Hot on the heels of their very special, sold-out-in-a day ‘Southern Hospitality’ UK dates in February, Kentucky rockers, Black Stone Cherry are proud to announce a string of UK arena shows this October/November.

Drummer, John Fred Young enthuses; “We are beyond thrilled to be headlining our first arena tour in the UK! It’s amazing for us to have this opportunity and we owe it all to the incredible fans that continue to support us and believe in our music!”

Widely acknowledged as an electrifying live band, Black Stone Cherry are also looking forward to the release of their fourth studio album, ‘Magic Mountain’, which hits stores on 5th May through Roadrunner Records. The Joe Barresi (QOTSA, Soundgarden)-produced opus follows 2011’s ‘Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea’ which racked up a silver sales certification from the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), marking over 60,000 UK copies sold. ‘Magic Mountain’ can already be pre-ordered over at iTunes – – and Amazon –

Support on all dates comes from two Roadrunner labelmates, rabble-rousing Aussies Airbourne, who released their third album ‘Black Dog Barking’ in May of last year, and radio-friendly Canadians, Theory Of A Deadman, who are working on a new album penciled for release this summer.

Tickets for all dates are up for pre-sale from 9am Wednesday 26th March for O2 and Artist Arena, 9am Thursday for the Live Nation pre-sale, and go on general sale from 9am on Friday 28th March. Grab ’em over at, but don’t hang around as they’re sure to fly out the door!

Full dates run as follows:

Sun 26th Oct – Glasgow Hydro
Mon 27th Oct – Sheffield Arena
Tue 28th Oct – Cardiff Arena
Thu 30th Oct – Birmingham LG Arena
Fri 31st Oct – Manchester Evening News Arena
Sat 1st Nov – London Wembley Arena

Like any great rock ‘n’ roll band, Black Stone Cherry has spent much of its life on the road, traveling nearly non-stop as either headliners, special guests (alongside the likes of Alter Bridge, Def Leppard, Nickelback, Kid Rock, Motörhead, and Lynyrd Skynyrd), and festival favorites including an explosive second stage headline performance at Download Festival last year. (@BlkStoneCherry).




The Steelhouse Festival returns with a vengeance on Saturday July 19th and Sunday July 20th for another spectacular outdoor line up of rock ’n’ roll in the breathtaking countryside at Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm in Ebbw Vale, South Wales. The Answer join headliners Europe on Sunday July 20th.

This year’s festival, which looks set to attract over 10,000 fans, will be held in a spectacular mountain top location in the heart of South Wales.

Saturday July 19th is headlined by Black Star Riders with support from The Graveltones, Tax the Heat, Buffalo Summer and Black Wolf.

Sunday July 20th is headlined by the Swedish rockers Europe, plus The Answer, former Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden, Heaven & Earth and Buck & Evans.

Many more acts will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets can be booked from the official festival website:

Day Tickets £40, Weekend Tickets £65. Children 14 and under Free (accompanied by an adult 18+).

Steelhouse is the only classic rock festival to feature two exclusive UK headline performances from Europe and the remaining members of Thin Lizzy, under their new moniker Black Star Riders. With combined record sales of over 30 million albums and incredible live performances, Steelhouse 2014 promises to be the most prestigious music event in South Wales.

Europe’s lead singer Joey Tempest, explains, “After playing in Wales back in 2012 we were reminded of what a great rock ‘n’ roll country this is. When we got the offer to play the Steelhouse we tried our hardest to make it happen. We’’ve heard only great things about this Festival and we’re coming over to do some real damage!”


BROTHER FIRETRIBE – the melodic rock maestros from Finland featuring Nightwish guitarist Emppu Vuorinen – have announced the release of third studio album, ‘Diamond In The Firepit’; this 12-track offering will be issued on May 5thvia Spinefarm Records.

‘Diamond In The Firepit’ is the band’s first full-length release since ‘Heart Full Of Fire’ (2008), a gold record in their native Finland; the BFT catalogue is completed by debut album, ‘Breakout’ (2006), plus the ‘Live At Apollo’ DVD (2010).

