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  JOHNNY MAIN

johnny main

I am a Glasgow-based rock writer and blogger who's been into rock and Metal music since discovering Iron Maiden way back in 1988. My musical preferences range from mainstream rock bands like AC/DC, Status Quo and Queensryche to heavier bands like Slayer, Mastodon and Possessed.

I'm a regular gig-goer and have been to over 700 gigs so far, including seeing one particular rock band over 35 times! Some of my favourite gigs include the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium in 1992, Iron Maiden at Earls Court in 2000, KISS at Donington in 1996 and Status Quo at Glasgow's Solid Rock Café during their famous promotional Pub Tour in 1999.


31 December 2014: Striker: 'City Of Gold'
31 December 2014: Wildfire And Ice – Day Two: Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
30 December 2014: Western Sand: O2 ABC, Glasgow
29 December 2014: Wildfire And Ice – Day One: Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
29 December 2014: Best Of 2014
22 December 2014: Derision: 'Rise Of The Departed'
16 December 2014: Heavy Smoke: 'All I Want For Christmas...'
13 December 2014: Centrilia: 'You Are In Error'
5 December 2014: Hard Rock Hell VIII Helloween Day Three: Hafan y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli
1 December 2014: Sodom: 'Sacred Warpath' EP
28 November 2014: Hard Rock Hell VIII Helloween Day Two: With Santa Cruz Interview: Hafan y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli
24 November 2014: Hard Rock Hell VIII Helloween Day One: Hafan y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli
24 November 2014: A Vulgar Picture: 'The World I Found'
17 November 2014: King Diamond: 'Dreams Of Horror'
11 November 2014: Vantage Point: 'Demonic Dinner Dance'
7 November 2014: Broken Chords: 'Broken Chords'
4 November 2014: Boogi Loushou/Stoneface/Deadbeat Ragdolls/Big Dirty Ride: Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
31 October 2014: Status Quo: 'Aquostic (Stripped Bare)'
30 October 2014: Crowbar: 'Symmetry In Black'
29 October 2014: Ozzy Osbourne: 'Memoirs Of A Madman'
28 October 2014: Nashville Pussy/Desert Storm: Broadcast, Glasgow
17 October 2014: Destruction/Shrapnel/Lost Society/Evil Invaders: Audio, Glasgow
15 October 2014: Voodoo Vegas: 'No More' (Single)
13 October 2014: Hordes Of Beilal V Part Two: Beat Generator, Dundee
8 October 2014: Hordes Of Beilal V Part One: Beat Generator, Dundee
7 October 2014: Nashville Pussy: 'Up The Dosage'
25 September 2014: Electric Boys/Bad Touch: The Classic Grand, Glasgow
25 September 2014: Sarah Tipper: 'Eviscerated Panda – Back In Bamboo' Book Review
23 September 2014: The Cadillac Three: 'Tennessee Mojo'
23 September 2014: Disposable: 'At The Foot Of The World'
18 September 2014: Highway To Hell 5 – Day Two
13 September 2014: Highway To Hell 5 – Day One
19 August 2014: Line Of Fire: 'Nowhere To Go'
14 August 2014: Grand Magus: 'Triumph And Power'
11 August 2014: Mekong Delta: 'In A Mirror Darkly'
5 August 2014: Avatar: 'Hail The Apocalypse'
31 July 2014: Devil You Know: 'The Beauty Of Destruction'
21 July 2014: Onslaught/Artillery/Demonic Resurrection: The O2 ABC2, Glasgow
18 July 2014: Interview With Space Elevator
18 July 2014: Les-Fest 3: Day Three
18 July 2014: Les-Fest 3: The Dirty Youth/Falling Red
18 July 2014: Les-Fest 3: Savage Messiah/House Of X
17 July 2014: Les-Fest 3: Day Two
10 July 2014: Les-Fest 3: Day One
