MetalTalk Gig Of The Week | Alcatrazz joined by Girlschool on stage and single

Alcatrazz, who will release Take No Prisoners, their sixth studio album and the third in three years, on 19 May 2023 via Silver Lining Music, are halfway through their UK co-headline tour with Girlschool, along with epic NWOBHM band Tytan. Tonight, the three bands stop off in Newcastle at Trillians.

“The band just keeps getting better every show,” Alcatrazz keyboard player Jimmy Waldo said ahead of the tour. “Across Europe last year, we had a fantastic response and enthusiastic fans nightly. Us touring with Girlschool really brings the Metal to town, and we are looking forward to bringing it to the UK, THE home of Heavy Metal. Black Sabbath, Saxon, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, are we excited?… Are you kidding me?”

Don’t Get Mad…Get Even is the new single from Take No Prisoners, and its a right head-banging fist-pumper. “Don’t Get Mad…Get Even is a very Thin Lizzy, AC/DC-ish type of tune,” Waldo says. “To make it even better, we have our friends from Girlschool joining us on the chorus. We recorded this during our last European tour when both bands were together, and it turned out fantastic.”

Girlschool. Hammersmith Eventim Apollo
Girlschool, Hammersmith. Photo: Robert Sutton

“On a day off during the tour, in a hotel room in France, we were suddenly asked to jump in and sing the chorus on a new Alcatrazz song,” says Girlschool’s drummer Denise Dufort. “Jimmy Waldo had his mobile recording gear on the road, and we all got round the microphone. We had fun doing this one, and it’s a really good song. A great hard rock song.”

The Camden Underworld show is rescheduled from 2022, so original tickets remain valid. Take No Prisoners can be pre-ordered from


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