On the live front, BFT will be bringing their ‘freeway anthems’ to British shores for the first time this year, having confirmed an appearance at ‘Firefest’ (Rock City, Nottingham) on October 26th. UK headline dates are also in discussion.

With a video for new single ‘For Better Or For Worse’ now in the bag, and ‘Diamond…’ being talked about as the best BFT album to date, 2014 will be the year when these brothers in (melodic) metal make their mark across the board.



SunStrike: A glare in the road that can temporarily blind drivers. But SunStrike will blind you with catchy melodies and big choruses!

The band was formed by guitarist Joachim Nordlund and the drummer Johan Lindstedt together with singer Christian Hedgren (Twilight Force, The Theander Expression) by the fall of 2012. You also find Joachim and Johan in the Swedish metal act Astral Doors. Right from the start the three guys had a very clear image in how the music should sound like: pure melodic hard rock was on the agenda!

When only a handful of songs were written they felt that the songs needed the touch of a real keyboard player. Up until then Joachim had done the keyboard parts on one or two songs. Christian knew a guy that would be perfect for the job, and after a cup of coffee and a handshake Fredrik Plahn (Prey) joined the force. They all felt that this is far too good to be just a project and after a couple of weeks a second guitar player, Mats Gesar (Thalamus) and bass player Björn Lundqvist (Twilight Force) joined the band that now got the name SunStrike.

Two demo songs were posted on the band’s facebook page in the summer of 2013, and immediately the word was out about this new  melodic rock outfit from Sweden. Radio stations started to play those songs and a couple of record companies showed their interest in the band.

The song-writing/recording continued through 2013 in Joachim’s Big Turn Studio until they had 12 songs that were strong enough for the album ”Rock your World”. For the mixing and mastering process SunStrike chose Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T). Cover art and the booklet design was done by no one else but Carl-André Beckston (Monowasp).

Sound clips in advance:

SUNSTRIKE – Power Of The Dreams (Edit)

SUNSTRIKE – Rock Your World (Edit)

SUNSTRIKE – Roll The Dice (Edit)

Track list:

1. Power of the Dreams

2. Rock Your World

3. Fireball

4. Right Track

5. Roll The Dice

6. Rock It Out

7. Never Let You Go

8. Higher

9. Scream And Shout

10. Into The Light

11. Edge Of Life

12. Heat Of The Night


Christian Hedgren – Lead and background vocals

Joachim Nordlund – Guitars and background vocals

Johan Lindstedt – Drums and background vocals

Sunstrike band


Alien, one of Sweden’s finest Melodic Rock band have released genre classics such as “Alien” (1988/89) and “Shiftin’ Gear” (1990) including chart and platinum hits like “Only One Woman”, “Tears Don’t Put Out The Fire” and “Brave New Love”.

The original line-up was split up in 1989 and when reunited in 2010 a handful of festivals were booked to coincide with the return including performances at Sweden Rock Festival, Getaway Rock and Firefest a.o. The release of the brand new single “Ready To Fly” (Manora Rec) went down great with the fans and especially the response from the crowd at the Firefest.

2011 made the band really consider making this new album.

In 2013, the No Remorse/EMI CD re-issue (ltd 1000 copies) of the debut album “Alien” (s/t Scandinavian) reached no.1 in the Import Album Chart in Japan and was quickly sol d out.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the debut EMI Music Sweden re-mastered and released the back catalogue digitally including some previously unreleased demos as bonus. To top it off the “Alien – 25th Anniversary” 2CD deluxe limited edition was put out and soon sold out as well.

The re-release of the “Shiftin’ Gear” CD (AOR Heaven) including four bonus tracks shed some light on the fact that the original line-up wrote and pre-produced a sophomore album, before disbanding in late 1989.

Recordings of the new album started Aug 1st at Bohus Sound and continued throughout 2013, taking a break only to perform at the Firefest 10th Anniversary show.

Alien decided to add a song, “I’m a fighter”, written back in the 80’s by their L.A. co-writers Pam Barlow and Janet Morrison Minto, as an homage to their co-work on the debut album. The regained contact with Pam and Janet led to them writing lyrics for this album as well.

