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William Shatner will release a new album, "The Blues", on October 2 via Cleopatra Records. The effort find the legendary actor deliver exactly what the title suggests: covers of blues classics. The LP's latest single, "The Thrill Is Gone", featuring iconic Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore on guitar and his wife, Candice Night, on background vocals.
Deep Purple tribute act, Purpendicular, are back with a new single featuring Paul Morris and Ernesto Ghezzi as well as a live version of "Somebody Done It" featuring Ian Paice on drums. The single, "Sex & Money", is the first release from the upcoming new album, which will hit the shops in early 2021. The new song features Paul Morris (ex-Rainbow) and Ernesto Ghezzi (Gotthard) as guest musicians.
Z2, the premier destination for top quality music-based comics and graphic novels, has teamed up with the Ronnie James Dio estate to create a comic book based on the the cover art of DIO's classic debut album, "Holy Diver". Tentatively due in the summer of 2021, "Ronnie James Dio's Holy Diver" will be written by Steve Niles, with art by Scott Hampton and cover by Bill Sienkiewicz.
Michael Schenker is currently in the final stages of recording a brand new Michael Schenker Group album, which is set to be released on Nuclear Blast on January 8, 2021. "Immortal" will feature a big list of friends and guests. The album's main vocalist will be uprising Chilean-born talent Ronnie Romero (Rainbow), along with Michael Voss (Mad Max), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) and Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Deep Purple, Rainbow) singing on two tracks each. Doogie White contributes also on one of the songs.
Legendary British producer Martin Birch, who is best known for engineering and producing albums by Deep Purple, Rainbow, Fleetwood Mac, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult and Iron Maiden, died earlier today (Sunday, August 9) at the age of 71. Rainbow recorded their first 3 studio albums with Martin Birch.
Alcatrazz has returned after years of silence. It's been over 30 years since the renowned act released their last album. The founding core of bassist Gary Shea, keyboardist Jimmy Waldo and vocalist Graham Bonnet (formerly of Rainbow) have forged ahead and reassembled. They're flanked by guitarist Joe Stump and drummer Mark Benquechea. Guest contributions by Steve Vai, Chris Impellitteri, Bob Kulick and Jeff Waters
Rainbow singer Ronnie Romero has rejoined Lords Of Black. The band is putting the finishing touches on its next album, "Alchemy Of Souls - Part I", due later in the year via Frontiers Music Srl. Romero announced his departure from the Spanish melodic progressive metal act in January 2019. In addition to Rainbow and Lords Of Black, Romero is also a member of The Ferrymen and Vandenberg.
Legendary rock journalist Mick Wall is working with Wendy Dio on the long-awaited autobiography of the heavy metal master, which was partially written before the singer's death and which was originally scheduled to be published several years ago. They were looking for the beginning of 2021 for the book's release, but now it's on hold, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also tentatively due in 2021 is a documentary that will cover Dio's career from his early days with ELF to his final project, Heaven & Hell.
Wymer Publishing has set a September 4 release date for "In The Shadow Of The Wizard: Rainbow 1975-1976". A full-color, 224-page A4 hardback coffee-table-style book, it comprehensively documents Rainbow's first formative period, including the recording of the first album, while Ritchie Blackmore was still a member of Deep Purple; the first North American tour; the making of the seminal "Rising" and the lengthy world tour that followed.
Tokyo Motor Fist, the band featuring vocalist Ted Poley, guitarist Steve Brown, bassist Greg Smith and drummer Chuck Burgi has re-signed with Frontiers Music. The follow-up album to the group's 2017 self-titled debut is expected sometime in 2020. The sophomore album, "Lions", will be out on July 10. Expect catchy and uplifting hard rock, the way it should be.
Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess played with Deep Purple during the legendary English hard rock band's concert last night (Saturday, March 14) at the Hell & Heaven Metal Fest in Mexico City. Rudess was filling in for longtime Deep Purple keyboardist Don Airey, who was being in hospital awaiting an operation and was unable to make the show.
The release date of the new Deep Purple album, "Whoosh!", has been pushed back to August 7 from the previously announced June 12 (via earMusic).
Due to the momentary global virus chaos, the release date of Axel Rudi Pell's new Album 'Sign Of The Times' will be postponed from April 24th to May 8th! It's not sure if the band will be able to play the shows scheduled for May.
