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Quality fan-filmed video footage of STEEL PANTHER‘s March 12 performance at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands can be seen below.

STEEL PANTHER is the ’80s metal/hard rock tribute band formerly known as METAL SKOOL. Onstage, the band both pays tribute to and lampoons the heyday of ’80s glam metal. The group’s between-song comedy includes jests at conflict between bandmembers, discussions of drugs, sex, and improvised humor with the crowd.

Regarding naysayers that say STEEL PANTHER is a joke-metal band, the group’s drummer Stix Zadinia told the South Bend Tribune: “Listen to our record and tell us that our songs aren’t better than most of the bands out there. How funny is that? At the end of the day, it comes down to the songs. I think our songs — without sounding egotistical — I think our songs are great. When you hear the hooks in our songs, you hear the playing and you hear the vocals, you throw that up against any band in any era, and I think it stands up.”

STEEL PANTHER will release its third full-length album, “All You Can Eat”, in the United States on April 1 on Open E Records via Kobalt Label Services (KLS). The 12-song CD, which was produced by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, ADRENALINE MOB), is available for pre-order at

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LA metal legends W.A.S.P. will headline Hard Rock Hell 8!

Blackie Lawless et al will be joined at the annual Wales shindig by MSG, Y&T , Diamond Head , Electric Mary, Bonafide, Grifter, Heavy Metal Kids and Carousel Vertigo.

Hard Rock Hell 8 takes place November 13-16 at Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park in Pwllheli, North Wales. Head to

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Berlin psychedelic hard rock trio Kadavar has announced a North American headlining tour, set to kick off on April 4th in Houston, TX. The scheduled five week trek — presented by Scion AV — will see the band take the stage in 25 major markets across the U.S

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Singer Cristina Scabbia of Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL recently spoke to the Chicago Tribune about the band’s participation in this year’s “Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock” tour alongside SICK PUPPIES, EYES SET TO KILL and CILVER.

“This thing about the hottest chick, it’s been following me around since 2007,” she said. “That’s when I was on the cover of Revolver [magazine] for the first time.

“In one way, it’s frustrating, because I’m still a singer, I’m not a model … but I can’t deny it’s flattering. It’s not a bad thing that they consider you a good-looking woman. … A lot of people stay there all the time, but when they hear me singing, the problem goes away.”

She added: “I don’t really look at myself as a hot chick at all. I really feel like a tomboy. I have a lot of doubts about what the word ‘hot’ means. It’s so much more behind the look that’s attractive to me. Just looking at a picture of someone hot, what does that mean? That they look hot naked? That I would have sex with this person? It’s a question mark. …

“(In photo shoots) they never showed my boobs. I never went out half naked. That means I can communicate hotness in a different way, and that makes me proud.

Asked what it’s like being the only female on a tour bus, Cristina said: “I’m a little bit of a tomboy. I’m constantly with the guys in a tour bus, 24 hours a day for months.

“I never saw myself as a girlie girl; that might be the key…

“The only privacy you have is in your bunk.

“It’s a tough one. You just need to have it in your blood as a lifestyle. It’s much more than, ‘Ooh, you’re going out to play for a lot of people. Must be cool.’ There’s a lot of sacrifice, especially since we’re not making millions. We’re struggling, too.”

LACUNA COIL‘s new studio album, “Broken Crown Halo”, will be released in North America on April 1 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded Italy by producer Jay Baumgardner (P.O.D., SEVENDUST, EVANESCENCE, PAPA ROACH) and engineer Kyle Hoffmann (P.O.D., BUSH, ZEBRAHEAD). The effort was mastered by Howie Weinberg, whose credits include RAMMSTEIN, SOUNDGARDEN, NIRVANA, DEFTONES and SHERYL CROW.

“Broken Crown Halo” is LACUNA COIL‘s seventh studio effort, and the highly-anticipated follow-up to “Dark Adrenaline”, which was released in January 2012 and saw the band tour with acts including MEGADETH, MOTÖRHEAD, VOLBEAT and SEVENDUST after debuting at No. 15 on The Billboard 200 album chart.

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On September 27, conducted an interview with ’80s hard rock queen Lita Ford. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.

Lita Ford will release a new live album, “The Bitch Is Back…Live”, on November 5 in North America, on October 25 in Germany and on October 28 in the rest of Europe through SPV/Steamhammer. The disc features a recording of Lita‘s October 2012 performance at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California.

The album will be released as a digipak with a special booklet including fan photos and download.

Where does the title come from? Lita opens the show with her rendition of the classic Elton John track “The Bitch is Back”, which was previously released as a bonus track on “Living Like A Runaway”.

