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The first in a series of new tour-diary videos from British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN can be seen below.

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Scott Ian: Chatty Man

We got Anthrax legend Scott Ian to stop in and say hi during his ongoing spoken-word UK tour. Here’s how it’s all going…

Scott still has the following dates to go…

06 Jun  Cork Cyprus Avenue
07 Jun  Belfast Limelight 2
08 Jun  Dublin Button Factory
10 Jun  Bournemouth O2 Academy
11 Jun  London The Garage

Get tickets from http://scott-ian.com/

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Fozzy: employing rubbish roadies since Saturday

Last Saturday, our Merl got invited by WWE legend, Fozzy frontman and Hammer contributor Chris Jericho to come and be a Fozzy roadie for the day at their Brighton show with nu metal survivors Drowning Pool. Which mainly meant trying not to fuck anything up or get in anyone’s day. It was a tall order. Here’s his Totally Official And Very Professional Fozzy Tour Diary.

8am

Today, I am officially a roadie! I’m not actually fully sure what that entails, but I’m excited. However, having decided that I set my alarm a tad too early, I set it to sleep for half an hour and put my head back down for a bit. Roadies have to get a proper sleep, I’m sure I definitely read that somewhere. I’ll still get up early, obviously – I want to soak in some sweet, sweet sunshine down on the coast before I get cracking with lifting things and tuning guitars and doing electrical stuff and whatnot.

1pm

I wake up in a blind panic.

3.30pm

Just over two hours later, I arrive in Brighton, still roughly on time. It’s pissing it down and there’s a wind coming from the sea that feels like the breath of a snowman gargling ice cubes. God I hope my shoes are waterproof…

Gross.

3.45pm

My shoes are not waterproof.

4.20pm

After walking around like a human puddle for what seems like an age due to half of the seafront being closed off for a car rally or some shit, I finally make it to the Concorde 2, host for tonight’s Saturday evening heavy metal frolics. Things are looking up already! I think…

4.25pm

I wander into the venue and have a quick look around, before heading over to the Fozzy dressing room to find out what super-important jobs I am clearly going to be entrusted with tonight. I’m assuming they have a KING ROADIE badge already made up for me or something. Maybe a hat too. I like hats.

4.27pm

Oh look, it’s Chris Jericho!

4.30pm

After complimenting Chris on his fine performance at this year’s Wrestlemania (even though he lost to a guy called Fandango, poor bastard), I’m handed over to a thoroughly nice chap called Scott. Scott’s basically here to make sure I don’t fuck anything up. Cheers, Scott!

Hi, Scott!

4.45pm

After deducing that I am definitely not getting a KING ROADIE badge, I instead get Scott to give me the rundown of how everything’s going down tonight. Apparently everyone has to be out by 10pm as there’s a club night on later. We’re not sure what kind of club night, but the general vibe is that it won’t be a metal one. Ah well.

4.50pm

Scott very kindly gives me a guided tour of the Fozzy/Drowning Pool tourbus. I am shocked and disgusted to find that someone is clearly jacking up on pills. Disgraceful scenes.

5.00pm

After being informed by Scott that we’ll soon be looking after the Fozzy fans who have bought a special VIP pass to meet and hang out with the band, I toddle back into the Fozzy dressing room where our Chris is in the midst of what looks like a fairly gruelling pre-gig workout. Guitarist Rich “The Duke” Ward turns up and things suddenly get weird.

5.05pm

I back out of the dressing room slowly and decide to go and watch the Drowning Pool guys run through a soundcheck instead. They’re sounding pretty good!

5.15pm

After nodding sagely and pulling a few “Fair play, Drowning Pool” faces, I go and check out some of the merch on offer. Apparently Fozzy don’t like Lady Gaga very much. This upsets me. I like Lady Gaga 🙁

5.30pm

Rather than try and enter a debate with Chris Jericho about why Lady Gaga is actually pretty cool, I watch the rest of Drowning Pool’s soundcheck before helping Scott to welcome and entertain the VIP fans that have arrived. I say I help, I mainly just sit and watch Scott entertain the VIP fans. Sorry Scott.

6.10pm

We all head back into the main venue to watch Fozzy soundcheck. They’re also sounding pretty good!

6.20pm

Chris kindly reminds me from the stage that I should probably be taking photos of this kind of stuff. Fair point.

6.30pm

With soundcheck wrapped up, the band sit down with the VIP crew for pizza! I hang around pretending to take important photos but I’m mainly hoping that I can nick a slice for all the really hard work I’ve done so far. Also I start to realise that as well as being a pointless roadie who doesn’t actually do much roadie-type stuff, I make a pretty crappy photographer.