Turner on 80's Glam Metalcast: "You may or may not know anything about the Blackmore camp, as we call it, but they're very guarded. I found out in a newspaper called Le Parisien that I wasn't gonna be in the band. Ritchie Blackmore Is 'Cheating The Public' with current version Of Rainbow. The Rainbow [Ritchie] put together is nostalgic, but it is not Rainbow. They never did an album, and all they do is these spot dates.
Wendy Dio, wife and longtime manager of Ronnie James Dio, has confirmed that there are "a lot of unfinished songs" from the legendary heavy metal singer that may eventually see the light of day. Wendy said she's very particular about what she find, and then having someone with professional ears, like [Dio's longtime recording engineer] Wyn Davis, listen to it to make sure it's fine before we put anything out.
The new Deep Purple album featuring Roger Glover and Don Airey will be titled "Whoosh!" and will be released on June 12 via earMusic. The legendary rockers' 21st studio LP was once again helmed by Canadian producer Bob Ezrin (Kiss, Pink FloydD, Alice Cooper), who also worked on Deep Purple's last two studio albums, 2017's "Infinite" and 2013's "Now What?!".
The New Album by Axel Rudi Pell featuring Bobby Rondinelli is called "Sign Of The Times" and will be out on April 24th, 2020 on Steamhammer/SPV. Available as Limited DigiPak, Jewel Case Clear Tray Edition, 2LP Gatefold (140 g, red vinyl with black swirls, printed inner sleeves), Download, Streaming & Limited Boxset incl. CD Digi, 2LP with different color, A1 Poster, Magnet, Sticker, A5 Photocard, Button and more (Europe only).
Vandenberg is back! The man himself, Adrian Vandenberg has never really been away, but the band that carries his proud name has returned, after an absence that lasted for more than three decades. Adrian got Ronnie Romero as new singer. Together with Rudy Sarzo on bass and Brian Tichy on drums the band have recorded nine all new original songs. Backed by drummer Koen Herfst and bassist Randy van der Elsen the band plan to hit the road, soon.
Although no tour dates have yet been announced, Ronnie's widow and manager Wendy Dio told The Metal Voice at this past Wednesday's (January 15) Metal Hall Of Fame event in Anaheim, California that fans can expect to see a digital version of the legendary heavy metal singer back on tour in May and June.
Uriah Heep keyboardist Phil Lanzon lost his eldest son Matthew to cancer just before Christmas. As a result, Phil will not be able to perform with Uriah Heep for two German shows next week: January 14 in Würzburg and January 15 in Frankfurt. Deep Purple's Don Airey has agreed to step up and cover for his old friend Phil for these two shows.
Producer and master studio engineer Nick Blagona, a.k.a. "The Tone Guru," whose credits include Rainbow (Straight Between The Eyes), Roger Glover (The Mask) and Deep Purple (Perfect Strangers, House of Blue Light & Slaves and Masters), died Jan. 4 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. He was 74.
Wymer Publishing has set a March 20, 2020 publication date for "Dance With The Devil - The Cozy Powell Story". Powell's career as a musician is a story that needs to be told. Author is Laura Shenton. Aside from her detailed research, her understanding of music adds an insightful angle on Powell's abilities in this, the first and long-overdue biography of this highly talented and much missed musician that presents Powell's career in all its glory.
earMusic will release Deep Purple's "Live In Rome 2013" on December 6. This album takes the audience back to the "Now What?!" tour of 2013 when Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Steve Morse and Don Airey celebrated their first album after the passing of former bandmate and good friend Jon Lord.
Graham Bonnet will be unable to participate in Michael Schenker Fest's U.K. dates in April 2020 because he will be recovering from spinal surgery to alleviate a pinched nerve. Bonnet will still take part in Michael Schenker Fest's Japanese shows in March 2020. Michael Schenker's second studio album, "Revelation", was released last week through Nuclear Blast.
Frontiers Music Srl will release The Ferrymen's sophomore album, titled "A New Evil", on October 11. The band, featuring guitarist Magnus Karlsson (Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall, Primal Fear), vocalist Ronnie Romero (Rainbow, Lords Of Black) and drummer Mike Terrana (Tarja, Rage, Axel Rudi Pell, Vision Divine), released its debut album in June 2017.
Legendary hard rock vocalist Joe Lynn Turner has confirmed that he is collaborating with Swedish producer and multi-instrumentalist Peter Tägtgren on a new album, to be released in early 2020. According to Joe, there are "absolutely" plans for him and the Pain and Hypocrisy leader to tour in support of the upcoming disc.