“Well, I heard [the original version of the song] on the radio and I just thought it worked for Elton John, and it works for Lita Ford,” Lita explained to when asked how she came to cover the track. “It kind of makes a statement, saying, ‘She’s back,’ and this is me saying this, not anybody else, you know?! It came from me, and I spoke to Elton John backstage before we released the album and I wanted his blessing. I didn’t want to just take his song and do it because I’ve done my own version of it. It’s more guitar-orientated instead of piano. So I said to him we’re doing ‘The Bitch Is Back’ and we gave him a copy of it, and his tour manager wrote back and said, ‘It’s one rocking version.’ But I went backstage because he came through town and I went backstage and said, ‘Hello!’ and he said, ‘That’s my song,’ you know, ‘That’s my song,’ and I said, ‘Yes, it is your song,’ and I said, ‘Thank you for letting me do it,’ and he said, ‘Thank you for doing my song.’ So I thought, ‘Right on, I got his blessing.'”

“The Bitch Is Back…Live” track listing:

01. The Bitch Is Back
02. Hungry
03. Relentless
04. Living Like A Runaway
05. Devil In My Head
06. Back To The Cave
07. Can’t Catch Me
08. Out For Blood
09. Dancing On The Edge
10. Hate
11. Close My Eyes Forever
12. Kiss Me Deadly

Ford has recruited Bobby Rock (VINNIE VINCENT INVASION, NELSON) to sit behind the kit for her shows in Australia, Europe and the U.S., as well as the recent Monsters Of Rock cruise in the Bahamas.

Lita‘s touring drummer for much of 2012 was Scot Coogan, who has previously played with BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, ACE FREHLEY and LYNCH MOB.

Lita‘s current touring lineup:

* Lita Ford – Guitar, Vocals
* Mitch Perry (MSG, ASIA, EDGAR WINTER) – Guitar

Lita last year filmed a video for the song “Mother” in Joshua Tree, California. Directing the clip was Ford‘s former THE RUNAWAYS bandmate Victory Tischler-Blue, whose film “Edgeplay” was based on her tenure in the 1970s all-girl teenage rock act. “Mother” is dedicated to Lita‘s estranged sons, Rocco and James (father is former NITRO singer Jim Gillette).

Ford‘s latest album, “Living Like A Runaway”, was released on June 19, 2012 in North America. The effort was made available in four configurations: a double LP, limited-edition CD, standard CD and digital download. The artwork for the album was created by famed rock photographer Mark Weiss.



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Eddie Trunk has a new book out. The radio and That Metal Show host has written his second tome, Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal: Volume II. It includes 35 artists not given the full treatment in the first book, with biographical info, photos, personal stories from Trunk, playlists and more. I spoke with Trunk about the book, some of the artists featured in it, reaction to the changes on last season’s That Metal Show, the latest on a new season of the show and other topics.

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Swedish hard rock act Astrakhan is streaming the new track “Shadow of the Light.” The single appears on the upcoming LP “Retrospective,” which is scheduled to drop on November 15th via Power Prog Records. Astrakhan features vocalist Alex Lycke, who worked with Ebony Tears, bassist Per Schelander (Royal Hunt), keyboardist Jörgen Schelander (Misth) and drummer Martin Larsson (Misth), as well as special guest guitarist Marcus Jidell (Evergrey/Avatarium).

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With influences ranging from White Zombie to Motorhead, Beasto Blanco’s ‘Live Fast Die Loud’ is a full-length anthemic hard rock offering

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Video footage Vinny Appice‘s (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, LAST IN LINE, KILL DEVIL HILL) August 21 drum clinic at Guitar Center in Bakersfield, California can be seen below.

Vinny Appice has anchored the rhythm and power live and in the studio for the music of DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, WWIII, AXIS, Rick Derringer, John Lennon, and more. He has recorded and co-written songs on over 25 albums and CDs, including many multi-platinum records. Touring the world for over two decades resulted in selling millions of records! Vinny‘s drumming can also be heard on numerous movie soundtracks, including “Wayne’s World 2”, “Heavy Metal”, “Iron Eagle” and “Bedazzled”. Vinny, the author of drum instruction book “Rock Steady” and DVD “Hard Rock Drumming Techniques”, has performed incredible powerhouse drum clinics around the globe. Numerous books have been written about BLACK SABBATH and DIO with the authors always mentioned Vinny‘s unique powerful drumming style.


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“The Bitch is Back…Live” is a brand new live album from hard rock/metal queen Lita Ford. The release date of the album has now been pushed back slightly, with the digipak and download versions becomign avialable in USA/Canada on November 5th, Germany on October 25th, and Europe on October 28th through SPV/Steamhammer.

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