Scorpions announce epic 50th anniversary world tour

Scorpions 2014

Legendary German rock band Scorpions have announced that they are to embark to an extensive world tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

Making the announcement via their Facebook page the band said: “The SCORPIONS invite you to a extensive 50th-Anniversary-World-Tour, beginning in spring 2015 well into the year 2016 to celebrate with their fans from all over the world unforgettable Rock’n‘Roll-Parties.”

Current confirmed dates include:

May 08th: Pardubice, Czech Republic – ČEZ Aréna
May 09th: Lodz, Poland – Atlas Arena
Jun 20th: Clisson, France – Hellfest
Jun 21st: Dessel, Belgium – Graspop
Jul 18th: Sion, Switzerland – Plaine de Tourbillon
Jul 19th: Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, France – Guitare En Scene
Jul 25th: Maidstone, United Kingdom – Mote Park (Ramblin’ Man Fair)
Aug 15th: Eckernförde, Germany – Rock am Strand
Aug 21st: Coburg, Germany – Schlossplatz
Nov 28th: Zürich Switzerland – Hallenstadion

Mar 14th: Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyer-Halle
Mar 16th: München, Germany – Olympiahalle
Mar 18th: Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle
Mar 19th: Mannheim, Germany – SAP Arena
Mar 21st: Hamburg, Germany – O2 World
Mar 23rd: Berlin, Germany – O2 World
Mar 24th: Leipzig, Germany – Arena
Mar 26th: Frankfurt, Germany – Festhalle

Many more dates are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Fleetwood Mac add five nights to world tour schedule

Fleetwood Mac 2014 Reunion

Fleetwood Mac have added additional dates to the UK and Ireland leg of their On With The Show world tour.

A fifth night in London, as well as extra nights in Glasgow, Leeds, Birmingham and Dublin have all been added to the schedule.

Tickets for the new shows went on sale at 9am this morning (Thursday 4th December) and mean that Fleetwood Mac will now play a total of 18 dates across the UK and Ireland, including the Isle Of Wight Festival.

A full list of confirmed tour dates is now as follows:

May 27th: The O2 London
May 28th: The O2 London
Jun 08th: Genting Arena Birmingham
Jun 09th: Genting Arena Birmingham
Jun 12th: Manchester Arena
Jun 14th: Isle Of Wight Festival
Jun 16th: SSE Hydro Glasgow
Jun 17th: SSE Hydro Glasgow
Jun 20th: 3Arena Dublin
Jun 22nd: The O2 London
Jun 24th: The O2 London
Jun 27th: The O2 London (new date)
Jun 30th: First Direct Arena Leeds
Jul 01st: Manchester Arena
Jul 04th: Genting Arena Birmingham (new date)
Jul 05th: First Direct Arena Leeds (new date)
Jul 08th: SSE Hydro Glasgow (new date)
Jul 10th: 3Arena Dublin (new date)

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AC/DC finish recording new album


Rock legends AC/DC have announced that their new album is complete.

Speaking to Metal Hammer magazine, frontman Brian Johnson revealed that the band have been recording in Vancouver, and that the process was now finished.

“It was brilliant over there. We’re done. I’m very excited and we’ve got some great songs,” he said.

“I wanted to call the album Man Down,” he continued, “But it’s a bit negative and it was probably just straight from the heart. I like that.”

Johnson was referring to founding member of the band Malcolm Young, who announced in April that he was to step down from the group owing to ill health. Rumours had been circulating for days that AC/DC were about to retire from music, before the official statement regarding Young was made.

Meanwhile, Johnson also received an honorary degree from Northumbria University yesterday (9th June.) The university’s vice chancellor, Prof. Andrew Wathey, said that the frontman has been an “inspiration to the people of the North East and rock fans the world over.”

The new album will be released either late this year or early next, with AC/DC saying that they are likely to embark upon a world tour during 2014.

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Iron Maiden round out 3 year world tour with Sonisphere set

Bruce Dickinson Sonisphere 2014

Iron Maiden played a two hour headline set at this weekend’s Sonisphere festival, drawing a nearly 3 year long world tour to a close.

The British metal legends opened with “Moonchild” from their 1988 album Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, with frontman Bruce Dickinson declaring the crowd to be “…a loud and rowdy and thirsty bunch…”

“Tonight is the last night of a three-year tour, its all been building to this. If we don’t get it right tonight then we never will,” he continued.

The remainder of the set – as with previous dates on the band’s gargantuan tour – was based almost exclusively on Maiden’s most well known material from their 80’s run of classic albums, including songs “The Trooper”, “The Number Of The Beast”, “Run To The Hills” and in the band’s encore, “Aces High” and “The Evil That Men Do.”

Ahead of playing “Revelations”, Dickinson revealed that the last time he had sung the song was at a charity concert in Canterbury Cathedral, accompanied by Jethro Tull. “That was much more sedate, but tonight we’re giving it the full bollocks,” he said. “That’s a technical term.”

Bruce Dickinson Fokker DR1 Sonisphere 2014

Earlier in the day Dickinson had flown a Fokker DR1 triplane as part of an eight aircraft strong WWI dogfight re-enactment. The air show had been organised by Dickinson along with the Great War Display Team. The “fight” took place over a wooded area next to the main arena and was accompanied by sound effects and a live military brass band on stage. It was only fitting that Dickinson seemed to be victorious during the display, “shooting down” two other planes and performing a final flypast before Deftones took to the stage.

At the close of Iron Maiden’s set, Dickinson and the band took time to thank their crew, wider team, and the audience for “keeping it real.” Dickinson concluded by saying that “…what’s coming in the next few years is going to make it more real for you guys, believe me!”

Iron Maiden played:

“Can I Play With Madness”
“The Prisoner”
“2 Minutes To Midnight”
“The Trooper”
“Number Of The Beast”
“Phantom Of The Opera”
“Run To The Hills”
“Wasted Years”
“Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son”
“Fear Of The Dark”
“Iron Maiden”
“Aces High”
“The Evil That Men Do”

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Marianne Faithfull releases details of new album, ‘Give My Love To London’

Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull has released details of her new album.

Give My Love To London is scheduled for release in September and will feature lyrics by Faithfull and music from a host of well known artists.

On the record Faithfull will be backed by guest musicians Warren Ellis and Jim Sclavunos of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, as well as Portishead’s Adrian Utley on guitar, keyboards from Ed Harcourt, Rob Ellis on drums, Dimitri Tikovoi on bass and a string quartet. The album has been produced by Rob Ellis and Dimitri Tikovoi, and has been mixed by Flood.

Marianne Faithfull will embark on a year long world tour this autumn in support of the release. Nick Cave, Roger Waters and Anna Calvi are amongst the other artists who have written music for the album.

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