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  HELLFEST 2012 DAY TWO
CLISSON, FRANCE
HERE COMES THE SUN


Tina Saul


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Bach at the moon...

Day two of the festival and the Metal gets underway at 10.30am with Suicidal Angels waking up Main Stage 2, but it was Crashdiet who made sure I headed into the arena early. After the traditional festival shower of wet wipes and dry shampoo, we made the short journey into the arena to see how these Swedish glamsters were going to rid the crowd of their hangovers.

And a fine job they did too. Frontman Simon Cruz was full of energy and even those who were more accustomed to harder Metal seemed to enjoy the set. Simon found common ground by saying "the good thing about being up this early is you can drink all day" and I think he made a few friends with that statement. I can confirm that I spotted him several times throughout the day and he kept true to his word, and watching him lift his bright blue mohawk so he could drink from his Hellfest jug was a fine sight indeed.

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Next up was Gama Bomb who played Main Stage 2 and even though Crashdiet had pulled a decent sized crowd, it started to grow noticeably through the Irish thrash Metallers set. They had a great rapport with the audience, including a giant ninja wasp that flew around the crowd for the whole set and then buzzed off at the end. A great sing-along for 'OCP' with the crowd shouting out "Dick Jones" loud and clear and wall of death for 'Mussolini Mosh' were highlights and a way to make sure this won't be the last time I go and see these guys.

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Time for a quick trip to the VIP bar for the traditional breakfast of ice cold Jaegermeister and then it was time for Steel Panther. Even though these guys haven't been around for that long, I've lost count of the amount of times I've seen them and was getting a little bored with the same old show. But today's set was very different as they had bothered learning some French for the occasion, including "show your pussy" and "boobies", all written as an aide memoir on Satchel's hand. They played a classic Steel Panther set with their obligatory appeal for girls to show their boobs. French ladies clearly have higher morals, as only a few got them out for the boys, in stark contrast to the hordes that did at Download.

Next up was my only venture into one of the four tents over the weekend to see October File play The Warzone. That has to be the most appropriate name for a tent as it was surrounded by its very own moat of mud. I'm not a fan of Metalcore, but these guys didn't do too bad a job and it's good to support your fellow countrymen, right?

As we wandered back to the main arena to grab some sustenance, liquid of course, we caught the end of a band I'd not heard of before, but their back catalogue is now firmly planted on my wish list. Koritni are an Australian band that play France a lot looking at their tour history, so it's no surprise that they got a good slot on the Saturday of Hellfest. It was the perfect afternoon band supplying a brand of Hard Rock that would make any Aerosmith, Van Halen or AC/DC fan smile. Keep an eye out for these guys, as they are well worth seeing live.

Uriah Heep were up next, but I opted to go and do a little bit of work and chill out in the press area. Glad I did, as I spotted a guy in the corner drawing official Hellfest posters. That's the thing that I love about this festival, the mix of music and art. The sculptures on site are amazing, and there are flames coming out of bars and other installations on site. I found out that the posters were limited edition and I managed to bag myself #1 of 70 for a mere €30. I did hear the traditional end to Uriah Heep's set, 'Land Of Hope And Glory' blasting out from the Main Stage PA, which made me proud to be British, then the guilt set in for not seeing them play, in favour of supporting French art – oh the irony.

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And then it was time to return to the sleaze as I stood waiting for Sebastian Bach. Fresh from his controversial visit to the UK, he took to the main stage at Hellfest to an adoring crowd, waiting to get the vocal chords slashed as they tried to mirror his range, which happened instantly as he opened with 'Slave To The Grind'. His stage act hasn't changed at all and as he simultaneously head banged and swung his microphone over his head, the crowd were really getting into it.

After 'Kicking And Screaming' he had a good chat with the crowd in French. No idea what he said, but it seemed to go down well, so much so that one girl threw her bra onto stage, hitting one of the photographers. They passed it up to him and he grabbed it and took it off stage. 'Piece Of Me' was a great track to showcase his vocal talent, '18 And Life' was a perfect sing-along in the sun and renaming 'American Metal Head' to 'Français Metal Head' was a nice touch. The set was perfect and left me praying that the rumours of a Skid Row union will come true soon.

