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– March 24th, 2014 – Jack Flanagan, manager of GWAR has issued an official statement: “It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 PM EST Sunday March 23,2014.

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GWAR’s manager, Jack Flanaganm has confirmed that Dave Brockie has passed away.

“It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 PM EST Sunday March 23,2014,” states Jack. “His body was found Sunday by his band mate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed. He was 50 years old, born August 30, 1963.

“My main focus right now is to look after my band mates and his family. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.”

Of course, we’d like to join Dave’s bandmates, friends, family, peers and countless fans in mourning the loss of one of metal’s greatest personalities, and we’ll keep you updated with any further developments.

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Video footage of QUIET RIOT‘s first uplugged/acoustic performance, which took place last night (Thursday, September 26) in Jensen Beach, Florida can be seen below. Photos are available at

QUIET RIOT in March 2012 recruited Scott Vokoun as its new lead singer.

The band played several shows in early February 2012 with ex-MONTROSE vocalist Keith St. John following the departure of Mark Huff.

QUIET RIOT‘s current touring lineup is as follows:

Scott Vokoun – Vocals
Frankie Banali – Drums
Chuck Wright – Bass
Alex Grossi – Guitar

QUIET RIOT singer Kevin DuBrow died in November 2007 of an accidental cocaine overdose. He was 52 years old.

QUIET RIOT was perhaps best known for its 1983 cover of “Cum On Feel The Noize”. The song, featuring DuBrow‘s powerful, gravelly voice, appeared on the band’s album “Metal Health” — which was the first by a metal band to reach No. 1 on the Billboard chart.

“Cum On Feel the Noize”:

“Mama Weer All Crazee Now”:

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Razor & Tie has announced the signing of the New York-based band THE PRETTY RECKLESS. The group is currently working on its forthcoming studio album, which is due out in 2014. Universal will release the new record in Canada anda release partner for the rest of the world will be announced soon.

THE PRETTY RECKLESS recently premiered a new track called “Going To Hell”, which is now available for sale in United States and Canada at the iTunes Store.

On September 20, THE PRETTY RECKLESS kicked off a major headline tour which will extend into mid-November. The “Going To Hell” tour will hit cities in both U.S. and Canada.

Comments THE PRETTY RECKLESS lead singer Taylor Momsen: “It feels awesome to partner with a label that truly understands rock music and we are looking forward to a great run.”

After two years on the road supporting 2010’s “Light Me Up”, THE PRETTY RECKLESS has risen through rock ‘n’ roll’s ranks to become a profound, if not polarizing, presence. The quartet has sold over 250,000 albums and 1 million digital tracks as they hit the road supporting EVANESCENCE, GUNS N’ ROSES and MARILYN MANSON in addition to headline runs in both the U.S. and abroad.

THE PRETTY RECKLESS is Taylor Momsen (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Ben Phillips (lead guitar, backing vocals), Mark Damon (bass) and Jamie Perkins (drums). The band is managed by David Sonenberg and William Derella for DAS Communications Ltd. and booked by Jeffrey Hasson and Matt Galle at Paradigm.

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Austrian power metal band DIGNITY will release its new album, “Balance Of Power”, on October 4 via Fastball Music/Soulfood. The CD introduces the group’s new lead singer, Søren Adamsen (CRYSTAL TEARS, ARTILLERY, INMORIA, TWINSPIRITS, STARRATS) from Denmark.

DIGNITY says: “For us, this album marks a new era, and our fans can expect an album that is filled to the brim with powerful music, melodic hook lines, virtuosic solo spots and atmospheric parts.”

A video for the album’s opening track, “Rebel Empire”, was filmed earlier this year in Germany and can be seen below.