7 July 2014: Les-Fest 3: Bleed From Within/Demonic Resurrection
3 July 2014: Slowcoaches: 'Thinkers'
27 June 2014: Vantage Point/The Amorettes: The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh
27 June 2014: Massive Wagons: 'Red Dress'
27 June 2014: Achren: 'The White Death' EP
20 June 2014: Monument: 'Renegades'
17 June 2014: Interview With Vantage Point
11 June 2014: Interview With Baleful Creed
6 June 2014: Gamma Ray: 'Empire Of The Undead'
4 June 2014: Jac Dalton: 'Roll With The Punches'
30 May 2014: Chasing Dragons: 'Checkmate'
29 May 2014: Interview With Dave Ritchie, Founder And Organiser Of Les-Fest
28 May 2014: Eden's Curse/Estrella/Fahran: Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
28 May 2014: Monument/Kaine/Storm Of Embers: Stereo, Glasgow
22 May 2014: Killing From A Distance: Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
21 May 2014: Afterlife: 'Omega'
16 May 2014: Iron Knights: 'Iron Knights'
12 May 2014: Interview With Attica Rage
6 May 2014: Interview With Iron Knights
6 May 2014: Bram Stoker: 'Cold Reading'
29 April 2014: The Wildhearts/The Von Hertzen Brothers/Hey! Hello!: O2 ABC, Glasgow
28 April 2014: Beholder/Cambion: Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
18 April 2014: Status Quo: O2 Academy, Glasgow
17 April 2014: Afterlife: The Cathouse, Glasgow
9 April 2014: States Of Panic: 'No World Order'
8 April 2014: Space Elevator: 'Space Elevator'
7 April 2014: Seven Deadly: 'Obliviation'
31 March 2014: Toby Jepson: 'Raising My Own Hell'
28 March 2014: Overkill/Xentrix/Shrapnel: The Cathouse, Glasgow
24 March 2014: Voodoo Six/Santa Cruz: Audio, Glasgow
24 March 2014: Newsted: 'Metal' EP
16 March 2014: Iron Knights: The Venue, Dumfries
13 March 2014: Interview With Chris Astley Of Xentrix
6 March 2014: Def Con One: 'II'
2 March 2014: The Treatment/Cage The Gods/States Of Panic: King Tut's, Glasgow
25 February 2014: Protest The Hero/TesseracT: The Classic Grand, Glasgow
24 February 2014: Killswitch Engage/Trivium/Miss May I/Battlecross: O2 Academy, Glasgow
20 February 2014: Lucid Skies: 'Hounds' EP
18 February 2014: Uncle Rust: 'Six Years In The Desert'
11 February 2014: Interview With Forsaken Age
31 January 2014: Lamb Of God/Decapitated/Huntress: O2 Academy, Glasgow
24 January 2014: The Treatment: 'Running With The Dogs'
15 January 2014: The Vintage Caravan: 'Voyage'
9 January 2014: Superfecta: 'She's A Star' EP
9 January 2014: Status Quo: 'Bula Quo' DVD
3 January 2014: Toby Jepson: Stereo, Glasgow
3 January 2014: Xentrix: The Cathouse, Glasgow
3 January 2014: The Mission: O2 Academy, Glasgow
30 December 2013: Fields Of The Nephilim: O2 Academy, Glasgow
30 December 2013: Buffalo Summer: The Cathouse, Glasgow
13 December 2013: Airbourne/The Treatment: O2 ABC, Glasgow
13 December 2013: Interview With Mike Breeze Of Mirror
10 December 2013: Interview With Steve Shaver Of To The Pain
10 December 2013: Interview With Dave Ritchie, Founder Of Les-Fest Part Two
1 December 2013: Interview With Toby Jepson
29 November 2013: Interview With Dave Ritchie, Founder Of Les-Fest
27 November 2013: Ex-Kobra And The Lotus Guitarist Timothy Brown Checks In With Johnny Main
27 November 2013: Sworn Amongst: 'Scourge Of The Omnipotent' EP
20 November 2013: Def Con One: 'Brute Force And Ignorance' EP
20 November 2013: Ghost: 'If You Have Ghost' EP
20 November 2013: Monument: 'Runaway'
15 November 2013: Interview With Steve Clifford Of Wretched Soul
15 November 2013: Sideburn: 'Electrify'
