As reported yesterday, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN was forced to perform at The Docks in Toronto on Friday, April 6th with a reduced, three-piece band after it was discovered that proper visas and work permits had not been secured for his entire group by the time they got to the Canadian border. Yngwie, drummer John Macaluso, and bassist Randy Coven reportedly performed a full set as a power-trio and, by all accounts, did an admirable job considering the unusual circumstances. However, it appears that some fans had registered complaints through the guitarist's official web site, thus prompting Yngwie to respond on Sunday with the following “official” statement:
'Friday night's show in Toronto Canada was a tough call for me to make.
'Early in the week, we learned that the tour manager (who had to be fired for several reasons), had not secured proper paperwork (visas, work permits) for all the band members in all tour countries. I was faced with the choice of cancelling the show altogether or following the old show-business slogan of 'the show must go on.' We had just played near Buffalo the night before, which is relatively close to Toronto, but it has been quite some time since I played in Canada and a large amount of fan mail has been asking for me to play there again.
'We spoke with the promoter and many others for their opinions, and the consensus of opinion was that people come to an Yngwie Malmsteen show to see Yngwie Malmsteen, and it would be a bigger disappointment to cancel the show altogether. I don't like to disappoint fans, which is why I give 110% when I am playing on stage.
'I wish the entire band could have been with me on stage that night instead of sitting at the border on top of boxes of merchandise. I wanted to at least give the people of Toronto all I could give them under the circumstances rather than cancel the show, walk away, and give them nothing at all.'
--Sincerely, Yngwie Malmsteen”
According to ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian, the band have just received the final drafts of their Beyond / BMG contract and are expecting to sign to the label shortly. ANTHRAX are looking to start recording the next studio album in June, for a late 2001 release.
CRADLE OF FILTH's show at Nottingham's Rock City on Saturday, April 14th will be available via a webcast worldwide at the following sites:
Australia - www.route666.shock.com.au
Belgium - Canal + www.canalplus.be
USA & Canada - BWBK www.bravewords.com
Denmark - www.metalized.net
France - Watt Music - www.wattmusic.com
Greece - Metalnation.com www.metalnation.com
Holland - www.aardschok.nl
Italy - www.Metallus.it
Norway - www.metalexpress.no
Spain - Rock News - www.mastertrax.com/rocknews
Sweden - www.deo.com/se/rock/default.jsp
The above-listed sites should begin to have more information about the webcast within the following week.
KING DIAMOND's Nightmares in the Nineties compilation has just been issued in Europe via Massacre Records. As previously reported, this collection is not being endorsed by King and was apparently compiled following the group's move to Metal Blade Records for the European territory. In other KING DIAMOND news, a KD concert that was originally set to take place in Zaandam, The Netherlands on March 23rd but that was cancelled due to King's throat infection has now been officially rescheduled for April 30th.  All tickets for the March 23rd show will remain valid for the 30th.
Swedish/American melodic hard rock act TALISMAN — featuring former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN / JOHN NORUM bassist Marcel Jacob, ex-GREAT KING RAT guitarist Pontus Norgren and ex-TREAT drummer Jamie Borger — will make their UK live debut on Sunday, June 17th. This show will reportedly be the band's only UK appearance.
Finland's APOCALYPTICA have just released a special 2001 limited digipack edition of the Cult CD, including tracks that feature guest vocal performances from GUANO APES' Sandra Nasic and THE FARMER BOYS' Matthias Sayer.
The full track listing is as follows:
05. In Memoriam
07. Beyond Time
11. Hall of the Mountain King
12. Until It Sleeps
13. Fight Fire With Fire
1. Path Vol. 2 (feat. Sandra Nasic)
2. Hope Vol. 2 (feat. Matthias Sayer)
3. Nothing Else Matters (live from Munich, October 2000)
4. Harmageddon  (live from Munich, Oct. 2000)
5. Inquisition Symphony (live from Munich, Oct. 2000)
In other APOCALYPTICA news, the band have lined up several European gigs during the summer months. These are the confirmed dates so far:
June 14 – Munich, GER @ Tollwood Festival
June 15 – Osnabrueck, GER @ Schlosspark
July 04 – Honberg, GER @ Zeltfestival
July 07 – Glauchau, GER @ Woodstage Festival
July 08 – Heilbronn, GER @ Gaffenberg Festival
Aug. 11 – Rothenburg, GER @ Taubertal Festival
Aug. 17 – Jena, GER @ Kultursommer
Aug. 18 – Weeze, GER @ Bizarre-Festival
Sept. 02 – Hildesheim, GER @ Mera Luna Festival
Holland's THE GATHERING have cancelled their scheduled appearance at the Twiske & Shout Festival in Twiske, Holland on June 16th. No reason was given for the cancellation.
Sweden's DARK FUNERAL have set the track listing for their third full-length album for No Fashion Records, entitled Diabolis Interium. The Peter Tagtgren-produced effort will contain the following songs:
01. The Arrival Of Satan's Empire
02. Hail Murder
03. Goddess Of Sodomy
04. Diabolis Interium
05. An Apprentice Of Satan
06. Thus I Have Spoken
07. Armageddon Finally Comes
08. Heart Of Ice
Early reports are suggesting that the album is “both technically and musically a huge improvement over their previous musical works”. No release date has been announced as yet.
MR. BIG are tentatively scheduled to release their as-yet-untitled, Richie Zito-produced new album in August.
Sweden's “US-style death metal” band SPAWN OF POSSESSION are currently at Pama Studios recording a new promo CD.
NASUM's split 7' EP with ASTERISK*, featuring five brand new NASUM tracks, is out now. Copies can be ordered for $5 US (world) / 30 SEK (Sweden) directly from the band. For more info, visit the band's official web site: www.nasum.com
'80s Canadian hard rockers HELIX have lined up four shows on the American East Coast in early June. The dates are as follows:
June 06-07 – TBA
June 08 – New York, NY @ TBA
June 09 - Springfield, Virginia @ Fat Jaxx
HELIX are also scheduled to perform with GREAT WHITE in Moscow, Russia on May 11th and 12th, and they hope to be filming and recording both these shows to be released on DVD/CD at a later date.