With the 2020 Stonedead Opening Poll competition crammed full of talent and the final 10 bands being of such a high caliber, made for a difficult decision for the Production team. We are delighted to announce that the band who will open the 2020 Stonedead Tommy Vance stage are Dead Mans Whiskey.

Since 2016, London based Dead Mans Whiskey have rapidly built a reputation as a hard working ‘one to watch’ U.K NWOCR band. With big vocals, huge guitar hooks, energetic performances and catchy as hell choruses, this 5 piece will offer a scintillating performance from their album ‘Under the Gun’ to kick off Stonedead Festival 2020. The production team feel that Dead Mans Whiskey have definitely gravitated from ‘ones to watch’ to ‘right here and now’. Dead Man’s Whiskey are: Nico Rogers (vocals) Billy Kons (lead guitar) Elliott D’Alvarez (rhythm guitar) James Titley (bass guitar) and Charlie Gray (drums).

With their ever-multiplying loyal fan base, dubbed ‘Whiskey Chasers’, voting in their masses to get DMW into the final we are in no doubt they will bring their infectious hard rock sound to the Stonedead masses and definitely get the party started in August. See you down the front! Stonedead Festival is carrying on its solid tradition of bringing both well known and new rock bands to Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire, with the final special guests still to be announced before Christmas, next year cannot come quickly enough.

Line Up for 2020:

Black Star Riders

Terrorvision

Special Guests TBA

Tyketto

Kris Barras Band

Blaze Bailey: Maiden Years

Tygers of Pan Tang

Myke Gray featuring Kim Jennett

Dead Mans Whiskey

Previous Opening Poll Winners: 2019: Samarkind 2018: Fallen Mafia

Stonedead’s stellar line-up aims to excite both classic and new rock fans in providing a unique one day, one stage festival where the music is loud, the beer and food are priced competitively and you can camp / park 5 minutes from the arena.of

The festival is solely organised by volunteers and created for music fans, Stonedead is a festival experience not to be missed. With a free signing tent brought to you in conjunction with Planet Rock Radio.

We have a dedicated covered wellbeing area with seating and sun cream! We allow alcohol to be brought into the arena – 4 cans of ready mixed spirits or beer / cider.

With our Special Guests and the Opening Poll competition winners still to be announced, Stonedead Festival is carrying on its solid tradition of bringing both well known and new rock bands to Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire.

New for this year:

– all children under 4 are free entry this year!

Disabled access:

PA tickets are free with email proof. Sheltered indoor premises available for those who need it, near the first aid tent, with a fridge for medication, accessible toilets, and permanent shower facilities for disabled camping tickets and a staffed viewing platform.

Tickets:

www.stonedeadfestival.co.uk/tickets

With free car parking and only a small excess of £2 per van for caravans / campers

Adults: £50 Arena (+£10 camping)

Children (all under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult – children under 4 are free)

: £35 Arena (+£5 camping)

Groups:

£175 per group of 4 Arena

£215 per group of 4 Arena and Camping

Family:

(all under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult – children under 4 are free)

£160 per family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children under the age of 14) Arena

£180 per family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children under the age of 14) Arena and Camping

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GUN, FM, and Dan Reed Network’s The Big 3-0 Tour, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their iconic 1989 albums ‘Taking On The World‘, ‘Tough It Out‘ and ‘Slam‘ kicks off today at the O2 Academy, Bristol. All three bands will be performing the albums in full!

Last night Dan Reed Network tour the roof off Planet Rockstock with their usual energetic, entertaining style:

The Big 3-0 Tour – December 2019
9 Bristol – O2 Academy
10 Southampton – Engine Rooms
11 London – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
13 Wolverhampton – KK’s Steel Mill
14 Norwich – LCR UEA
15 Nottingham – Rock City
17 Newcastle – O2 Academy
18 Leeds – O2 Academy
20 Manchester – Academy 2
21 Glasgow – Barrowland

Heavy Pettin are set to release a new EP ‘4 Play‘,  on February 14th 2O2O.

You can pre-order the EP Here.

