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  CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL 2013

Roger Berzerk Fauske: Photos by Simon Dunkerley, Noel Buckey, Martin Turner and Gillian Lerner

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Last weekend the generally intellectual Cambridge was turned into somewhere far more entertaining, with bikes and rockers replacing the usual bicycles and students. This of course was the Cambridge Rock Festival and it has reached a milestone, the 2013 flavour being the 10th year of it all.

So what did they do to celebrate such an epic occasion? Well, apart from making sure the weekend coincided with my birthday (seven in dog years if you must ask), they just went and put together a line-up that pretty much had everything covered and should have pleased everybody at some point. There were a couple of points I would take issue with personally as far as the line-up was concerned, but I will get to them later.

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As those regular Cambridge Rock Festival patrons will know, and there are many, this is an incredibly well run and friendly festival from the top down to the mass of volunteers that make the whole thing possible. But a music festival is rightly judged on its music (hence the name, clever eh?) and in this respect this year's edition must be considered a success.

Over here we often sit enviously looking over the North Sea in the general direction of such festivals as Sweden Rock and remember with fondness the heady days of festivals here. Pretty much in tune with our national football team, we invented the good festivals before serving up mediocrity of impressive proportions and although things have been looking up recently (for festivals, most definitely not the football team) the more classic rock injected occasions are still sadly missing. This one goes a long way to redressing that balance.

Take away the obvious health and safety issues that have sterilised some festivals (pun entirely intentional) and we can do nothing about, this is happily like a classic festival and steers clear of the corporate branding that has overtaken the music in in so many.

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So to the important bit... the music. My weekly Thursday night rock show precluded me from going until the Friday and idiots intent on crashing on the M4, M25 and even the M11 precluded me from arriving until towards the end of Eddie And The Hotrods' set, which was a shame as the ten minutes or so that I got to see was enough to get rid of any damp spirits caused by an eminently forgettable journey.

Bonafide on the other hand I did get to see in their entirety. I have heard good things about this lot from Sweden and when the likes of Krusher Joule sing their praises, you tend to sit up and take notice. Some of the naysayers claim that Bonafide do nothing new... they may not do, but what they do they are very good at - good old fashioned down and dirty rock with a side dish of sleaze – and the result is something very addictive.

From the first strains of 'Doing The Pretty' they have my attention and it didn't take long to get my head banging and feet thumping. They never let up and whilst they may not yet be ready for headlining slots they are more than a capable first support.

So to the day's main band, The Quireboys. I hadn't seen Spike and co live for some time so I was mighty interested to see just how the 2013 vintage tasted. After reviewing their recent and seventh studio album 'Beautiful Curse', it didn't take a genius to work out musically they were as good, if not better than ever, and as it transpired the 2013 live version has reached the same heights.

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From the moment Spike started twirling the mic stand with more moves than a three legged cheerleader, his familiar tones bursting through the PA, it was obvious this was a band high on confidence and just doing what they do and more to the point they love doing it.

It doesn't matter if they are playing to 100 or 10,000 you can guarantee they will give it everything and Cambridge was no exception. Although the crowd was good, it was nowhere near as packed as later on in the weekend, but they flocked to the front as soon as the Quireboys hit the stage.

Most of them did anyway – and on that note, seriously guys and gals, if you don't feel the urge to get yourself into the tent and rock out when the likes of Spike are doing their bit, then there really is no hope. We were treated to a series of highlights from their catalogue including 'Mona Lisa Smiled', 'Hey You', '7 O'Clock', 'Roses And Rings', 'I Don't Love You Anymore' and 'Too Much Of A Good Thing' from the new album going down with more gusto than the wind brewing in the campsite (nothing to do with curries and chilli).

The real gem of the set though was another new one, 'Mother Mary', a different tempo to their more classic sound and an epic in the making. The band were in fine fettle boosted by the return of the prodigal rhythm section, guitarists Guy and Paul having as much fun as Spike and ivory tinkler Keith Weir adding the bar room touch like it was invented for him. Is it any wonder I spent an hour and twenty minutes with a big smile on my face?

And as for the mainman himself, he covered every inch of the stage, his mic stand antics putting even Coverdale to shame, the crowd hanging on his every word and gesture, this was pure entertainment Quireboys style – as they said, "This is Rock n Roll".