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A little bit of a break to wander the site, grab some of the delicious food, and have a cheeky break in the VIP bar and next up for me were Machine Head who had the task of warming up the Hellfest crowd before tonight's headliners. This was by far the biggest crowd I'd seen Main Stage 2 pull over the weekend, bordering on ridiculous with the bar and stalls crammed in on one side, and wasn't the nicest of experiences to be honest.

I moved back slightly just in time for the Bay Area Metallers open with 'I Am Hell' – a very apt track for this festival. 'Imperium' and 'Beautiful Mourning' went down well, and then a green haze appeared and an echoey Rob Flynn broke the intense moshing with a monologue. When he said: "This next song is a metaphor for a person who comes into your life and has a similar effect. Hellfest do you know somebody like that?" it didn't get as big a reaction as they expected. Maybe a French translation would have been good, but as 'Locust' kicked in, it returned to savage moshing.



I've seen Machine Head a lot and have never questioned Rob Flynn's vocals but he didn't seem on form today, which was a real shame as the set list was superb, but thankfully ending with 'Halo' and 'Davidian' was a way to make sure I left satisfied regardless.

I retreated to the VIP bar to meet up with everyone and start taking bets on when Axl would actually turn up tonight. We got ourselves a drink and settled in for the inevitable wait, but then we were all taken aback as 'Chinese Democracy' blasted out at 11.30pm – the exact time he was billed. And we weren't the only ones, as the queue to get out of the bar was huge, and when we did eventually get out you could see people running over from all over site and we just about made it out for the end of 'Welcome To The Jungle'.



This isn't Guns n' Roses and I refuse to go and see Axl And Friends on tour, but you can't deny that it's the perfect way to spend a Saturday night after a few drinks. 'It's So Easy', 'Mr Brownstone,' 'Rocket Queen', 'Civil War', 'Nightrain' and 'You Could Be Mine', coupled with the overplayed 'Paradise City' and 'Sweet Child Of Mine', were all guaranteed to get your dancing shoes on. But it was 'Estranged' that sent shivers down my spine, as I absolutely love that song and Axl And Friends really pulled it off perfectly.

You may have seen the dig on the Metal Hammer website this week, that Axl took a tumble in 'Sweet Child Of Mine' and he certainly did, but unlike previous shows he didn't let it affect the performance, which went on for over two hours and left the whole arena in a fine party spirit. What a great end to a perfect day.

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And here's the French version, with thanks to Flo Cherry...

HELLFEST 2012- 2nd JOUR: LE SOLEIL EST VENU

2nd jour du festival et dés 10h30, le métal se met en branle, avec SUICIDAL ANGELS, pour réveiller la Main stage 2.

Mais c est surtout CRASHDIET, qui ont fait que je me suis dirigé sur le site de bonne heure.

Après un traditionnel festival alliant lingettes et shampooing sec, nous nous sommes rendus, après un court trajet, dans l enceinte du festival, afin de voir comment ces slammeurs suédois allaient débarrasser la foule de leurs gueules de bois.

Ce fût un bon travail qu' ils firent. Simon Cruz, frontman du groupe, était bourré d'énergie, et même ceux habitués à un métal pur et dur semblait y prendre du plaisir.

Simon trouva un terrain d entente en disant :"La bonne chose en se trouvant, là si tôt et que vous pourrez boire toute la journée", et je pense qu' il s'est fait quelques amis avec déclaration.

Ce que je peux je peut confirmer, l'ayant repéré, à plusieurs reprises, au cours de la journée, fidèle à sa parole, le voyant basculant sa magnifique crête bleue, pour boire la cruche du Hellfest, et ce fût un sacré spectacle.

Ensuite, ce fût au tour de GAMMA BOMB de jouer sur cette même Main Stage 2, même si CRASHDIET avait attiré, une foule assez conséquente, elle continua de s'accroître les trasheurs métalleux irlandais.

Ils eurent un bon contact avec le public, une guêpe Ninja géante, survolant la foule et tombant à la fin.

