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PAUL DI'ANNO Planning 30th-Anniversary Tour Of Brazil

Former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno has issued the following update: "I am touring Brazil for the first time with the Brazilian band HANGAR (featuring [ex-ANGRA drummer] Aquiles Priester) and this is going to be the 30th-anniversary, limited-edition tour. This is a one-off tour (once in a lifetime) featuring all of the MAIDEN classic songs ...

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LOUDNESS: European Tour Dates Announced

Japanese metallers LOUDNESS have scheduled the following European tour dates: July 16/17 - Bang Your Head!!! - Balingen, Germany July 18 - Zwarte Cross - Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands July 19 - Dynamo Club - Eindhoven, Netherlands July 20 - Knust - Hamburg, Germany July 22 - On Stage Club - Athens, Greece July 23 - Matrix ...

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PAUL DI'ANNO Secures U.S. Visa For Upcoming Tour

According to Dallas-based music immigration attorney Matt Gallagher, former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno's visa was approved today by the U.S. State Department, making it possible for Di'Anno to embark on his first U.S. tour in over 15 years. Tour producer Gabe Reed commented, "Matt Gallagher's securing of this visa for Paul after so many ...

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PAUL DI'ANNO: Pro-Shot Footage Of Japanese 'Classic Rock Jam' Available

Former IRON MAIDEN singer Paul Di'Anno took part in the Classic Rock Jam on October 11, 2009 at Shinjuku Koseinenkin-Kaikan in Tokyo, Japan. Professionally filmed video footage of his appearance can be viewed below. Other musicians that took part in the event included Keiko Terada (SHOW-YA), Masashi Nishida (EARTHSHAKER), Minoru Niihara (LOUDNESS) and Eizo Sakamoto ...

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TWISTED SISTER Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD!!! Festival

TWISTED SISTER has been confirmed for next year's Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place July 16-17, 2010 in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: ANVIL BULLET DORO ENFORCER JAG PANZER KROKUS JON OLIVA'S PAIN LOUDNESS QUEENSRŸCHE RATT SABATON TWISTED SISTER More acts will be announced soon. For more information, ...

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LOUDNESS To Release 'Live Loudest At The Budokan '91'

Japanese metallers LOUDNESS will release a CD+DVD set entitled "Live Loudest At The Budokan '91" on December 23 via Warner Music Japan. The album was recorded on May 31, 1991 in Tokyo, Japan and features Mike Vescera (OBSESSION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) on vocals. The track listing for the package is as follows: Disc 1 01. Down ...

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LOUDNESS Guitarist Jams With CHAD SMITH'S BOMBASTIC MEATBATS In Tokyo; Video Available

Live footage of L.A. all-stars CHAD SMITH'S BOMBASTIC MEATBATS jamming THE WHO classic "Who Are You" in Tokyo, Japan with special guest Akira Takasaki of legendary metal band LOUDNESS can be viewed below. The MEATBATS, featuring guitarist Jeff Kollman (COSMOSQUAD, GLENN HUGHES), bassist Kevin Chown (UNCLE CRACKER, TED NUGENT), and keyboardist Ed Roth (GLENN HUGHES, ...

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Former CELTIC FROST Mainman's TRIPTYKON Completes Mixing Debut Album

Former CELTIC FROST and current TRIPTYKON frontman Tom Gabriel Fischer has issued the following update: "We finished mixing TRIPTYKON's first album at Woodshed Studio in Germany late last week. I have now returned to Switzerland, where we will have it mastered by Walter Schmid at his Oakland Recording studio in Winterthur, Switzerland, on Monday. Walter ...

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STYGIA's Touring Lineup To Include Singer MICHAEL VESCERA

Boston, Massachusetts-based up-and-coming "shred" guitarist Todd Seitz has issued the following update on the debut album from his STYGIA project, entitled "Divine Allegiance": "Everything is recorded except for the guitar tracks. I've finally improved my studio equipment, so I'm taking the time to make sure the guitar tone will be just right. "I plan on ...

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MUSTAINE: Seems Like BLABBERMOUTH & ROADRUNNER Are Only People Who Don't Like Me Or MEGADETH

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site: "There has been a lot of talk about the possibility of a 'Big Four' tour [featuring METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX], and while I find the timing peculiar, the opportunity is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, because we ...