We all knew what was coming after they were roared back on stage but still, Spike inviting everyone to a Sex Party has a realism about it. And you can guarantee it is one party you will want to be at.

As Guy mentioned to me after the show, this band is so much better than the more dated version even though the members may be the same and you can't help but agree. Friday night belonged to The Quireboys, just a shame they weren't lighting up the Saturday. And as if you weren't impressed already, Spike told me afterwards that they hadn't actually rehearsed for this one...

It was going to take a lot to oust the 'boys as the stars of the festival and I am not sure anyone did.

Saturday is another day entirely, a day that took a curious turn of events for me personally early in the afternon involving a bottle of JD and a missing hour or two. Yes I know, spooky.

Cornerstone, from Austria, have been receiving a lot of good press recently and their faces, or faces and clasped boobs to be precise, seem to have been everywhere I look. So I was expecting something that may not quite blow me away but that would at least leave things feeling a little windy. I have to say I was left feeling very disappointed.

Vocalist Patricia Hillinger, clad in a space age silver dress, has a good voice and the rest of the band are more than competent musicians, but there just doesn't seem to be a spark, that extra something. Sure, they are a good band but then so are quite a few that I have seen in pubs and small venues over the years and that is to me the category Cornerstone fit into.

Something tells me that those within the band organisation know that as well as a lot of the band's marketing seems to be centred around the vocalist's looks, up front assets and womanly charms rather than the music.

As it turned out, with the very notable exception of the quite fantastic Pat McManus, who I will get to in a minute, Saturday turned out to be a mildly disappointing day for one main reason. After the Quireboys turned the stage red hot on the Friday night, the last band on the Saturday, Caravan, whilst musically good, were never going to induce a crowd frenzy, more generous appreciation.

A Rock Festival Saturday night should leave the punters gasping for breath as they go back to their tents unable to sleep for at least two hours until they come down from the musical high rather than polite conversation – more "Holy shit, this rocks" than "fancy a cup of tea?".

But there was definitely a "Holy shit..." moment, or several of them, a little earlier in the day. The reason? The Pat McManus Band. Although I have interviewed him a couple of times on my Rock Show, this was actually the first time I had managed to get to one of his gigs for a very long time, in fact it was so long ago the band then was Mamas Boys.

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Pat has a lot going for him, his band are as tight as the proverbial intimate body part of a duck, he has a stage presence not all those in his genre can boast and he is up there enjoying himself – the smile never came off his face. And he can play, boy can he play.

As he pointed out between songs, where he hails from is close to the birthplaces of a couple of legends. Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore and he joked he didn't stand a chance. After this performance, they are in very good company.

Just to get one thing straight, Pat McManus is without doubt one of the best guitarists treading the boards today, but what sets him apart from many others is that whilst he is a wonderful technician (he isn't called The Professor for nothing), his technical wizardry is kept very much within the confines of the song – he doesn't feel the need for self indulgence just because he can and the songwriting remains king. Sure, there are solos aplenty, widdley bits coming at you from all sides but they never swamp the song.

His band, drummer Paul Faloon and Marty McDermott on bass, are an integral part of the performance as well. There is definite emphasis on the word 'band' and that just makes the performance so much better.

'Juggernaut', 'Last Thing At Night' and 'Dangerzone' showcase Pat's immense talent to mix the thoughtful with the rocky, never losing the blues feel that he has pouring through his veins.

The highlight of the show though was the quite immense 'Belfast Boy' written as a tribute to Gary Moore and featuring so much of the style that made Gary Moore who he was. Whilst I know Pat in his normal humble way would deny it, he is probably one of the few guitarists around who can pull this off.

Starting off poignantly pulling at the heart strings, lyrics and music doffing their cap to the great one, it moves seamlessly forward into a full featured Celtic rocker; awesome stuff.

For the encore the guys treated us to what is probably the best cover version of 'Le Grange' I have ever heard.

As Pat and the guys left the stage the announcer promised that they will be back... too right and headlining one of the days if there is any justice.

cambridge rock 2013

Two thirds of the way through, it has been a good festival, a couple of outstanding performances and a Sunday full of promise to look forward to. I must say it was very considerate of Magnum and others to consent to playing a gig there for my birthday so a little sleep later, I wandered off to the stage area a year older and absolutely none the wiser.