13 November 2013: If All Else Fails: 'We Dream Of Nothing' EP
7 November 2013: Wretched Soul: 'Veronica'
4 November 2013: Motörhead: 'Aftershock'
31 October 2013: Symphony Of Pain: 'Hydeology'
27 October 2013: Bad Pollyanna: 'Monstrous Child'
23 October 2013: Highway To Hell 4 - Sunday: The Classic Grand, Glasgow
17 October 2013: Highway To Hell 4 - Saturday: The Classic Grand, Glasgow
14 October 2013: Highway To Hell 4 - Results: The Classic Grand, Glasgow
11 October 2013: Death Angel: 'The Dream Calls For Blood'
9 October 2013: Testament: 'Dark Roots Of Thrash'
7 October 2013: Reckless Love: The Cathouse, Glasgow
3 October 2013: Onslaught: 'VI'
26 September 2013: Ajenda: 'Unrecognised'
20 September 2013: Buffalo Summer: 'Buffalo Summer'
16 September 2013: Sanktuary: 'Something Fierce'
11 September 2013: SuidAkrA: 'Eternal Defiance'
3 September 2013: To The Pain: 'To The Pain'
30 August 2013: Gama Bomb: 'The Terror Tapes'
28 August 2013: Stormbringer: 'MMXIII'
23 August 2013: Omery Rising: 'Omery Rising' EP
21 August 2013: Sweet Savage: The Cathouse, Glasgow
14 August 2013: Soil: 'Whole'
14 August 2013: Last In Line: The Cathouse, Glasgow
12 August 2013: Machinage: 'It Make Us Hate'
12 August 2013: King Kobra: 'II'
12 August 2013: Motherlode: 'Motherlode' EP
9 August 2013: Jettblack/ Hangfire/ Skarlett Riot: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford
5 August 2013: Monument/The Sanity Days/States of Panic: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford
2 August 2013: Fire In The Empire/Sworn Amongst/Hell Is Harmony: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford
31 July 2013: Excellent Cadavar/Mad Hatter 2.0/Diementia: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford
29 July 2013: Interview With Tim King Of Soil
29 July 2013: Chasar: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford, Saturday 29th June
29 July 2013: Arceye: 'At First Light'
24 July 2013: Killing From A Distance: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford, Saturday 29th June
19 July 2013: Achren: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford, Friday 28th June
16 July 2013: Interview With Hell To Pay
12 July 2013: Def Con One Review And Interview: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford, Friday 28th June
11 July 2013: Interview With Eva Plays Dead
11 July 2013: Estrella: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford, Sunday 30th June
9 July 2013: Primitai: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford, Sunday 30th June
5 July 2013: Bonafide: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford, Sunday 30th June
4 July 2013: Evile Review And Interview: Les-Fest, Valley International Park, Crossford, Friday 28th June
21 June 2013: Final Trigger: 'Skrap Metal Volume II'
19 June 2013: We Are The Catalyst: 'Panem Et Circenses'
19 June 2013: Manifold: Interview
4th June 2013: Interview With Alexei Belov Of Gorky Park
31st May 2013: Shit Happens Inc: '11 Year Itch'
22nd May 2013: Les-Fest Presents: Severenth/Dana O'Hara/Mair, Pivo Pivo, Glasgow
20th May 2013: Interview With Montezuma's Revenge
10th May 2013: Achren: Stereo, Glasgow
1st May 2013: Interview With Tacit Fury
24th April 2013: Hypocrisy: Stereo, Glasgow
24th April 2013: Saxon: O2 ABC, Glasgow
24th April 2013: The Quireboys: O2 ABC, Glasgow
12th April 2013: H.E.A.T.: Stereo, Glasgow
12th April 2013: Snakeskyn Whiskey: 'Vicious' EP
10th April 2013: Interview With Wax Angel