* Phil Porter – Guitar
* Frank Pitters – Keyboards
* John Boy Bastard – Bass
* Roland Navratil (LEAVES’ EYES, ATROCITY) – Drums


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It's official, the case of As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis is going to trial.  Lead singer of band As I Lay Dying ordered to stand trial for allegedly trying to hire someone to kill his estranged wife. — danalittlefield (@danalittlefield) September 16, 2013   Multiple local San Diego outlets have confirmed that the …

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Earlier this week, Tom Mann of Australia’s Faster Louder conducted an interview with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS bassist Robert DeLeo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On the band’s split with lead singer Scott Weiland:

“It was plain to see nothing was going to get done anymore with these four members of STP. Nothing was going to get done. It was very clear from Scott‘s side of things, he doesn’t want to make music with us anymore. He didn’t want to tour anymore … I don’t think Scott really is into playing rock and roll music, and being in a rock and roll band, and being around us in particular. As friends or business partners. And it’s really sad, it’s sad to see.”

“It wasn’t an overnight thing [to fire Scott]; it was building for many, many years and I just think that we tried to do everything we could. We had a lot of great years with Scott, and I feel thankful we complemented each other’s lives immensely through the years. But friends don’t treat friends like that. I think Dean [DeLeo, guitar] and Eric [Kretz, drums] and myself just got tired of being treated that way. I got really tired of being treated that way.”

On working with LINKIN PARK‘s Chester Bennington in the new version of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS:

“It’s been great. It’s been a huge breath of fresh air, a lot more sanity, a lot more reasoning, and patience. Having a ‘stable’ singer, it’s new. It’s a very new feeling, and I don’t quite think Dean and Eric and I are used to it yet; it’s kind of surprising. Things are running very smoothly, it’s interesting because what I notice is I actually have a lot more energy onstage, because my day doesn’t involve wondering what’s going to happen that day.”

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Rosie Tomkins of CNN recently spoke to IRON MAIDEN lead singer Bruce Dickinson about the band’s own beer label. Check out her report below.

IRON MAIDEN‘s new ale, the Trooper beer, which was officially launched on May 9 at Robinsons Brewery in Cheshire, features packaging that is based on that artwork for IRON MAIDEN‘s single “The Trooper”, released in 1983.

Dickinson said: “I’m a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer. I have to say that I was very nervous: Robinsons are the only people I have had to audition for in 30 years. Their magic has been to create the alchemical wedding of flavor and texture that is Trooper. I love it.”

U.K. national supermarket chain Morrissons recently revealed that Trooper was its fastest-ever-selling newly launched ale, with sales exceeding expectations tenfold.

Mark Land, Morrisons ales buyer, said: “Trooper has been phenomenally successful since Morrisons launched it four weeks ago. The bottle’s label has definitely been a huge factor in its success as has the push our stores have given it.”

Robinsons marketing director David Bremner added: “Looking at the customer journey, Trooper is truly unique; it literally drives fans into their nearest pub or supermarket. Fans find the beer, take a photo and post it on Facebook. This drives more fans to the store who clear the shelves and post a photo of an empty shelf. People are driving miles to pubs to sample the draught which is rolling out across the country in a remarkably quick time. The publicans are finding the positive reaction to the beer is creating a lot of demand from their regulars. And what is also unparalleled and truly remarkable here is that this has all been achieved by word of mouth and online. It just shows that, like most things, at the end of the day, it is the quality that counts.”

Last year, Robinsons produced 13.3 million pints of beer in total. If the first eight weeks of production and sales of Trooper are anything to go by, the Cheshire family brewers could quite possibly double the volume of beer they produce in a year.

David continued: “No one has ever launched a beer in the U.K. with this much potential. The demand continues to expand as whenever people taste it, they just want more. This is purely down to the quality of the ale and the great taste. The ‘problem’ we have is forecasting quantities for production of Trooper, but what a great challenge to have. On top of that, we have had interest and enquiries for Trooper from 184 countries and together with Sovereign, our international distributor, we are currently planning Trooper‘s worldwide expansion and dealing with the import/export bureaucracy. MAIDEN‘s global following is immense and in all corners of the planet so we are focusing on the wonderful opportunity of making this a global beer, which would be a truly remarkable feat for a genuine British ale.”