First up was Attica Rage, a Scottish band I have heard positive things about. The first time I have seen them and I have to admit to being mightily impressed. Very much in the classic rock vein, one of those bands that mixes melody and loudness in almost perfect quantities with hints of Lizzy, Motorhead and a few others coming to the surface, but they are very much themselves. Definitely one to see if you get the chance and they will not be openers for long.

cambridge rock 2013

Persian Risk, featuring Carl Sentance, is a band I can remember from the first time around during the original NWOBHM outbreak. Like so many they didn't last as long as they perhaps should have and Carl has only very recently put the band back together – well when I say back together it is only him from the early days.

For those who are all a bit hazy, Persian Risk hailed from Cardiff and featured vocalist Jon Deverill (who joined the Tygers Of Pan Tang in 1980) and guitarist Phil Campbell of Motorhead fame. Carl Sentance replaced Deverill in the band.

So to this century – Sentance, who since those days has sung with Geezer Butler and Krokus, started up Persian Risk again late last year. Their appearance at Cambridge this year was only one of a handful of gigs so far and given it is such early days, the performance was definitely an impressive one. 'Fist Of Fury' and 'Women And Rock', including the mandatory crowd participation, are out and out rockers.

The band he has put together features guitarist Howie G (Lawless), bassist Wayne Banks (Joe Lynne Turner, Blaze Bayley, Sabbat) and drummer Tim Brown (Don Airey, Kee Marcello). What they do so very well is take the original NWOBHM sound and update it without ever losing the essence of it and the result live is old tracks that actually sound new... in a word, genius, when you think how many NWOBHM bands sound the same now as they did then and to me that is never a good thing – stagnating for 30 years is bad in any sphere.

Carl himself still has a voice any rocker would be proud of – although not the biggest, he has the lungs and power of a giant and stagecraft to match. The only criticism I would have is that some of the newer material has a little too much of the Iron Maidens about it and they are far better than needing that to help them. That said, they are a class act and if this is what they do on their third or fourth gig, give them a few months and the result could well be out of this world.

Carl told me afterwards they are currently doing everything themselves as far as the business side goes, so when that side is sorted and they can devote all their time to what they do best, the music, things will get even better.

So to another band who were around at the same time as the original Persian Risk, I of course refer to Praying Mantis. One of the very few bands who have never quit since those heady days, they have recently undergone a couple of line-up changes with vocalist Mike Freeland and drummer Gary MacKenzie replaced by Dutchmen, vocalist John Cuijpers (Jaycee) and Hans in ‘t Zandt.

They have been on my list of preferred bands for a very long time, ever since I saw them at the Reading Festival way back in 1982 so I was hopeful the new guys would boost Mantis back up the ladder.

'Children Of The Earth', 'Panic In The Streets' and 'Praying Mantis' started proceedings and I must confess to not being entirely convinced about the new vocalist. He can sing and knows his way around a stage as well as most but it took a little time to convince me his voice was right for the band, but convince me he did, especially with his rendition of 'Turn The Tables', a classic Mantis song and one of their finest.

As well as his vocal input, the arrival of the two Dutchmen seems to have given the band's brothers Tino and Chris Troy a new lease of life, Tino especially galloping around the stage mostly with a beaming smile and there is a real feeling of unity both within the band and between them and the audience.

They finished off with 'Captured City', a rousing tune and whilst the band never actually went away, there was a definite welcome back feel to it. Impressive stuff and for a birthday treat, trust me it is hard to beat.

Coming towards the end of Sunday night, it was quite obvious who most people were waiting for. The Animals may have been the headliners in name, but in every other way it was a certain Midlands band, rock royalty no less.

Magnum, fresh from an appearance at Steelhouse in Wales last weekend, are currently recording yet another studio album so this would be their only UK appearance until next year when they embark on a UK tour. Having had a chat with bassist Al Barrow beforehand, it is clear the band still have the same enthusiasm for touring and recording, and the intensity with which vocalist Bob Catley delivers every performance is there for all to see... these guys care about their fans.

After a brief false start where the intro music kicked off before somebody decided they should open the curtain to let the band on stage (always a good move), the strains of 'All The Dreamers' hit, swiftly followed by 'When We Were Younger' and another from last year's album 'Blood Red Laughter'.

cambridge rock 2013

The classic 'How Far Jerusalem' featured some interesting interplay between keyboard wizz Mark Stanway, resplendant in dark glasses for half of their set, Tony Clarkin and drummer Harry James. The more you watch Harry, the better he seems and with someone that good, it is sometimes easy to think it is all too simple.