6.50pm

With doors about to open and tonight’s support Revoker due to kick off their set in less than half an hour, there’s enough time for one more round of Fozzy-fan hugs and high fives before the guys head back to their dressing room to relax before their set. I take the time to breathe in the venue a little more, taking in the calibre of iconic artists that have stepped out onto these hallowed floors and appreciating the prestige of company tonight’s bands are in.

7.45pm

After a solid opening effort from Revoker, a rapidly-filling Concorde 2 is ready for Fozzy to do their thaaaang. I pop backstage to get a few final shots of the guys in pre-show mode. It’s nice to see that even seasoned pros can get pre-gig nerves at this stage of their career…

7.50pm

It’s SHOW TIME! Being the faithful KING ROADIE that I am, I forgo a few trips to the bar to grab some shots of Fozzy doing their thaaaaang.

8.10pm

I soon realise that I’m still a terrible photographer.

8.40pm

As a thumping Enemy signals that the end of Fozzy’s set draws near, I sneak backstage to make sure that I can catch the guys wearily plodding offstage, no doubt to rest their sleepy heads and chill out for a bi-

8.46pm

Right, looks like we’re in for a loooong night.

9.30pm

After checking out the majority of Drowning Pool’s set with a beer or three and deciding that being a roadie is pretty good fun, I trundle up to Fozzy’s dressing room, wherein which I find drummer Frank Fontsere mouthing along word-for-word to some Paul Stanley crowd patter being played very loudly over some speakers at his side. It’s a helluva a party trick.

9.40pm

After debating which is the best Maiden album of the second Bruce era (it’s Final Frontier, FYI), I am formally relieved of my roadie duties and am given permission to relax and do what I want. About fucking time; I’ve been working my nuts off here, guys. I grab a drink, kick back and promise to take it easy tonight as I have a train to catch back to London in the morning. Cheers, Fozzy! It’s been real.

10am

I wake up in a blind panic with a raging hangover.

Fozzy and Drowning Pool hit the following UK venues over the next two weeks:

16th (UK) Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
17th (UK) Rugby – The Vault
18th (UK) Stoke – Underground
19th (UK) York – Fibbers
20th (UK) Manchester – NQ Live
21st (UK) Wrexham – Central Station
23rd (UK) Bristol – The Fleece
24th (UK) London – Electric Ballroom

Sin And Bones is out now via Century Media

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Upon A Burning Body: Snappy Dressers, No-Messers

Upon A Burning Body have chucked us the third part of their tour diary from the US! Have a look below…

We’ll have Part 4 live in a bit. Red. White. Green is out now via Sumerian. Don’t forget that you can vote for UABB in the Best New Band Category at this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, with all voters being entered into a ballot to win a ticket to the show! Not bad, eh?

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Upon A Burning Body: Snappy Dressers, No-Messers

Upon A Burning Body have been busy recording us a freakin’ sweet video diary to capture all the mayhem while out on tour with For Today, Memphis May Fire and The Word Alive.

Here’s Part 2:

Red. White. Green is out now via Sumerian. Don’t forget that you can vote for UABB in the Best New Band Category at this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, with all voters being entered into a ballot to win a ticket to the show! Not bad, eh?

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Upon A Burning Body: Snappy Dressers, No-Messers

Upon A Burning Body recently obliterated the US on tour with For Today, Memphis May Fire and The Word Alive, and our new favourite Texans have been recording a special video diary, just for us. Awww, cheers, guys.

Check out Part 1 below:

Red. White. Green is out now via Sumerian. Don’t forget that you can vote for UABB in the Best New Band Category at this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, with all voters being entered into a ballot to win a ticket to the show! Not bad, eh?

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The first in a series of video tour diaries from ADRENALINE MOB — the band featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD), SYMPHONY X frontman Russell Allen, guitar virtuoso Mike Orlando (SONIC STOMP) and DISTURBED bassist John Moyer — can be seen below (courtesy of Metal Nation Radio).

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U.K. act Continents has released a third tour diary and announced the band will join The Ghost Inside in Japan beginning May 17th. Check out the latest tour video report below

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BUTCHER BABIES have posted a four-and-a-half-minute “tour diary” of their five-week North American run of dates as the support act for MARILYN MANSON.

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Crossfaith: Going overground in 2013

Japanese electro-metal heroes Crossfaith have finally confirmed that their excellent Zion EP will be getting a UK release! Zion will drop via Search & Destroy on February 4.

“We’re very excited to finally release our Zion EP in the UK and Europe!,” says frontman Kenta Koie. “The fans there have made us feel very welcome, and we promise that we’ll be back very soon.”

Crossfaith recently unveiled their new video Jagerbomb and have also released a new tour diary taken from their time spent blowing roofs off venues around the UK and Europe in 2012:

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