Un rappel avec le public, scandant, durant "l OCP" : "Dick Jones", d une même voix forte claire et unanime.

Le mur de la mort pour "Mussolini Mosh" me dit que ce ne sera pas la dernière fois que je verrais ces gars-là.

Le temps d un voyage rapide au bar VIP, pour un petit déjeuner tradionnel à base de Jaegermeister fraîche, et ce fut l heure de STEEL PANTHER.

Même si ces gars là ne sont pas là, depuis longtemps, je ne me souviens plus le nombre de fois où je les ai déjà vu, cela devenant un peu ennuyeux avec l éternel même show.

Mais aujourd'hui le set fût différent, ils avaient même pris la peine d apprendre quelques mots de français, pour cette occasion, dont : "Montrez votre chatte" et "imbécile", ces mots écrits en aide mémoire, dans la main de Satchel.

Ils jouèrent un set de STEEL PANTHER tradionnel, avec rappel aux filles de montrer leurs seins.

Les filles françaises ayant certainement une morale un peu plus élevée, seulement quelques unes leur ont montré, contraste absolu avec le Download ou des hordes de filles l ont fait.

Ensuite, ce fût ma seule aventure dans l une des 4 tentes, durant ce week-end; pour voir OCTOBER FILE jouant la "Warzone", nom le plus approprié pour une tente très propre!, pleine de boue.

Je ne suis pas fan de Metalcore, mais ces gars là n'ont pas fait un mauvais boulot, et c 'est pas non plus de soutenir, un peu vos concitoyens, non?

Puis un repli, vers la Main Stage, ayant pris auparavant, le temps de se restaurer en nourriture liquide, bien évidement.

Nous avons vu, la fin du set, d'un groupe que nous n'avions jamais vu auparavant. Mais leurs compos est désormais solidement implantés dans mon catalogue de souhaits.

KORITNI, est un groupe australien, jouant beaucoup en France, il suffit de regarder leurs précédentes dates de tournée.

Donc, pas surprenant qu'ils ont obtenu ce passage dans cette brèche au Hellfest, ce samedi là.

C'était donc l'aprés-midi parfait, pour un groupe de Hard Rock, qui rendait le sourire aux fans d'Aerosmith, Van Halen et AC/DC. Gardez un oeil sur ces types là, ils valent le détour.

URIAH HEEP étaient les suivants, mais j'obtais d aller faire un tour, pour travailler un peu, au secteur presse.

Et je fût heureux de le faire, repérant, un gars dans un coin, qui dessinait des affiches officielles du Hellfest. C'est la seule chose que j'aime dans ce festival, le mélange de la musique et de l'Art. Les sculptures sur le site, sont étonnantes, des flammes sortent des bars et des autres installations du site. j'ai donc des trouvé, des affiches en série limitée à 70, que je m empressa de mettre dans mon sac, pour seulement 30 euros.

Puis j ai entendu, la fin du tradionnel "Land of Hope and Glory", qui dynamitait la Main Stage PA, qui rendit fière d'être Britannique, mais me culpabilisa de ne les avoir vu jouer, en faveur de mon soutien à l art français- ô ironie.

Et ce fût le moment de revenir au Sleeze, et j attendais Sebastian Bach. Fraîchement controversé, lors de sa visite au Royaume-Uni, il prit possession de la Main Stage, devant une foule en adoration, qui se réduisait les cordes vocales à néant, en tentant de donner un reflet de son répertoire, ce qu'il fit en ouvrant avec "Slave to the Grind".

Son jeu de scène, n'a pas changé du tout, secouant sa tête et balançant son micro simultanément. La foule était vraiment dedans.

Après "Kicking and streaming", il conversa avec la foule en français, mais aucune idée de ce qu' il dit, mais le message semblait passer, tant et si bien qu une jeune fille lui balança son soutien-gorge sur scène, qui atterri au passage, sur l un des photographes, il s' en empara et le mis hors de scène.

"Piece of me" fût un bon terrain, pour mettre son talent vocal en avant, "18 and life", parfait aussi pour chanter sous le soleil, renommant "American Metal Head" en "French Metal Head", délicate attention pour son public.