'Kingdom Of Madness' closes their set, something off their very first album and still as relevant now as it was then. But they were never going to be allowed to leave so quickly, coming back to do three more; 'See How They Fall', 'Rocking Chair' and 'Days Of No Trust', the band clearly having fun but not half as much as the crowd. This is what a British rock festival is all about.

Ninety minutes after they started, the guys bade their fond farewells, the rest of the band clapping Bob Catley who told us he didn't need all the applause – much as we all love you Bob, you are getting it whether you want it or not, it's just the way it is.

As an added bonus I also had a long chat with Rodney Matthews, legendary artist probably best known in these circles for his album cover designs for Magnum and Praying Mantis. Who said I'm not cultured.

I did as well actually almost conduct a very impromptu interview with someone who approached me asking if I was with the press. In his words, he was in fact the son of God and the Devil had put a media block on him. Tempting though it was, I passed on this one.

For me that was the end of the festival as I disappeared to interview a couple of people but the memories of it will stay for a long time. The whole festival was a fantastic advert for how it should be done so hats off to everyone involved and to all the festival goers for making it the event it was.

I will be back next year, that is for sure.

As a final note, any bands I have not mentioned – it was not because I didn't like them or thought them undeserving of column inches, just that my duties took me elsewhere (generally backstage as against the bar, honest).


12.8.13





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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..."

sirenia SIRENIA PART WAYS WITH SINGER AILYN GIMÉNEZ GARCÍA
"Sirenia and Ailyn have decided to part ways for personal reasons. We part ways on good terms and we wish Ailyn the best of luck for her future endeavours..."

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..."

michael borman BONFIRE RE-APPOINT MICHAEL BORMANN AS SINGER AFTER PARTING WAYS WITH DAVID REECE
"These differences are irreconcilable so both parties decide it is best to just part ways. Bonfire wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours."

the amorettes WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE AMORETTES ANNOUNCE CO-HEADLINE UK TOUR WITH LOVE ZOMBIES
"We can't wait to tour with the awesome Love Zombies. This co-headline UK jaunt is going to rock. Don't miss it!!!"

led zeppelin LAWYER WHO SUED LED ZEPPELIN IS DAZED AND CONFUSED AFTER BEING SUSPENDED FOR MULTIPLE VIOLATIONS
Malofiy was heated in his attacks on Led Zeppelin, at one point dubbing them "session musicians" who have a habit of "playing other people's music"...

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"...

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK RELEASE DAY TICKETS AND LAUNCH YouTube COMPETITION WITH SOME AMAZING PRIZES
There's a whole host of some of the world's top Metal bands appearing on the bill including Twisted Sister, Mastodon, Slayer, Anthrax, Gojira, Behemoth, Venom and more...

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..."

ramblin man fair RAMBLIN' MAN FAIR ADDS THE RISING STAGE FEATURING SOME OF THE UK's BEST UP AND COMING BANDS
"Having seen all these bands kick out the jams recently, we can predict with an absolute certainty that the future of UK rock n' roll is secure..."

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...

toseland TOSELAND ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE TOUR
Toseland hit the road in September and October 2016, following dates with Deep Purple in July...

van zant VAN ZANT OFFICIALLY RELEASE THE ONLY RECORDING FROM THEIR ONE TOUR TOGETHER
The brothers of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant explore their country roots on this special recording...

equilibrium EQUILIBRIUM REVEAL LYRIC VIDEO FOR NEW SONG 'PREY'
"The songs on 'Armageddon' have become quite diverse. Every song sounds different. As a first foretaste we chose the dark track 'Prey'. Have fun with it!"

antimatter kari ANTIMATTER + KARI RUESLÅTTEN COMBINE FOR A CO-HEADLINING ACOUSTIC SHOW IN LONDON IN SEPTEMBER
This is the only UK date and a chance to hear two striking voices on the same bill...

kansas KANSAS TO RELEASE FIRST NEW ALBUM IN SIXTEEN YEARS; 'THE PRELUDE IMPLICIT' OUT SEPTEMBER 23rd
"Recording 'The Prelude Implicit' was an incredible experience and I couldn't be happier with the results..."