3rd April 2013: Interview With Paul Healy Of The Toi
24th March 2013: Interview With Vit 'Larv' Belobritsky Of Psilocybe Larvae
24th March 2013: Interview With Justyn Vynn Of Snakeskyn Whiskey
9th March 2013: Status Quo, 02 Academy Glasgow
9th March 2013: The Treatment, 02 Academy Glasgow
8 March 2013: Grand Magus/Primitai: The Cathouse, Glasgow
27 February 2013: Interview With Gary Moat Of Mothers Ruin
9 January 2013: The Sword/Lonely Kamel/The Amorettes: ABC2, Glasgow
24 December 2012: Best Of 2012
26 November 2012: Interview With Matt Drake And Joel Graham Of Evile
19 November 2012: The Amorettes: 'Haulin' Ass'
16 November 2012: Mother's Ruin: Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
13 November 2012: Wolfsbane: The Cathouse, Glasgow
9 November 2012: Status Quo: 'Hello Quo'
6 November 2012: Wolfsbane: 'The Lost Tapes'
25 October 2012: Evile/Wolf: O2 ABC2, Glasgow
22 October 2012: Motörhead: 'The Wörld Is Ours Vol 2 - Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else'
18 October 2012: Beckon: Lofi Studios, Glasgow
17 October 2012: Estrella: 'Come Out To Play'
10 September 2012: Scottish New Music Awards 2012: The Classic Grand, Glasgow
7 August 2012: Surface Festival – Regional Semi-Finals: Stairway, Glasgow
3 August 2012: Hopeless Heroic: Pivo Pivo, Glasgow
24 July 2012: Sarah Jezebel Deva: 'Malediction' (EP)
9 July 2012: Les Fest 2012 Day Two
6 July 2012: Les Fest 2012 Day One
28 June 2012: Sarah Tipper: 'Eviscerated Panda'
26 June 2012: Gojira: 'L'Enfant Sauvage'
25 June 2012: Circus Maximus: 'Nine'
22 June 2012: Jørn: 'Bring Heavy Rock To The Land'
31 May 2012: Black Sabbath: 'Iron Man: The Best of Black Sabbath'
31 May 2012: Trippy Wicked And The Cosmic Children Of The Knight: 'Going Home'
28 May 2012: Snakeskyn Whiskey: 'Payments Made In Madness'
25 May 2012: Stuka Squadron: Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
25 April 2012: Def Con One: 'Warface'
24 April 2012: Kyshera: 'Made In China'
19 April 2012: Kreator: 'Phantom Antichrist'
18 April 2012: Jägermeister Tour 2012: Featuring Skindred/Therapy?/Yashin/Black Spiders
12 April 2012: Running Wild: 'Shadowmaker'
3 April 2012: Sons Of Icarus: Pivo Pivo, Glasgow
21 March 2012: Destroyers Of The Faith: Cannibal Corpse/Triptykon/Enslaved/Job For A Cowboy, O2 ABC, Glasgow
16 March 2012: Freedom Call: 'Land Of The Crimson Dawn'
13 March 2012: Vengeance: 'Crystal Eye'
5 March 2012: Rage: '21'
17 February 2012: Caliban: 'I Am Nemesis'
9 February 2012: Vinterblot: 'Nether Collapse'
3 February 2012: Crimes Of Passion: 'To Die For'
25 January 2012: AC/DC: Scotland's Family Jewels At Kelvingrove
21 December 2011: Best Of 2011
15 December 2011: Blaze Bayley: Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
13 December 2011: Napalm Death: Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
5 December 2011: Hammers Of Misfortune: '17th Street'
3 December 2011: Charred Walls of the Damned: 'Cold Winds On Timeless Days'
1 December 2011: Wolfsbane: Glasgow O2 ABC2
29 November 2011: Wolfsbane: 'Save The World'
26 November 2011: Warbringer: 'Worlds Torn Asunder'
26 November 2011: Chris Cornell: 'Songbook'
16 November 2011: Evanescence: Glasgow, O2 Academy
15 November 2011: Alice Cooper: Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
11 November 2011: Funeral For A Friend: 'See You All In Hell' EP
11 November 2011: Blue October: 'Any Man In America'
5 November 2011: Evile: Glasgow, Cathouse
19 October 2011: Evile: 'Five Serpent's Teeth'