Track Listing :
1. Get Back To You
2. Tell Me Why
3. Who We Are
4. Hard to Hold

Line up:

Gordon Bonnar : Guitar
Stephen ( Hamie ) Hayman : Vocals
Mick Ivory : Drums
Jez Parry : Bass
Dave Aitken : Guitar

The band will also be setting sail on the high seas on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise in February, leaving from Fort Lauderdale on the 8th and returning on the 13th.

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Rarely has there been such a drastic change of musical style than that made by the Swedish hard rock band Easy Action when it came to the recording of their second album ‘That Makes One’ in 1985. While the band’s debut LP (1983) was an ahead of its time glam classic, Easy Action had morphed into a slickly melodic AOR group on the follow up record.

Kee Marcello, who later on joined Europe, was approached by Peo Thyrén (b) from the pop punk band Noice which were considerably successful at the time to sing but eventually ended up as their producer. Not willing to live the destructive lifestyle of the band, Kee and Peo founded their own band: Easy Action. The name refers to Marc Bolan who is considered the biggest rock star by Marcello.

The band recorded a mini-album and got themselves a multi-million dollar deal with Sire Records. “I went from practically being homeless to being a young, stupid guy with loads of money“, Marcello recalls. Joining Peo and Kee in this early version of Easy Action were Zinny J. Zan (v), Fredrik Von Gerber (d, ex Noice) and Danny Wilde (g).

The band sounded like a blueprint for Mötley Crüe, Poison and the like and consequently wanted to go in a different direction with the follow-up. Several line-up changes came, most notably Peo eventually making way for Björn ‘Nalle’ Påhlsson and Tommy Nilsson being recruited to fill the vacant lead singer role after Zinny left. The journey together ended when Marcello was offered to join Europe – an offer to good to turn down.

Upon release in 1986 ‘That Makes One’ certainly gained its many admirers, but any success was short-lived due to Kee taking up that aforementioned offer from Europe to replace John Norum in November the same year to go on to record the ‘Out Of This World’ and ‘Prisoners In Paradise’ albums with the group. When that version of Europe went their separate ways, Marcello began a solo career in 1993 that continues to this day, alongside a lot of production for other artists.

The “glam rock variant“ of Easy Action reunited. Kee and Zinny J. Zan having recruited a first class team of players that included Simon Roxx (g), Micael Grimm (b) and ‘Grizzly’ Höglund (d) and played Sweden Rock in 2006. But the passing of Grimm in 2011 who was the driving force at the time ended the band activities, although some songs were written.

Yet in 2019 the “melodic rock version“ of the band got back together! Kee and Tommy, alongside Chris Lind (g), Björn ’Nalle’ Påhlsson, Björn ‘Grizzly’ Höglund and the band’s long-time live keyboard player Jörgen Ingeström reformed again earlier this year when Kee received another offer to play Sweden Rock. The band recorded a live DVD and presented themselves in excellent shape, for instance using no backing tapes and stuff.

This re-release is remastered by Chris Lyne and limited to 1000 copies. As a bonus there are rare b-sides ‘Eye For An Eye‘ from the ‘In The Middle Of Nowhere‘ single and ‘There Is A River‘ from the ‘Talk Of The Town‘ single.

Track List:

1. Talk Of The Town

2. Teachers Do It With Class

3. Code To Your Heart

4. Only Love

5. One In A Million

6. Talk Talk Talk

7. Partners In Crime

8. Love Reaction

9. Rosie

10. In The Middle Of Nowhere

11. Eye For An Eye

12. There Is A River

 

The Ragged Saints; new music from the sonic playground

After few years hiatus Finnish hard rockers The Ragged Saints are coming back with an old school 80’s hard rock influenced record. The album titled ‘Sonic Playground Revisited‘ contains 10 new songs, and will delight not only The Ragged Saints fans, but also fans of bands like Whitesnake, Def Leppard and Ratt to mention a few.

Stylewise, the band continues its path without compromises. They didn’t feel the need to change too much. There’s a bit more keyboards and orchestration on some of the songs and little synth bass here and there, but it’s the same songwriting team so the style and sound are pretty much the same as before. Once again the studio was their sandpit, their own sonic playground. “You can hear the same influences we had when we wrote songs for our first album” says guitarist Toni Bite.

The band has been working on the album on and off for number of years. It has been a working process since 2013 when the first demos came into being. But the start of recordings took another year due to personal issues and other projects, giving the band opportunity to distance themselves a bit and resume another perspective on the song material.

