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Former SAMSON And IRON MAIDEN Drummer THUNDERSTICK Is Back With New Album, 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'

After playing with a developing IRON MAIDEN in the seventies and then moving to SAMSON (being instrumental in finding a very youthful Bruce Dickinson), Barry Graham Purkis became the figurehead of the newly emerging NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) scene. This was done by creating an alter ego Thunderstick, a masked persona known ...

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GRAHAM BONNET BAND Joined By JAG PANZER Guitarist JOEY TAFOLLA

The GRAHAM BONNET BAND has announced the addion of Joey Tafolla as the group's new guitarist. Effective immediately, Joey will be joining the band for all upcoming tour dates and the recording of a new GRAHAM BONNET BAND album, the follow-up to last year's acclaimed "The Book" release. Graham comments: "It's great to have Joey ...

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Live in Birmingham 2016 - RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW

Billed as a "return to rock", and under the name RAINBOW, legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore tantalized his fans with three highly anticipated sold-out shows last summer. Admittedly financially motivated, Blackmore assembled a live band that featured current and past members of his folk/medieval outfit BLACKMORE'S NIGHT. The first two German performances were filmed with the ...

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GRAHAM BONNET Joins Forces With DARIO MOLLO In EZOO

Legendary singer Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MSG, ALCATRAZZ, GRAHAM BONNET BAND) has joined forces with Italian axeman and producer Dario Mollo in a new project called EZOO. The band's debut album, "Feeding The Beast", will be released on June 2 via earMUSIC. Grooving and stomping music, with the great feeling straight from the golden days of ...

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RITCHIE BLACKMORE's Reactivated RAINBOW Is Recording New Music

The revamped version of RAINBOW recently entered the studio to record band's first new music in more than two decades. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore stepped away from his Renaissance-inspired brand of music with BLACKMORE'S NIGHT last year to perform a handful of shows with a brand-new lineup of the band he had formed after quitting DEEP ...

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Video: JOE LYNN TURNER Performs RAINBOW Classics In Oslo

Fan-filmed video footage of Joe Lynn Turner's March 24 performace at the Hard Rock Café in Oslo, Norway can be seen below (courtesy of Mr AOR). Joe Lynn Turner last year slammed Ritchie Blackmore for the guitarist's decision to go out and perform classic DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW material with a new group musicians instead ...

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THE FERRYMEN Feat. RAINBOW Singer, PRIMAL FEAR Guitarist Joined By Drummer MIKE TERRANA

THE FERRYMEN, the new project featuring guitarist Magnus Karlsson (MAGNUS KARLSSON'S FREE FALL, PRIMAL FEAR) and vocalist Ronnie Romero (LORDS OF BLACK, RAINBOW), has been joined by acclaimed drummer Mike Terrana (TARJA, RAGE, AXEL RUDI PELL, VISION DIVINE). THE FERRYMEN's debut album will be released this summer via Frontiers Music Srl. Musically, you can expect ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER Announces 'Michael Schenker Fest' European Tour

Celebrated rock guitarist Michael Schenker has announced that he will be touring "Michael Schenker Fest" throughout the U.K. in November 2017. The four concerts take in London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire (November 2), Sheffield O2 Academy (November 3), Manchester O2 Ritz (November 4) and Hull City Hall (November 5). Tickets for the concerts at O2 ...

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ENSLAVED Guitarist IVAR BJØRNSON To Release Debut Album From BARDSPEC Project

BARDSPEC, the ambient project/band led by ENSLAVED composer/guitarist Ivar Bjørnson, will release its debut album, "Hydrogen", in June via By Norse. Having launched at Roadburn in 2015, BARDSPEC has since evolved into a fully-fledged band, with Steve Austin on guitars/effects, David Hall presenting the live visual aspect of the project, and the layout created by ...

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Former FAITH NO MORE Singer, MELVINS Drummer Join PRIMITIVE RACE

PRIMITIVE RACE returns with a new release this fall, appropriately titled "Volume 2". The outfit, helmed by producer/bass player Chris Kniker (REVCO, LORDS OF ACID), enlisted former FAITH NO MORE singer Chuck Mosley for vocals and MELVINS' drummer Dale Crover for the 10-song collection. "When I listened to the music for PRIMITIVE RACE, ideas just ...

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BLITZKRIEG Signs With MIGHTY MUSIC

Mighty Music has announced the signing of the legendary NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) band BLITZKRIEG. The group is currently writing material for a new album which is tentatively scheduled to be recorded in late summer. The first single is expected to be released in late 2017, with the full-length effort to follow ...

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