEW MUSIC VIDEO
Swedish Heavy Metal goliaths Amon Amarth are inviting their fans around the globe to be a part of their forthcoming video...

sixx am SIXX:A.M. ANNOUNCE THE "#REASONTORISE" CAMPAIGN, TOUR DATES AND 'VOL.1 PRAYERS FOR THE DAMNED' DETAILS
"It is our duty as citizens of this world to come together, communicate with one another and rise up to demand more of ourselves and our leaders."

armored saint ARMORED SAINT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN FESTIVAL AND CLUB APPEARANCES
"For our first time in Spain, it's gonna be sick! And as if this wasn't enough - Saint is playing for the first time ever in Japan..."

black country communion BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION TO REFORM IN 2017
"Preparing BCC Rocket Ship Re-launch for 2017 - all systems go."

tarja TARJA PREMIERES OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO OF HER NEW SINGLE 'NO BITTER END'
'No Bitter End', the opening track of the prequel album 'The Brightest Void', is the first glimpse of Tarja's new work – her heaviest to date...

stratovarius STRATOVARIUS RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'UNTIL THE END OF DAYS'
"To me it's a testament to the fact that paying attention to song writing and production was expensive, but so worth it..."

brian johnson EXCLUSIVE: PROMINENT AC/DC CREW MEMBER GIVES REMARKABLE INSIGHT INTO AXL ROSE APPOINTMENT
AC/DC are covering themselves in case Axl's poor reputation for unprofessionalism manifests itself...

brian johnson THE DARKEST DAY OF MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE: BRIAN JOHNSON ISSUES PERSONAL STATEMENT ON AC/DC DEPARTURE
"I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that..."

thin lizzy THIN LIZZY ANNOUNCE BASS PLAYER AND NEW DRUMMER FOR 2016/17 ANNIVERSARY SHOWS
Thin Lizzy are undisputed legends and to be a small part of their lineage is a humble honor for me...

ian gillan IAN GILLAN TO PERFORM UNIQUE SOLO SHOW OF DEEP PURPLE CLASSICS IN BULGARIA
There is a possibility that Ian will also play some material from his catalogue outside of Deep Purple...

don airey DEEP PURPLE'S DON AIREY AND FRIENDS ADDED TO CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL PLUS ATOMIC ROOSTER
Expect to hear many classics from Airey's illustrious past which includes time spent with Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne as well as his current job with Deep Purple...

wildfire festival WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2016 ANNOUNCE SUNDAY NIGHT HEADLINERS AND FIVE MORE ACTS
With June creeping ever closer, Wildfire Festival's impressive main stages line-up is all but finalised...

whitesnake THE END OF WHITESNAKE: DAVID COVERDALE TO RETIRE IN 2017
Whitesnake headline the UK's Ramblin Man Festival in July in what could be their final ever UK appearance...

axl rose AXL ROSE CONFIRMED AS AC/DC SINGER FOR THE REMAINING ROCK OR BUST DATES
The worst kept secret in rock is now official...

aerosmith THE END OF AEROSMITH?: NO FAREWELL TOUR CONFIRMED AT THE MOMENT
"A farewell tour is something we've talked about doing for years, let's say roughly in the last five years..."

hrh united ALESTORM, HAMMERFALL, FINSTERFORST, NAPALM DEATH, ARMORED SAINT, VENOM INC. AND EVIL SCARECROW ANNOUNCED FOR HRH UNITED
HRH United 3 will be an exclusive upgraded Metal Edition taking over the entire site @ Camp HRH, Pwllheli, North Wales...

rolling stones PROUD GALLERIES PLAYING HOST TO FABULOUS ROLLING STONES PHOTO EXHIBITION: TERRY O'NEILL TO ATTEND SIGNING SESSION
It's a wonderful book by photographer Terry O'Neill of Rolling Stones images from 1963 to 1965, an era when the Stones were just "breaking through"...

between the buried and me BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN SUMMER DATES
As well as the European tour dates, BTBAM have launched a live video for 'The Ectopic Stroll' whih you can see here...

jade vine LONDON BASED ALTERNATIVE PROG ROCKERS JADE VINE ANNOUNCE ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW
Jade Vine's music has been influenced by artists such as Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Anathema and Pain Of Salvation...
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