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10th August 2017

peter and the test tube babies

Peter Bywaters, singer of Punk Rock icons Peter And The Test Tube Babies, has been deported from the USA after being refused entry and subsequently interrogated for six hours at San Francisco airport.

The band were due to play at the Punk Invasion Festival in Santa Ana, Orange County last weekend but Bywaters was put on a plane back to London.

During the course of his six hour interrogation at the hands of CBP (Customs and Border Protection) officers, he was confronted with photos and videos of himself dressed as President Donald Trump taken during his last German tour where the frontman was particularly scathing about Trump and American politics in general.

Here's some footage from that notorious tour:

Bywaters has his passport and phone taken, he was finger printed, DNA swabbed, photographed and forced to make a sworn statement before being escorted to his seat on the plane.

During the eleven hour flight home he was denied any alcohol. When he asked why, he was told: "It is United Airlines policy to refuse alcohol to deportees on all of our flights."

Back in London Bywaters got his phone and passport back and stated:

"A US tour or festival will never ever happen again!"

Peter And The Test Tube Babies played the festival with the help of guest vocalists Joey of Narcoleptic Youth, Ron of Lower Class Brats, Gabe of Oi Scouts and Mike of Blank 77.

'That Shallot', the new Peter And The Test Tube Babies album, will be released on September 15th via Nuclear Blast imprint label Arising Empire. It's the band's first new album since 2004.

New single, 'Crap Californian Punk Band', featuring Lars Frederiksen from Rancid, will be released on September 1st and you can catch Peter And The Test Tube Babies live at the following dates:

September 29th: Stoke, Venue 11
September 30th: North East Calling, Sunderland
October 1st: Manchester. Venue TBC
October 6th: London, 100 Club
October 7th: The Great British Alternative Festival, Skegness
November 4th: Midlands Calling - Wolverhampton, Wulfrun hall
November 24th: Southampton, Talking Heads
November 25th: Ramsgate, Elephant & Castle
December 29th: Brighton, The Prince Albert
December 30th: London, New Cross Inn

Peter And The Test Tube Babies are:
Peter Bywaters - vocals
Derek 'Del' Greening - guitar
Nick Abnett - bass
Sam Fuller - drums

judas priest


monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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