ANGRA, SPOCK'S BEARD and JON OLIVA'S PAIN have been confirmed as the headlining acts of the inaugural Bay Area Rock Fest, a two-day progressive rock and metal festival set to take place May 4-5 at The Independent in San Francisco.

ANGRA returns to North America for the first time since 2005 for an exclusive appearance in the U.S. at the end of a worldwide tour which starts today in Tokyo around their latest album "Aurora Consergens". Billed as the "greatest Brazilian melodic heavy metal band," ANGRA accents its IRON MAIDEN influences with a unique Brazilian flavor to captivate listeners in its native country and beyond.

Legendary progressive rockers SPOCK'S BEARD come back to the Bay Area with their unique mix of progressive rock with their latest album "Spock's Beard" — the third effort to feature the vocal stylings of drummer Nick D' Virgilio. "Spock's Beard" capitalizes on the quartet's polished and expansive take on progressive rock, all the while adding new flavors and layers.

JON OLIVA'S PAIN, the solo act of legendary SAVATAGE singer and TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA composer Jon Oliva, tours on their new album "Maniacal Renderings". The Mountain King has promised a unique set which will feature songs of his new album plus many SAVATAGE classics and songs never performed live as well as some stories on SAVATAGE and the late, great Criss Oliva. Other bands appearing on the bill include Bay Area bands ENCHANT, ZERO HOUR and TIMELINE as well as ODIN'S COURT from Maryland. Making their appearance for the first time in the United States is Australia's new progressive power metal masters — EYEFEAR. One more band will be announced later.

"I am excited to bring this mix of top acts in the progressive rock and progressive metal genre," comments David Hatchell, the festival organizer. "The Bay Area has always had a strong rock and metal scene, but also a history of audiences appreciating a great diversity in music from the days of Bill Graham. I am confident that all fans of rock and metal will enjoy seeing the best of the local and international bands that focus on the best melodic, progressive and hard-charging rock and roll on the planet!"

Tickets for the Bay Area Rock Fest will go on sale February 11 at the Independent box office and through Only 500 tickets will be made available to the public. Ticket costs will be $85.00 for the festival covering both nights. There will be a limited number of VIP sponsorships available for individual patrons. Additional sponsorships are also available.

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