king of the north EXCLUSIVE: KING OF THE NORTH PREMIERE NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO ON MetalTalk
"It takes KOTN into new territory and has some of the heaviest parts on a KOTN song ever. It's rock, it's prog, it's a new genre, we call it Prock!"

runnning wild WAS BREAKING NEWS: RUNNING WILD SAIL AGAIN ON 26th AUGUST WITH 'RAPID FORAY'
"For me this track has all the qualities of a real stadium anthem. Listening to it gives me goose bumps every time."

jeff lynne NO 'BIRMINGHAM BLUES' FOR JEFF LYNNE AS HE COLLECTS LORD MAYOR AND SILVER CLEF AWARDS
"The Lord Mayor's Awards recognise outstanding achievements and exceptional service to the city and the people of Birmingham."

absolva WAS BREAKING NEWS: ABSOLVA UNLEASH 'HARSH REALITY' AND ANNOUNCE 2016 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
"We're absolutely stoked about these shows which we'll hit with maximum Absolva force..."

purple records DEEP PURPLE'S RECORD LABEL, PURPLE RECORDS, IS RESURRECTED: SILVERHEAD FT. MICHAEL DES BARRES CATALOGUE RE-RELEASED
The label was home to debut solo releases from Jon Lord, Roger Glover, David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, as well as early releases from Yvonne Elliman and Ronnie James Dio...

rolling stones ROLLING STONES 'ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE II' LIMITED EDITION ART PRINT BY RODNEY MATTHEWS NOW AVAILABLE
"It did trouble him at the time, but he took it no further and as Rodney himself told us: "It would take a brave man to sue the Stones!"

elo WAS BREAKING NEWS: JEFF LYNNE'S ELO ANNOUNCE HUGE GIG AT WEMBLEY STADIUM
Sunday's Glastonbury performance was another triumph to add to the list of successes Jeff has notched up in this, the fifth decade of his career...

brian johnson BRIAN JOHNSON TO HOST 'THE PRODUCERS' ON PLANET ROCK
Each week Johnno will take you on a journey to meet a different iconic producer with huge names all set to feature...

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD DAY IN LONDON: MORE DETAILS CONFIRMED AND IT'S NOW FREE ENTRY
The event has the full blessing from Motörhead and their official fan club but spaces are limited to just 250 people and you do need to book your place and you can do that here...

sabaton SABATON UNVEIL FIRST ALBUM TRAILER FOR 'THE LAST STAND'
The Last Stand is now available to pre-order on Limited edition Double Gatefold coloured vinyl...

led zeppelin LED ZEPPELIN CLEARED OF STEALING RIFF FOR 'STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN'
"I can't actually recall Spirit or anyone playing there with the passing of time. I don't have a recollection of almost anyone I've hung out with."

ripper owens WAS BREAKING NEWS: RIPPER OWENS REFUSED UK ENTRY FOR FRIDAY'S WILDFIRE PERFORMANCE
"Although we are trying everything we are able, we have little hope of changing the minds of such a powerful UK agency."

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF AND JIM STEINMAN GO ALL THE WAY WITH NEW ALBUM: LISTEN TO THE FIRST EPIC TRACK HERE
Screw politics - it never made a positive difference but these two did!!

twisted sister TWISTED SISTER FEATURE IN FIRST METAL MELTDOWN, A NEW SERIES OF CONCERT DVDs ABOUT TO LAUNCH
"This performance captured herein just two months after AJ's death really was about our way to help memorialize the great AJ Pero..."

richie ramone RICHIE RAMONE ANNOUNCES UK AND IRELAND TOUR FOR LATE 2016
"Richie saved the band as far as I'm concerned. He's the greatest thing to happen to the Ramones. He put the spirit back in the band."

tesla TESLA TO RELEASE 'MECHANICAL RESONANCE, LIVE!' AS SUMMER TOUR WITH DEF LEPPARD KICKS OFF
"Making this new live album of 'Mechanical Resonance' was a reminder of the innocence and creative beginnings of Tesla..."

inglorious INGLORIOUS "HIGH AS A KITE" AS SECOND ALBUM GETS UNDERWAY AND DEAD DAISIES AND STEEL PANTHER TOUR DATES APPROACH
"No feeling or buzz I have ever had in my life will compete with that immense feeling of pride and happiness..."