Le set fût parfait, et me laisse espérer que les rumeurs concernant une prochaine re-formation de Skidrow vont se réaliser bientôt.

Une petite pause, pour se promener sur le site, en profitant de la délicieuse nourriture et faire une pause insolente au bar VIP.

Pas loin de moi,"MACHINE HEAD", ceux-ci avait la tâche de réchauffer la foule du Hellfest avant les têtes d affiche du soir.

Ce fût de loin la plus grosse foule, que j'ai vu devant la Main Stage 2, durant ce week-end, à la limite du ridicule, avec le bar entassé dans les stalles d'un côté, et ce ne fût pas ma plus belle expérience, pour être honnête.

Je me suis donc déplacé vers l'arrière, juste à temps pour les métalleux de la Bay Area, ouvrant avec "I'm Hell" morceau bien choisi pour ce festival.

"Imperion" et "Deuil Beautiful" tombèrent bien aussi, puis une brume verte apparue, et dans un écho, Rob Flynn cassa l intense Mosh en court, avec un monologue, annonçant la prochaine chanson, je cite: " this next song is a métaphore for a person who comes in your life and as a similar effect, Hellfest do you know somebody like that?"

La réaction ne fut pas de la taille auquelle il s attendait, peut être une traduction française aurait été la bienvenue, mais les "pèlerins" re -entrèrent en jeu et le mosh sauvage repris.

J ai vu MACHINE HEAD pas mal de fois et je n'ai jamais remis en question le chant de Rob Flynn, mais il semblait pas très en forme ce jour, ce qui était dommage, vu la superbe Set list.

Heureusement, le final avec "Halo" et "Davidian" fût le bon moyen de me dire que malgré tout j'étais heureux.

Je me suis retiré au bar VIP, pour retrouver tous le monde et commencer à prendre les paris, sur l'heure à laquelle AXL arriverait ce soir sur scène.

nous avons pris un verre tous ensemble, et nous nous sommes installés pour cette inévitable attente.

Mais quelle surprise, quand les premières notes de "Chinese Democraty" retentirent à 23H30, pile l heure annoncée.

Nous n étions pas les seuls manifestement à être surpris, vu la longue file d'attente pour sortir du bar, une fois enfin sortis, nous avons pu voir des gens affluant de tous le site, arrivant juste pour la fin de "Welcome to thé Jungle".

Ce n'est pas Gun's ann Roses, et je refuse d'aller voir AXL et ses amis en tournée, mais on ne peut nier que c'est un moyen idéal pour passer un agréable samedi soir avec quelques verres.

"It's so easy", "Mr brownstone", "Rocket Queen", "Civil War", "Nightrain" et "You could be mine", couplés aver les surestimés "Paradise City" et "Sweet child o'mine", étaient la garantie d' obtenir chaussures a son pieds.

Mais ce fût "Estranged" qui me fit parcourir des frissons le long de tous le dos, j ai toujours absolument adoré cette chanson, et AXL et ses amis l ont envoyé à la perfection.

Vous avez certainement vu en fouinant sur le site de Metal Hammer cette semaine, que AXL à fait une chute, pendant "Sweet child o'mine", mais contrairement aux shows précédents, il n' a pas laissé cela affecter sa performance, qui dura plus de 2h00, laissant cette foule intense dans un esprit de communion parfait.

Quelle belle fin pour une journée parfaire.

24.6.12


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joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA TO PLAY FREE SHOW AT LEGENDARY CAVERN CLUB IN LIVERPOOL
This intimate concert in front of 300 people will preview material that he will perform at five special concerts in the UK this July...

ac dc axl rose IT'S ROCK, NOT BUST AS AC/DC TRIUMPH IN LISBON - CONTAINS SPOILERS
The banter with the fans was light and extremely good natured all the way through the gig. And yes, Axl did take to the stage bang on time...