Now we’re really happy with how every song turned out. We’re looking forward to hearing what other people think, because we love the record. It’s the kind of music we listen to at home” continues guitarist Tomi Julkunen.

The Ragged Saints was formed in 2011 by guitarists Tomi Julkunen and Toni Bite. After writing bunch of songs they recruited like-minded singer Markku Kuikka, bassist Jukka Hoffrén and drummer Miikki Kunttu ”not to reinvent the wheel but to play melodic hard rock music we all have loved since the day one”. Shortly after forming they began working on their first record. Band’s well received and critically acclaimed debut album ”The Sound Of Breaking Free” was released in 2013.

New album ‘Sonic Playground Revisited‘ will be released world-wide on January 31st, 2020 on AOR Heaven.

Line up:

Markku Kuikka – vocals

Tomi Julkunen – guitars

Toni Bite – guitars

Jukka Hoffrèn – bass

Miikki Kunttu – drums

Track List:

1. Never Gonna Let You Down

2. Like A Spinning Wheel

3. Take Me With You

4. Secret In Our Hearts

5. Just Believe

6. Absence Of Light

7. Always Forever

8. Pretending Diamond

9. Turning Cold

10. Supernatural

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Mikael Erlandsson from Gothenburg is one of the best singers/songwriters in Sweden today. Between 2006-2018 he was the frontman in the Swedish super group Secret Service on live tours all over the world.

He has recorded five successful solo albums and together with the fantastic guitar player Andy Malecek from the successful German hard rock band Fair Warning he thought of putting a band together. Ian Haugland (d), Mic Michaeli (keys) and John Leven (b) of Europe-fame were asked if they were interested to join – which they did, and the band Last Autum’s Dream was born in 2003. The self-titled debut album was produced by Claes Andreasson and was a great success.

Then the band went on releasing another 14 albums with different line-ups with great musicians like Jamie Borger (d, Treat), Marcel Jacob (b, Talisman) and they all had an impact of the band’s development.

They toured Japan, England and Germany but decided to take a break in 2018.

Then Mikael formed this new group: AUTUMN´S CHILD.

The line-up apart from Mikael Erlandsson: Jona Tee on Keyboard from Swedish melodic sensation H.E.A.T., Robban Bäck, former drummer of  Eclipse and currently with Swedish rock band Mustasch, Claes Andreasson from Swedish Westcoast/AOR band Heartbreak Radio. He also produced the first LAD album and “Winter in Paradise“ and “Saturn Skyline“ for LAD as well and finally on guitar: the amazing Pontus Åkesson from the prog rock band Moon Safari.

The album is like a walk through rock history with influences from such different bands like Queen, The Cars, Gary Moore, Journey and of course, LAD.

Autumn’s Child‘ is produced by Claes Andreasson and Mikael Erlandsson. Mixed and mastered by Mikael Andersson at Soundport Studio.

Track List:

1. Intro

2. Rubicon Sign

3. Glory

4. Crying For Love

5. Victory

6. I’m Done

7. Sayonare Eyes

8. Face The Music

9. You’re Breaking My Heart Again

10. Everytime

11. Northern Light

12. Heaven Knows Your Name

 

The Quireboys have today announced the digital-only audio release of their momentous 35th Anniversary performance at the O2 Forum Kentish Town in London on September 14th this year.

The gold and platinum disc recipients sold out their 35th Anniversary gig, and played a stunning set of 17 classic Quireboys tracks in front of over 2000 adoring fans, including major hits such as ‘Hey You‘, ‘I Don’t Love You Anymore‘, ‘7 O’Clock‘ and ‘Sex Party‘ plus stunning tracks from their new album ‘Amazing Disgrace’ including ‘7 Deadly Sins‘ and ‘Original Black Eyed Son‘.

The setlist in full:

Hey You
There She Goes Again
Misled
Roses & Rings
Man on the Loose
Take Me Home
Sweet Mary Ann
Whippin’ Boy
I Don’t Love You Anymore
Long Time Comin’
7 O’Clock
Mona Lisa Smiled
7 Deadly Sins
Original Black Eyed Son
This is Rock’n’Roll
Sex Party and Mayfair

The lads are already deep into a world tour supporting their latest album ‘Amazing Disgrace’ – which includes dates in Europe, Australia and the US, which will keep them busy until deep into 2020.