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aerosmith AEROSMITH FRONTMAN STEVEN TYLER REVEALS DEBUT SOLO ALBUM 'WE'RE ALL SOMEBODY FROM SOMEWHERE'
American fans can experience live versions of the new tracks, in addition to signature hits throughout the limited-run, 19-city solo tour...

fields of nephilim FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM REVISIT 'ELIZIUM' AT THE SUMMER SOLSTICE SHOW
Fields Of The Nephilim revisit their most iconic album for the first time since its release...

ben ash acm CARCASS'S BEN ASH JOINS ACM LONDON'S TEACHING FACULTY
The Academy of Contemporary Music is extremely excited to bring its unique brand of education to London...

exodus EXODUS ANNOUNCED FOR 'BATTLE OF THE BAYS' UK SHOWS WITH OBITUARY
"We can't wait to see you all in the pit on such an epic, heavy tour!! Look out Europe you've been warned..."

twilight TWILIGHT FORCE TO RELEASE 'HEROES OF MIGHTY MAGIC' ON AUGUST 26th
"While we are still staying true to the essence of Power Metal, the songs, sounds and magic adventures have all evolved from the once drake hatchling into a colossal arcane arch-dragon..."

dark funeral DARK FUNERAL ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR
Dark Funeral will go on the road with their label comrades Krisiun and Deserted Fear...

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK'S FIRST M2TM FINALS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The bill for the August spectacular is starting to fill up as quality fresh blood joins the line up from the Metal 2 The Masses finals...

wakrat RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE BASSIST SIGNS WAKRAT TO EARACHE RECORDS
"We have put a shit load of blood and sweat into this and we want it back! Our mission is to attack modern music and smash the grid. Unapologetic, unrelenting, unbridled and uncensored..."

alter bridge ALTER BRIDGE SIGN WITH NAPALM RECORDS
"We are very excited to see what the future brings and look forward to reconnecting with our fans in 2016..."

stone free STONE FREE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE FULL SCHEDULE AND FURTHER ADDITIONS TO THE BILL
Wilko Johnson headlines the Indigo at The O2 on Sunday, with many more additions to a full and varied programme...

wolf hoffman WOLF HOFFMANN RELEASES 'SCHERZO' – THE FIRST SINGLE FROM 'HEADBANGERS SYMPHONY'
"I have always incorporated classical music in my songwriting with Accept, especially with 'Metal Heart', but I constantly felt there was so much more that I could do..."

barb wire dolls BARB WIRE DOLLS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'DESPERATE' OUT ON 22nd JULY 2016
The album is released via Motörhead Music. After seeing Barb Wire Dolls live, Lemmy took an immediate interest in the band and placed them under his supportive wing...

epica powerwolf EPICA AND POWERWOLF ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR: LONDON TICKETS ON SALE NOW
"I really can't wait to be back on the road again and to see the music, the energy and our lovely fans become one. Until then!"

rock am ring BLACK SABBATH ROCK AM RING PERFORMANCE CANCELLED AFTER LIGHTNING STRIKES
Festival organizers vowed to resume the open-air event but local authorities revoked their license in the interests of fan safety...

queen and adam lambert QUEEN AND ADAM LAMBERT AT ROCK IN RIO, LISBON: PROFESSIONAL VIDEO FOOTAGE ONLINE HERE
"There's never going to be another and I'm not replacing him. That's not what I'm doing..."

ac dc AC/DC GO DOWN A STORM AS THEY STRAT THEIR STUFF IN LONDON
"Axl was amazing! His voice was incredible and he commanded the stage; plus they came on fifteen minutes earlier than scheduled!"

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN RELEASE OFFICIAL PERFORMANCE VIDEO FOR 'DEATH OR GLORY'
"He came over before we started recording and we wrote 'Speed Of Light' and 'Death Or Glory'."

alestorm ALESTORM SIGN NEW CONTRACT WITH NAPALM RECORDS... IN RUM
"Unfortunately we only had white rum left (all the good stuff had already been drunk), so our signatures are invisible. We'll leave that one to the lawyers to sort out."

ac dc AC/DC ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED US TOUR DATES
"This band has got a ton of energy and you're going to see a fusion of all that terrific chemistry that we have felt ever since rehearsals in Lisbon..."