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SHADOW GALLERY‘s performance at this year’s edition of the ProgPower Europe festival — which is scheduled to take place October 4-6 at JC Sjiwa in Baarlo, Netherlands — will be professionally filmed by eight cameras for a future DVD release.

Comment the festival organizers: “We are extremely excited about a new milestone in the history of ProgPower Europe. The performance of SHADOW GALLERY on Friday evening October 4 will be recorded. The show will be filmed by eight cameras with the intention to officially release as a DVD some day in the future.

“To make this all happen, some improvements have been made inside the venue JC Sjiwa. We will rent stage barriers to give two cameramen enough space between the stage and the crowd. Different sizes of drum and keyboard risers will be rented as well, to make it visually attractive. Our own sound guy Niels, who is also the permanent sound guy of Dutch band DEWOLFF, will take care of the sound. He invited the permanent light engineer of DEWOLFF to take care of the lights during this show.

“As you can see, we try to do everything possible to make this an evening we will never forget, with hopefully an official DVD release someday in the near future.”

Adds SHADOW GALLERY‘s Gary Wehrkamp: “The band captured some of our last tour, and will do the same again at ProgPower Europe so we can share the show.

“Our setlist has a changed a bit and we are excited to throw in some new songs, including some exclusive tunes for ProgPower Europe.

“Join the party and come out to the show. Maybe you will be in the video!”

For more information on ProgPower Europe, visit

SHADOW GALLERY‘s sixth studio effort, “Digital Ghosts”, was released on October 26, 2009 in Europe and November 3, 2009 in North America via InsideOut Music.

After the tragic passing of lead singer Mike Baker in October 2008, SHADOW GALLERY‘s latest CD introduced new vocalist Brian Ashland and not only saw the entire band once again sharing additional vocal duties, but also featured guest vocal appearances by Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR) and Clay Barton (SUSPYRE) to complement the release.

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Dutch symphonic metallers EPICA will return to the stage on April 30, 2014 for an album-release show at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

After taking a break from the road due the pregnancy of lead singer Simone Simons, the release of a new concert DVD, “Retrospect”, as well as the writing and recording of the band’s upcoming CD, the sextet will put on a memorable show, with plans to perform both old and new songs.

EPICA is currently finishing up the pre-production of the follow-up to “Requiem For The Indifferent”, with plans to enter the studio in October with producer Joost Van Den Broek (the former AFTER FOREVER and AYREON keyboard player who has previously worked with REVAMP and STREAM OF PASSION).

To make the album-release show even more special, EPICA‘s fans will not only be able to purchase regular tickets, but there will be two exclusive bundles available for this event. The first bundle contains a signed version of the upcoming album and the second, larger bundle will consist of a goodie bag, containing a signed copy of the upcoming album, an exclusive T-shirt, flag, lanyard, VIP laminate and a limited-edition poster.

Tickets and bundle for this show will go on sale Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 10:00 CET through

There will be special “early-bird” tickets available at reduced price. This offer is valid until September 28, 2013.

EPICA celebrated its 10th anniversary with a one-night-only event, dubbed “Retrospect”, on March 23 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The band was accompanied by the seventy-piece Reményi Ede Chamber Orchestra and the Miskolc National Theatre Choir, playing an unforgettable three-hour best-of set.

Ten high-definition cameras captured this very special sold-out show while EPICA played in front of nearly five thousand ecstatic fans. In addition to a collection of the band’s biggest hits from across the spectrum of their entire catalog, this once-in-a-lifetime spectacular also featured the live debut of “Twin Flames” and the previously unreleased “Retrospect”, covers of classics by Vivaldi, Pergolesi, and Oscar-winning film composer John Williams, two guest collaborations with the venerable Floor Jansen (NIGHTWISH, REVAMP), and a very special performance of their breakthrough single “Quietus” with founding members Jeroen Simons, Ad Sluijter and Yves Huts.

On November 8, Nuclear Blast will release “Retrospect” as a deluxe hardcover book with 48 pages, both as a 2DVD/3CD and 2Blu-ray/3CD version.

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