airbourne AIRBOURNE ARE 'BREAKIN' OUTTA HELL' WITH THEIR NEW ALBUM AND HEADLINE TOUR OF AMERICA AND EUROPEAN DATES WITH VOLBEAT
These latest tour dates will only add to their reputation for incendiary live performances – maximum energy, maximum entertainment...

uriah heep URIAH HEEP ANNOUNCE RE-ISSUE OF ALBUMS AND NEW 2016 TOUR DATES
"This time we really let our hair down, if you like! We decided that there would be no restrictions whatsoever."

kiss KISS CAPTURE FULL LIVE EXPERIENCE WITH AUGUST RELEASE OF 'KISS ROCKS VEGAS'
"KaBOOM! We blew up the Joint at The Hard Rock in Vegas like never before. We are very proud of this and know that you will be blown away as well."

aerosmith WAS BREAKING NEWS: STEVEN TYLER ANNOUNCES AEROSMITH FAREWELL TOUR
Stand by for social media to go into overdrive and keep checking MetalTalk as we'll have more news on this when there is some...

yes WAS BREAKING NEWS: JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN REUNITE TO FORM ARW: UK TOUR DATES CONFIRMED
"I'm so excited to create new music and revisit some of the classic work we created many years ago. It's going to be a musical adventure on so many new levels."

marillion MARILLION REVEAL DETAILS OF THEIR NEW ALBUM AND IT'S GOT A VERY NAUGHTY TITLE
"We don't know how many more albums we'll make, or how long we'll live. Everything has to be the best it can be."

frontiers metal festival PRIMAL FEAR, LABYRINTH, VANDEN PLAS, LORDS OF BLACK AND MANY MORE ANNOUNCED FOR FRONTIERS METAL FESTIVAL
The bill is made up of seven international and Italian based bands, all of whom will please fans of the power and progressive Metal genres...

status quo WAS BREAKING NEWS: STATUS QUO GUITARIST RICK PARFITT AIRLIFTED HOME FROM TURKEY
Quo made the decision to carry on with their commitments last week and performed at the Rock On Windermere charity show on Saturday...

ritchie blackmores rainbow WAS BREAKING NEWS: RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW RISES IN LORELEY - SET LIST SPOILERS
After 21 years Ritchie Blackmore returns from medieval times to astound Loreley at Monsters Of Rock...

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF "RESPONSIVE AND WELL" AFTER COLLAPSING ON STAGE LAST NIGHT
"He extends his heartfelt thanks for everyone's support and well wishes, and is expecting a speedy and full recovery..."

foo fighters FOO FIGHTERS SUING BRITISH INSURANCE COMPANIES OVER CANCELLED GIGS
Central to Foo Fighters' complaint is that three of those 53 shows were intended to be "make-up shows" for fans...

status quo WAS BREAKING NEWS: STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE 'AQUOSTIC II - ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD' PLUS HUGE BBC HYDE PARK SHOW
Status Quo have announced the release of a second acoustic album following the success of the original 'Aquostic' release in August 2014...

meat loaf MEAT LOAF AND JIM STEINMAN REUNITE: NEW ALBUM OUT IN SEPTEMBER
At around the same time that Meat Loaf collapsed on stage in Edmonton, Canada last night, it was announced that the new album is recorded and ready for release...

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF COLLAPSES ON STAGE IN CANADA
Meat, real name Marvin Lee Aday, is 68-years-old and is one of the most successful recording artists of all time...

deep purple WAS BREAKING NEWS: DEEP PURPLE DRUMMER IAN PAICE SUFFERS A STROKE IN SWEDEN; MISSES PURPLE GIGS FOR THE FIRST SINCE SINCE 1968 FORMATION
"To all the people who were expecting to see Deep Purple in Sweden and Denmark this week I would like to let you know the reason the shows were not possible..."

metaltalk t shirts THIS SUMMER'S MOST SIGNIFICANT METAL FASHION ITEMS ARE HERE
The great news is that now, after many, many requests, we finally have MetalTalk t-shirts available for you...

status quo WAS BREAKING NEWS: RICK PARFITT OF STATUS QUO SUFFERS HEART ATTACK AFTER TURKEY GIG
Rick is being treated in a hospital in Turkey and whilst his condition is serious, he has already demanded his customary cup of tea with two sugars and a sweetener...