The 35 & Live album is out on Friday 6th December, and can be pre-ordered here : https://backl.ink/100614161

Following the band’s inception in London, UK in 1984 – originally as The Choirboys, then The Queerboys, before settling on the less controversial name of The Quireboys – there followed 6 years of hard graft and personnel changes before the inevitable happened – a UK number 2 album.

Despite supporting a certain Guns N’ Roses at the legendary Hammersmith Odeon in London it was 1990’s A Bit of What You Fancy that brought the band to the attention of the public at large, and featured founder member Spike on vocals and new recruit Guy Griffin on guitar. The record showcased no fewer than 5 hit singles – including “Hey You” which peaked at number 5 in the US Billboard Rock Chart and number 14 in the UK Singles chart.

Spike and Guy have been the backbone of THE quintessential British rock’n’roll band ever since – a journey that has seen them play to 72,000 at 1990’s Monsters of Rock at Donington with the likes of Whitesnake, Aerosmith and Poison – supporting The Rolling Stones that same year, and joining Guns N’ Roses again a couple of years later on their “Use Your Illusion” tour.

Following their second studio album, 1993’s Bitter Sweet & Twisted, the band found the new mainstream rock landscape a difficult one – and it wasn’t until 2001 and the release of This is Rock’n’Roll that they found a new lease of life.

The public’s appetite for The Quireboys had returned and hasn’t waned since – 3 further studio releases (Well Oiled, Homewreckers & Heartbreakers, Halfpenny Dancer) were released on various labels from 2004 to 2009 before the band found their new – and permanent – home on Off Yer Rocka – the label of the renowned festival brand Hard Rock Hell.

The first 4 albums on Off Yer Rocka – Beautiful Curse (2013), Black Eyed Sons (2014), St Cecilia and the Gypsy Soul (2015), and Twisted Love (2016) – have not only grown the legacy of The Quireboys but have brought new fans to the fold. 2017’s White Trash Blues saw the band take a bold move – recording a collection of iconic blues numbers but with the signature Quireboys approach – a move that paid off with glowing reviews. Covering legends such as Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Freddie King and John Lee Hooker the album is a triumph of substance over style. The album produced a stunning single release – “Leaving Trunk” – a track written by Sleepy John Estes and made famous by the legendary Taj Mahal.

The Quireboys are certainly enjoying a revival – selling out venues around the world – with 2018 also taking in The Monsters of Rock Cruise, HRH AOR VI, Sweden Rock and Stonedeaf festivals. 2019 saw a brand new studio album – ‘Amazing Disgrace’ – their 12th – released to critical acclaim, with many saying the album is their best yet. So be a part of the never ending Quireboys party – as there’s no sign of Spike, Guy, Keith and Paul slowing down any time soon!

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Italian female fronted band SECRET RULE will release their new album ‘Against‘ on February 21st, 2020 via Pride & Joy Music.

Tracklisting:

  1. Spira Mirabilis
  2. Shades Of Humanity
  3. Rise Again
  4. Going Nowhere
  5. Digital Revolution
  6. Endless Promises
  7. Purgatory
  8. Against
  9. Deep Solitude
  10. Outsiders
  11. My Last Breath
  12. Don’t Let Me Fade

Against‘ now is their fifth studio album. In April 2020, the Italian Heavy Metal band will support Brazilian Melodic Death Metal SEMBLANT on their European tour at the following dates:

02.04.20 • NAMUR (BE) • BELVEDERE

03.04.20 • ROTTERDAM (NL) • Baroeg

04.04.20 • PARIS (FR) • La Boule Noire

05.04.20 • WEINHEIM (DE) • Café Central

06.04.20 • LONDON (UK) • The Underworld Camden

09.04.20 • LISBOA (PT) • RCA CLUB

10.04.20 • MADRID (ES) • Nazca Music Live

11.04.20 • BARCELONA (ES) • Razzmatazz 3

12.04.20 • LYON (FR) • ROCK N EAT official

14.04.20 • PRATTELN (CH) • Konzertfabrik Z7

15.04.20 • BERLIN (DE) • Musik & Frieden

16.04.20 • KRAKOW (PL) • Klub Zaścianek

17.04.20 • BRATISLAVA (SK) • Randal Club

18.04.20 • ROMA (IT) • Traffic Live

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SERIOUS BLACK have released their new single & video for ‘When The Stars Are Right‘, the first track to be taken from upcoming album ‘Suite 226‘ which will be released 31st January on AFM Records.