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OBSESSION Working On New Album

Reunited classic early '80s metal band OBSESSION is working on a new album, entitled "Order of Chaos", for a tentative 2010 release. The group is also said to be in talks with Ulterium Records about a possible new record deal. OBSESSION has been confirmed to perform at next year's Keep It True XIII festival, set ...

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STYGIA: 'Divine Allegiance' Album Update

Boston, Massachusetts-based up-and-coming "shred" guitarist Todd Seitz has issued the following update on the debut album from his STYGIA project, entitled "Divine Allegiance": "We have made tons of progress on the STYGIA 'Divine Allegiance' recordings. Mike [Vescera; ex-LOUDNESS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN] completed his vocal tracks for the entire album. Kevin [Codfert; ADAGIO] is nearly finished ...

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THESYRE Seeking New Label Home

Quebec, Canada-based black/thrash metallers THESYRE have issued the following update: "Our contractual obligations with France's Osmose Productions ended with the release of 'Résistance', our second and last album for them. We're now free agents and shall consider the options for the release of our next album, on which we're already working." "Résistance" was released on ...

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LOUDNESS: 'Munetaka Higuchi: Forever Our Hero' DVD Out Now

Japanese metallers LOUDNESS have just released a new concert DVD, "Munetaka Higuchi: Forever Our Hero". The footage was filmed/recorded at a tribute show in memory of late LOUDNESS drummer Munetaka Higuchi, which was held on February 14, 2009 at C.C. Lemon Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Released in Japan on June 24, "Munetaka Higuchi: Forever Our ...

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LOUDNESS: 'Hit The Rails' Video Available

"Hit The Rails", the new video from veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS, can be viewed below. The song comes off the band's latest album, "The Everlasting", which came out on May 27 via Tokuma Japan Communications. The track listing for the CD (along with three samples) is as follows: 01. Hit The Rails (audio) ...

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THESYRE: New Song Available For Streaming

Quebec, Canada-based black/thrash metallers THESYRE have made a new song, "Matérialisme consumériste infectieux", available for streaming via the ReverbNation widget below. The track comes off the band's forthcoming album, "Résistance", which is scheduled for release on April 14 via Osmose Productions. The LP version will follow a short time later on Nightmare/War Arts Productions. "Résistance" ...

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ADAGIO Keyboardist To Guest On STYGIA Debut

ADAGIO's Kevin Codfert will record the majority of keyboards on "Divine Allegiance", the debut album from STYGIA, the project led by Boston, Massachusetts-based up-and-coming "shred" guitarist Todd Seitz. Todd says, "Though there have been a few changes of plans with keyboardists, this should be the final one. Kevin plans on starting his keyboard recording after ...

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LOUDNESS To Release 'Return To Forever - Aun' In May

Veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS will release their new studio album, "Return To Forever - Aun", on May 27 via is Tokuma Japan Communications. LOUDNESS's upcoming tour of Japan will focus exclusively on songs from the band's first four albums — "The Birthday Eve" (1981), "Devil Soldier" (1982), "Law Of Devil's Land" (1983) and "Disillusion" (1984). ...

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THESYRE: New Song Posted Online

Quebec, Canada-based black/thrash metallers THESYRE have posted a new song, "Hymne au mérite", on their MySpace page. The track comes off the band's forthcoming album, "Résistance", which is scheduled for release later in the year via Osmose Productions. "Résistance" will feature the following track listing: 01. Au présent 02. Hymne au mérite 03. ...

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LOUDNESS To Release New Album In May

According to a posting on LOUDNESS' official web site, the Japanese band's as-yet-untitled new album will be released in Japan on May 27 through Tokuma Japan Communications. More information will be made available soon. LOUDNESS's upcoming tour of Japan will focus exclusively on songs from the band's first four albums — "The Birthday Eve" (1981), ...

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LOUDNESS To Focus On Early Material For Japanese Tour

According to a posting on LOUDNESS guitarist Akira Takasaki's web site, the Japanese metal veterans will perform songs exclusively from their first four albums — "The Birthday Eve" (1981), "Devil Soldier" (1982), "Law Of Devil's Land" (1983) and "Disillusion" (1984) — during the band's upcoming tour of Japan. The dates are as follows: ...

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