NWOBHM legends AVENGER UK (formerly AVENGER) have been confirmed for the Rock of Ages Fest, set to take place September 6-7 at the Palace in Tamworth, UK. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:
Saturday, September 6
TYGERS OF PAN TANG
NEW GENERATION SUPERSTARS
Sunday, September 7
STEVE GRIMMET'S GRIM REAPER
Tickets for the festival go on sale on January 31.
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AVENGER is originally a band from the legendary NWOBHM movement with over 20 years of history (spanning over three decades). Releasing albums and EPs on the Neat Records label in the 1980s alongside other legendary artists such as the TYGERS OF PAN TANG, VENOM, WHITE SPIRIT, ATOMKRAFT, BLITZKRIEG, MARSHALL LAW, JAGUAR, FIST and RAVEN. The "Avenger Anthology: Too Wild to Tame" CD was released by Sanctuary Records in 2002, containing all the AVENGER material from the 1980s (which is currently available through Amazon.co.uk and other fine retailers and record shops).
AVENGER reformed in 2005, touring with legendary rockers Y&T and also making some European festival appearances. The AVENGER lineup changed again in 2007 with the departure of original bassist Mick Moore. The group's current formation — featuring Ian Swift (AVENGER's main singer from the 1980s, also vocalist with legendary bands ATOMKRAFT and SATAN) on vocals, Garry Young (AVENGER's original drummer) on drums, Liam Thompson (guitarist of DEATH IN BLOOD) on guitar, Sean Jefferies (guitarist of FALLEN SKIES, EARTHROD) on guitar and Huw Holding on bass — has since toured with or played alongside bands such as TWISTED SISTER, CANDLEMASS, SAXON, RAGE, RAVEN, SINNER, GRIM REAPER, UFO, CRADLE OF FILTH, SKYCLAD and DIAMOND HEAD (plus many more) in 2007 alone under its new name AVENGER UK (changed for legal and other reasons).
AVENGER UK is currently working on a new album, entitled "The Slaughter Never Stops", to be released later in the year.
Watch AVENGER's "Revenge Attack" video: