Posts Tagged “British Bands”

DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott was interviewed on this morning’s (Tuesday, March 18) edition of “The Heidi & Frank Show” on KLOS 95.5 FM radio station in Los Angeles, California. You can now watch video footage of his appearance below.

As previously reported, DEF LEPPARD and KISS have announced one of the hottest double bills of the summer, with the bands joining forces to hit both arenas and sheds all over North America. The tour kicks off on June 23 in West Valley, Utah at the USANA Amphitheater and winds down on August 31 in Woodlands, Texas at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

The two bands held a joint press conference on L.A.’s Sunset Strip at the House Of Blues. According to The Pulse Of Radio, Elliott shed light on how the two bands actually came together. “One and one make three in these situations. Two great bands going out together. There will be no dead time — there will be no dead air space. Y’know, it’ll be, hits, hits, hits.

“‘Bout two years ago, myself and Gene [Simmons] did a little tour of South America, under the guise of the ROCK N’ ROLL ALL STARS — a bunch of guys from GUNS N’ ROSES and BILLY IDOL, and what have you. And other than trying to out-do each other with obscure British bands like the IDLE RACE and the PINK FAIRIES — who knew each band better — we discussed doing this as well; that one day DEF LEPPARD and KISS would tread the boards together, as it were, and it’s finally happened, which is fantastic.”

DEF LEPPARD released a Deluxe Edition of its 1996 classic album “Slang” across multiple formats through its own Bludgeon Riffola label on February 10.

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One of the defining bands of the djent movement and, more importantly, a fucking great tech metal band in their own right, The Safety Fire continue to earn as deserved status as one of the most promising young British bands around right now.

They’ve just kicked off their UK tour in support of new album Mouth Of Swords, continuing for four more dates around the UK, so if you’re local this weekend and beyond, go and check them out. Well? GO ON.

5th Sep – Nottingham – Rock City Basement TICKETS: www.alt-tickets
6th Sep – Leeds – Cockpit 3 TICKETS:
7th Sep – Glasgow – Audio TICKETS:
8th Sep – Bristol – The Exchange TICKETS:

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All the best new bands are rock fans first and foremost. It means they’re here for the sheer love of it, with no ulterior motive, just like the rest of us. James Power, frontman for St Albans post-hardcore band Floods, still hasn’t quite got over the shock of last year’s festival season, which saw him tracking down his heroes (Brent Hinds from Mastodon, Jason Butler from LetLive, Chris Jericho from Fozzy, and er, Steve-O from Jackass) like the world’s biggest fanboy. But it was hitting the Sonisphere stage that made him realise his own band may soon be inspiring similar devotion.

“It was an amazing feeling to be able to play in front of that kind of crowd,” he remembers. “We got to play Download too, so that’s a life goal ticked off the sheet. The only thing now is to go up a stage each time.”

Not bad for a band that were only ever supposed to be a bedroom project. When they formed, the plan was just to make music for themselves. Members came and went with dizzying regularity. Everyone got on with day jobs and other projects. But then, people started to notice the music – melodic but tough post-hardcore that reveals a love of turn-of-the-century British bands like Hundred Reasons and Million Dead, with a fat dose of metalcore thrown in for good measure. But they find their own groove on their self-titled new album thanks, oddly enough, to the upheaval in personnel. Co-frontman Jason Houlihan quit earlier in the year, leaving James – a screamer, not a singer – to step into the breach alone.

“It was a massive jump for me to go from being the second guy to doing the main vocals for the whole band,” he admits. “But I’m a complete attention seeker even if I’m not on the stage. I have no problem with making myself look like a dick. If that’s what it takes, so be it. It’s an outer manifestation of what I actually am – a bit of a freak.”

Now the plan is to strike while the iron is hot – after getting a taste for big crowds, there’s ambitious talk of weightier tours and European festivals, of reaching more people and carving a gloriously noisy trail across the UK. And most of all, having seen the local St Albans scene dwindle in the last few years, they want to inspire the next wave of British metal fans to pick up a guitar and make things happen for themselves.

“Anyone can be in a band,” says James. “I don’t really have any massive musical talent. I can scream, which is pretty abstract, that someone can do that in a band. Metal is very nonjudgmental, isn’t it? Anyone can do it, anyone can go in and be in a metal band with their friends and have fun. And they will!”

What are you waiting for? The floodgates have opened.

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Mark of Foster The People has said that the follow-up to the band’s 2011 debut album will be “heavily” influenced by British bands The Clash and The Kinks.

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Come find out how you can hang out with two of the best new British bands around inside!


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After the incredible albums that came out in 1980, the following year wasn’t even close in terms of groundbreaking metal albums. In fact, 1981 was probably the weakest year of the ’80s. The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal bands were still going strong in 1981, and most of the albums were from British bands. However, there were a couple American bands on the list, and one that would put the Sunset Strip of Los Angeles on the map and open the floodgates for a deluge of glam and hair bands that we would see for the rest of the decade.

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How does one describe Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction? With  We Are Zolsung, the British-based bands’ ninth release blasting thru my ears, I am trying to put my finger on it. With one…

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One of our favourite rising British bands release the video to the title-track of their quite stunning new album, ‘Far Q’. Check it out inside! (more…)

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Bon Jovi are seeking five unsigned British bands to support them when they play a month-long residency at London’s O2 Arena in June.

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Respect to one of our favourite British bands of the past few years getting their break on the latest Lucozade advert. See it inside! (more…)

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