ricky warwick RICKY WARWICK & THE FIGHTING HEARTS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
"We can't wait to get back out there and play a full length set and I am delighted that my old friends Vice Squad will be special guests..."

johnny rotten JOHNNY ROTTEN: "I WAS BANNED FROM THE BBC FOR SPEAKING OUT AGAINST JIMMY SAVILE SEX CRIMES."
"If you said anything you'd be off playlists, but that didn't bother me as I was doing a good job of that independently..."

bad company WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAD COMPANY ANNOUNCE THE SWAN SONG UK TOUR WITH THREE ORIGINAL MEMBERS
"Returning to the UK with Bad Company where it all began 40 plus years ago is full circle for the band and the fans. It's always a pleasure to play in the UK."

saxon WAS BREAKING NEWS: SAXON ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH FASTWAY AND GIRLSCHOOL
"I think this line-up is unique, you don't wanna miss it. Looking forward to battering some halls... Welcome to the Metal church!"

dead daisies WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE UK FESTIVAL HEADLINE APPEARANCE AND DEBUT US HEADLINE GIG
"We have had some amazing bands perform at Planet Rockstock over the years and the Dead Daisies are right up there with the best of them."

wildfire festival WAS BREAKING NEWS: WILDFIRE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE THE HORRORFLY STAGE
"For those that often think we don't do heavy, the latest additions should change that perception..."

sabaton SABATON AND ACCEPT ANNOUNCE FIRST DATES OF 'THE LAST TOUR'
"'The Last Tour' will be the biggest and best tour of Sabaton ever. It is the tour we have been looking forward to do for all these years!"

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE FIRST DATES OF THE FINAL BATTLE FAREWELL TOUR
The tour promises to be monstrous in terms of both number of dates and production and the first nine dates will be in Germany beginning on Novermber 24th 2017...

pink floyd PINK FLOYD POSTAGE STAMPS UNVEILED TO COMMEMORATE FIFTY YEARS OF THE BAND
The stamps are available to pre-order on the Post Office website and will be physically available in 8,000 UK post offices...

the tubes THE TUBES ANNOUNCE 'MONDO PULP' UK TOUR FOR OCTOBER
"I embrace my British heritage; the beer and the fish and chips and the best rock and roll fans in the world..."

fear factory FEAR FACTORY ANNOUNCE INTIMATE BLOODSTOCK WARM-UP SHOW IN BRIGHTON
This performance will precede their highly anticipated appearance at renowned Catton Park based metal festival...

tax the heat TAX THE HEAT ANNOUNCE FURTHER UK TOUR DATES INCLUDING AS GUESTS TO TERRORVISION
'Fed To The Lions' shows a band bursting with creativity and energy - previous singles 'Some Sympathy', 'Highway Home' and 'Fed To The Lions' sit alongside future classics...

sinsaedum JOEY JORDISON AND DRAGONFORCE'S FRED LECLERCQ REVEAL NEW BAND, SINSAENUM
"Joey Jordison sent me an SMS to ask what I was up to, so I told him about those death Metal songs..."

manowar WAS BREAKING NEWS: MANOWAR ANNOUNCE FINAL BATTLE: NEXT TOUR WILL BE THE FAREWELL TOUR
"We are calling all Manowarriors to prepare yourselves now and to join us for The Final Battle!"

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK CONFIRM MORE BANDS
Bloodstock festival is excited to announce another batch of bands for August's event at Catton Park...

jared james nichols JARED JAMES NICHOLS' NEW SINGLE AND OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO ONLINE NOW - LISTEN HERE
"We're really excited about the brand new kick-ass single," says Jared. "I'm positive it'll kick-start the shows into high gear."

moonsorrow FINNISH PAGAN METALLERS MOONSORROW OFFICIALLY ENDORSE CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN FOR DOCUMENTARY ON BAND'S HISTORY
Fans from as far apart as the US, Hungary and the UK took part in writing an unofficial biography of the band...

the dead daisies WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE DEAD DAISIES NEW ALBUM 'MAKE SOME NOISE' UNLEASHED 5th AUGUST
"The record is a straight up rock n' roll record. Very raw and punchy. We didn't do lots of overdubbing of the guitars which I loved..."

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