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD RELEASE SECOND VIDEO FROM 'CLEAN YOUR CLOCK': WATCH 'WHEN THE SKY COMES LOOKING FOR YOU' HERE
'When The Sky Comes Looking For You' is a standout track from Motörhead's much acclaimed final album 'Bad Magic'...

armored saint EXCLUSIVE: ARMORED SAINT'S JOEY VERA WARMS UP FOR UPCOMING TOUR BY PLAYING HULA GIG
We look forward to seeing them at the Camden Underworld on July 14th...

eluveitie BREAKING NEWS: HAVOC IN THE ELUVEITIE CAMP AS THREE MEMBERS LEAVE THE BAND
"Eluveitie was always meant to be about 'rock'n'roll', passion and also about 'carrying the torch' of the Celtic spirit..."

ac dc axl rose AC/DC DISCUSS BRIAN JOHNSON'S HEARING PROBLEMS IN NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW
The eyes of the world will be on Lisbon tomorrow night (Saturday 7th May 2016) when Axl makes his debut with the band...

sertraline SERTRALINE ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE TOUR
Based in Stoke-on-Trent, Sertraline are undertaking their first ever headline tour of the UK this coming June/July...

ac dc axl rose AXL PAYS HUGE TRIBUTE TO BRIAN JOHNSON IN REVEALING BBC INTERVIEW WITH AC/DC
"I'm happy and excited in one sense, but I think it would be inappropriate to be celebrating, in a certain way, at someone else's expense..."

babymetal BABYMETAL ANNOUNCED FOR DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL
"We're so excited to come back to the UK next month. We will play the main stage at Download Festival. We are looking forward to seeing you all there."

ac dc axl rose AC/DC: THE VERY FIRST OFFICIAL PHOTO OF THE CURRENT LINE-UP
"Back on tour this Saturday night. First stop Lisbon - Let's do this."

hotei INTIMATE BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO WITH HOTEI AND RAMMSTEIN'S RICHARD Z KRUSPE RELEASED
The track is taken from Hotei's debut UK release 'Strangers', which features an array of high profile guests including Iggy Pop and Matt Tuck...

motorhead FIRST OFFICIAL MOTÖRHEAD VIDEO FROM 'CLEAN YOUR CLOCK' RELEASED: WATCH 'BOMBER' HERE
Never was the spirit of Motorhead more alive than when they were on tour...

little richard UK EXCLUSIVE: LITTLE RICHARD, THE MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR MOTÖRHEAD, ANNOYED ABOUT "GRAVE HEALTH" REPORTS
'"You know, I want you to talk to the press because I'm really annoyed. This thing started on Facebook..."

desert trip BREAKING NEWS: THE ROLLING STONES, NEIL YOUNG, THE WHO, PAUL McCARTNEY, BOB DYLAN AND ROGER WATERS ALL ANNOUNCED FOR MASSIVE GIG IN OCTOBER
A once-in- a-lifetime concert when six of the world's most iconic and influential rock and roll artists come together for Desert Trip...

alexander van der bellen UK EXCLUSIVE: AC/DC SOUNDTRACK ON AUSTRIAN PRESIDENTIAL PROMO VIDEO CAUSES COPYRIGHT CONTROVERSY
Herr Van der Bellen is not known to be an AC/DC fan although he is a self confessed smoker...

france euro 2016 FRENCH UP IN ARMS OVER KISS SONG BEING CHOSEN AS EURO 2016 ANTHEM
Euro 2016 kicks off in mid-June and France have launched their official anthem which is performed in English...

robert plant LED ZEPPELIN'S ROBERT PLANT GUESTS WITH DEBORAH BONHAM AT LOCAL GIG
Plant joined Deborah Bonham to perform the Led Zeppelin classic 'When The Levee Breaks' and a cover of the Johnny Kid & The Pirates standard 'Shakin' All Over'...

status quo STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE 'DOG OF TWO HEAD' ALE AND 'DOWN DOWN' CIDER
Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo are delighted to announce another great double act...

sabaton SABATON TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'THE LAST STAND' ON AUGUST 19th
"Did any other artist ever say 'Our new album is the best we ever made'? That's not for us to decide, that's up to our fans..."

doro DORO TO RELEASE NEW LIVE DVD/BLU-RAY 'STRONG AND PROUD - 30 YEARS OF ROCK AND METAL'
30 years of dedication, passion and love for the music and her fans all over the world...

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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