The most anticipated release in Power Metal, SERIOUS BLACK are back with their furious and melodic up-tempo and brand new single When The Stars Are Right‘. 
The band re-enters the Power Metal arena this fall, Urban breed’s haunting voice, a truly theatrical arrangement of the song and a cinematic video-clip are creating excitement for the new record. The German-American band will release their highly anticipated fourth studio album ‘Suite 226‘.

‘Suite 226’ features more driving guitars, catchy hooks and the finest riffing, as you know from As Daylight Breaks, and will released 31st of January 2020 via AFM-Records.

Pre-order here: https://fanlink.to/Suite226

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Terrorvision are to release a brand new single, the foot stomping festive feel good ‘Our Christmas Song‘  their first new material since 2011 !!

Our Christmas Song‘ is a festive present to our fans, and anyone else with a love of the heady days of pop music, when the Christmas No.1 mattered and the main event on Christmas day was settling down to watch Top of the Pops with the last few segments of your chocolate orange, washed down with a cheeky swig of your Gran’s Snowball.’ exclaim Terrorvision.

Formed in 1988, Terrorvision‘s aim to be the biggest band from Bradford (beginning with ‘T’) still holds true. Five hit albums and 13 Top 40 singles (peaking at No.2!) between 1993 and 2001 saw them catapulted from pub gigs in Yorkshire to arena’s and major festival stages across Europe.

Whether they were doo-wopping their way to Oblivion, hailing the advice of whales and dolphins in Perseverance, or celebrating the mind-altering properties of a certain strain of cactus juice, Terrorvision made friends and influenced fans across the world and confirmed themselves as the ‘go to’ rock band for festival fun and games throughout the 90s.

2001 saw an end to the ride. Frazzled and brain-fried after ten straight years on the road, the band went their separate ways to try out other things, in life and in music. Marks’ Blunderbuss delivered the metal, Leigh’s Malibu Stacey some snotty glam-tinged punk and Tony’s Laika Dog alt-rock with a side order of indie.

A handful of gigs and festival appearances from 2005-2010 (which proved, like riding a bicycle, that being back on a stage and rocking the s*** out of it came naturally) led to the band writing and releasing their first album for ten years, Super Delux. Featuring new drummer Cam, it delighted their hardcore fan base with a barrage of hooks and everything turned up to 11!

Touring Super Delux throughout 2012 (with everything turned up to 11) left the band somewhat fried and mangled all over again, so everyone split for calmer waters and new challenges.

An out-of-the-blue invitation from Thunder to guest on their 2016 arena shows was the impetus the band needed to get back in a room together, and since then Terrorvision have been out to play a handful of gigs each year, to increasingly large crowds, in increasingly bigger venues, the likes of which they haven’t played since the 1990s. It seems more and more people want a bit of Terrorvision back in their life.

Downloads of ‘Our Christmas Song‘ are only available from the band’s store, on preorder until December 13th , (for a shot at bothering the Christmas week chart), where you can also buy it alongside a limited edition signed Christmas card from the band that comes exclusively with another new track to download ‘By My Side‘. https://smarturl.it/OurChristmasSong

Terrorvision’s 2020 UK Tour dates 

February 

07 Leeds, Warehouse (SOLD OUT!)

08 Leeds, Warehouse (SOLD OUT!)

27 Liverpool, Grand Central Hall

28 Wolverhampton, Steel Mill

29 Feb  Poole, Winter’s End Festival

August 

29 Newark, Stonedead Festival

November

07 Nov  Great Yarmouth, Hard Rock Hell Chapter XIV

For tickets go to: http://terrorvision.com/gigs.html

Line up:

Tony Wright – vocals

Mark Yates – guitar

Leigh Marklew – bass

Cameron Greenwood – drums

Milton Evans – keyboards

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