Sound clips in advance:

ALIEN – In Love We Trust (Edit)

ALIEN – Unbroken (Edit)

ALIEN – What Goes Up (Edit)

Track list:

In Love We Trust

Unbroken; Love Will Lead Me Home

I Believe; Summer Of Love

What Goes Up

I’m A Fighter


Liar, Liar

Look At Us Know

Burning Heart

In Truth


Jim Jidhed – vocals

Tony Borg – guitars

Jimmy Wandroph –keyboards

Ken Sandin – bass

Toby Tarrach – drums

Alien band



Think of California and you think of brilliant color and bright sunlight. Think of a breed and it’s all about bloodlines and brotherhood. Put the two together as California Breed, and you have the most exciting new band of 2014, built around the foundation of legendary vocalist-bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer Andrew Watt.

Mixing massive riffs, gutsy vocals and gale force rhythms, this powerful three-piece band will release their self-titled debut album in the UK on Monday May 19th on Frontiers Records. The album is produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Rival Sons, Lindi Ortega, Shooter Jennings).

Look out for future announcements on the band at


California Breed was recorded at Cobb’s Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits among the three-man lineup. “It’s proper rock,” Hughes told Classic Rock Magazine – “but at the same time it’s very now. Andrew is as influenced by Mick Ronson as he is Jimmy Page.”

“This kid is an amazing guitarist,” says Bonham. “The first time we met I thought he looked like the white Jimi Hendrix. He plays in the studio likes he’s onstage!”

Glenn Hughes, nicknamed The Voice of Rock, is a true original, a legendary icon whose credits include Deep Purple and guesting with everyone from Black Sabbath to Earth, Wind & Fire, and his most recent collaboration with rock supergroup Black Country Communion.

No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes’ calling card.

The legacy of Led Zeppelin lives on in Jason Bonham, British drummer and son of Zep’s legendary John Bonham. He has inherited the best of his father’s skills while mastering his own distinctive and dynamic technique. Jason has followed his own distinctive path over the years, fronting his own successful outfits like Bonham, and playing with Led Zeppelin, Foreigner, Heart and, most recently, movie composer Hans Zimmer.

Andrew Watt is a soulful singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose high-energy aggressive style and creative spirit are synonymous with the energy and vibe of New York City.

“I live in the moment, it’s all about now,” says Hughes. “California Breed is exactly where I live, breathe and where my freak flag flies.”

 Glenn Hughes has spent the subsequent years working with the biggest legends in music, as a solo star, and guesting with everyone from Black Sabbath to Earth, Wind & Fire – up to his most recent collaboration in rock supergroup Black Country Communion, which included Jason Bonham.

When Black Country Communion disbanded Hughes and Bonham had a strong desire to keep playing together. They’re only challenge was finding a new guitarist worthy of their musicality.

Easier said than done for these stars, who between them, have worked with some of the greatest guitarists in history, including Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page and Joe Bonamassa, to name just a few.

Fate took a hand in things when Glenn’s friend Julian Lennon introduced him to the astounding talents of a New York City hotshot guitarist named Andrew Watt. “Literally, the first day me and Andrew got together we wrote two songs,” recalls Hughes. “One was ‘Chemical Rain’ and the other was ‘Solo’, both featured on the new album. I was so moved by the music, I said, ‘We’ve got to record this!’ That’s when I called Jason.”

Cut to autumn 2013. Recording with producer Dave Cobb at his studio in Nashville, added all the finishing touches, says Hughes. At Cobb’s insistence, every vocal was recorded live as the band was playing. “Totally the reverse of what I’m used to,” says Hughes. “I went into that aggressive rock soulfulness and everything down to the whispers, it was all done live! I enjoyed myself so much, just going for it. For a three-piece, the sheer range of sounds and melodies you get from California Breed are breathtaking.”

California Breed – Online




After a long hiatus, Babylon A.D. has re-grouped with all original members. This release is a four song E.P. which includes “While America Sleeps”, ‘Love Blind”, ‘Love is a Mystery” and a new version of their #1 metal hit song “Bang Go The Bells”. The band has several selective dates booked across the states in support of the new E.P. They will be playing at Firefest on Oct 25.
The release is scheduled for April 1.