maiden IRON MAIDEN PART COMPANY WITH ED FORCE ONE: SEE BRUCE SAY "GOODBYE" ON VIDEO HERE
"I'll miss the big bird but the show must go on and it certainly will."

grave digger GRAVE DIGGER ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
"We'll present a huge and intensive Metal package live on tour, as well as on our album. 36 years of Grave Digger – Metal is alive. Forever!"

lounge kittens THE LOUNGE KITTENS RELEASE THEIR VERSION OF AC/DC's 'DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP'
"The album doesn't come out till September and frankly, we're bored of keeping it all a secret. So we thought right, time to make some more videos..."

john otway OTWAY IN THE PARK: JOHN OTWAY JOINS LINE-UP OF CHICHESTER'S PRIORY PARK FESTIVAL
John Otway's addition to the bill confirms this eclectic new festival's place as a must-go-to-event...

queen QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT TO PLAY THAILAND FOR THE FIRST TIME
This is part of Queen's Asia tour which also includes two shows in Tokyo, the show at the F1 Grand Prix in Singapore and three more Asian cities which will be announced shortly...

hrh prog HRH PROG 5 ANNOUNCE MORE BANDS
Atomic Rooster reform and join Hawkwind, Wishbone Ash, John Lees BJH, Pendragon, IQ and more at HRH Prog 5...

orphaned land kobi fahri ORPHANED LAND'S KOBI FAHRI REVEALS SIDE PROJECT CONCEPT ALBUM 'KNA’AN' & EUROPEAN TOURING PLANS
Orphaned Land celebrate their 25th anniversary with a tour that includes Russian-Chinese and Middle Eastern Metal...

as lions AS LIONS GEARING UP FOR FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH USA TOUR
The London five-piece will be bringing their explosive live show on a huge US arena jaunt alongside Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown and Sixx:A.M during October and November...

bitches sin BITCHES SIN TO RELEASE BOTH VERSIONS OF 'INVADERS' AS ONE PACKAGE, 'ULTIMATE INVADERS'
The original ten track album went on to become a NWOBHM classic, so much so that back in their own country GI Records also released another version of it in 1988...

paradise lost PARADISE LOST SIGN WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
"It's pretty incredible to see how the label has become a real force in metal music over the years and now, in a new chapter for the band, it's exciting for Paradise Lost to be a part of Nuclear Blast!"

heart HEART TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN JULY - METALLICA'S JAMES HETFIELD MAKES GUEST APPEARANCE
"James just took the song on, and what he added was perfect with a bite and a rock accent."

crucified barbara CRUCIFIED BARBARA SADLY CALL IT A DAY
The Swedish rockers earned themselves a healthy reputation for providing ballsy rocking live shows and have toured with such legends as Motörhead, Clutch and Girlschool...

motorhead saxon SAXON WITH PHIL CAMPBELL AND MIKKEY DEE PAY TRIBUTE TO LEMMY AT METAL HAMMER'S GOLDEN GODS AT HAMMERSMITH ODEON
Lemmy, creator and leader of Motörhead, was paid tribute to in fine style tonight by comrades whose respect he had unconditionally earned...

amon amarth AMON AMARTH VIKING CRUSADE TO TOUR UK AND IRELAND THIS AUTUMN WITH TESTAMENT AND GRAND MAGUS ON THE BILL
"We are bringing our berserker party to a town near you and we hope to see you there so you can 'Raise Your Horns' together with us to glory!"

download festival IRON MAIDEN DRUMMER NICKO McBRAIN: "BRUCE DICKINSON IS MY HERO"
"I mean, just listen to the performance of 'Death Or Glory'. You know, that's just a little bit of what he gives in these live shows. And we're all having such a great time."

eric clapton ERIC CLAPTON SUFFERING FROM INCURABLE DAMAGE TO HIS NERVOUS SYSTEM AND IS STRUGGLING TO PLAY GUITAR
"I've had quite a lot of pain over the last year. And I've had to figure out how to deal with some other things from getting old..."

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD DAY TO BE CELEBRATED IN LONDON IN JULY
"20th July has been chosen as it was their first date at the Roundhouse in 1975, hence the venue in Camden..."

sabaton SABATON RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'THE LOST BATTALION', FIRST SINGLE FROM 'THE LAST STAND'
'The Lost Battalion' is the name given to nine companies of the United States' 77th Division during the battle of the Argonne in 1918...

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..."

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...

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..."

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