Gus G

Guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in the Metal and Rock universe for his work as leader of his own group Firewind and also as member of Ozzy Osbourne’s band, is proud to announce an initial batch of European tourdates in order to promote his first, long overdue solo album solo album ‘I Am The Fire’, which will released on March 17th, 2014 in Europe and March 18th, 2014 in North America via longtime international partners Century Media Records.

The touring campaign sees Gus G. kick off with some shows in his native Greece and in Cyprus, teaming up with guitar legend and former Scorpions member Uli Jon Roth as well as Jorn Lande and Mats Levén. The dates are as follows:

Gus G. + Uli Jon Roth / “Unity 1” Tour:
07.03.2014 Kerkyra (Greece) – Eptatehnon
08.03.2014 Thessaloniki (Greece) – Block 33 /
09.03.2014 Edessa (Greece) – Kanavourgeio
10.03.2014 Larnaca (Cyprus) – Savino Rock Bar
11.03.2014 Athens (Greece) – Kyttaro Live /
12.03.2014 Athens (Greece) – Kyttaro Live /

Furthermore, Gus G. has also confirmed co-headline dates together with guitar virtuoso and former Megadeth member Marty Friedman as part of the “Guitar Universe 2” tour, which showcases a collaboration of two of the world’s most exciting guitar players coming to Europe in May 2014. Here are the dates announced so far, with many more to be revealed in the coming weeks…

Gus G. + Marty Friedman / “Guitar Universe 2” Tour:
01.05.2014 Tampere (Finland) – Klubi
02.05.2014 Helsinki (Finland) – Nosturi
03.05.2014 Stockholm (Sweden) – Stockholm Rocks Festival
11.05.2014 Colmar (France) – Grillen
12.05.2014 Munich (Germany) – Backstage
15.05.2014 Essen (Germany) – Turock
16.05.2014 Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) – De Boerderij
18.05.2014 Uden (The Netherlands) – De Pul
20.05.2014 Savigny Le Temple (France) – L’ Impreinte
21.05.2014 London (UK) – O2 Islington Academy
22.05.2014 Nuneaton (UK) – Queens Hall
More dates will be announced soon…

Gus G. checked in to comment on the touring runs as follows: Looking forward to starting my tour this spring and sharing the stage with 2 legendary guitar players! Me & Uli Jon Roth will be doing some exclusive shows in Greece this March, while in May I’ll be teaming up with another hero of mine, Marty Friedman! Looking forward to playing my new songs from ‘I Am The Fire’ live for the first time, keep checking back for show updates!”

Here is the complete track-listing for Gus G.’s ‘I Am The Fire’ album:

Gus G. – ‘I Am The Fire’:
1. My Will Be Done (Feat. Mats Levén )
2. Blame It On Me (Feat. Mats Levén )
3. I Am The Fire (Feat. Devour The Day)
4. Vengeance (Feat. David Ellefson)
5. Long Way Down (Feat. Alexia Rodriguez)
6. Just Can’t Let Go (Feat. Jacob Bunton)
7. Terrified (Feat. Billy Sheehan)
8. Eyes Wide Open (Feat. Mats Levén )
9. Redemption (Feat. Michael Starr)
10. Summer Days (Feat. Jeff Scott Soto)
11. Dreamkeeper (Feat. Tom S. Englund)
12. End Of The Line (Feat. Mats Levén )

A first taste of the album has been made available with the launch of the opening track, ‘My Will Be Done (Feat. Mats Levén )’, via a video produced by Patric Ullaeus / (Within Temptation, In Flames, Lacuna Coil, Europe, etc.)

The album’s first commercial single, ‘I Am The Fire (Feat. Devour The Day)’ will be released digitally on February 24th, 2014 in Europe and February 25th, 2014 in North America.

The ‘I Am The Fire’ album sees Gus G. handling guitar, bass and keyboard duties and showcases a long list of highly skilled instrumentalist peers as well as several remarkable vocalists joining Gus to stress the versatile stylistic approach of the 12 featured songs. The roster of friends and guests that help bring Gus G.’s vision to fruition include drummers Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Devo) and Daniel Erlandsson (Arch Enemy), bassists David Ellefson (Megadeth), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Marty O’Brien (Tommy Lee, We Are The Fallen) as well as Mats Levén (Candlemass, ex. Yngwie Malmsteen/Therion), Blake Allison (Devour The Day), Michael Starr (Steel Panther). Alexia Rodriguez (Eyes Set To Kill), Tom S. Englund (Evergrey), Jacob Bunton (Adler) and Jeff Scott Soto (TSO, ex Journey) as guest vocalists.

‘I Am The Fire’ was mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Stone Sour, Steel Panther, etc.) and was partly recorded in Los Angeles and partly in Gus’ home country of Greece during the past months. The album showcases a well-balanced and inspiring mixture of precise song writing, driven contemporary active rock songs, a classic Hard Rock vibe, pounding Metal cuts as well as breathtaking instrumentals. The album takes you on a diverse journey and opens the door to Gus G.’s soulful guitar playing.

Buffalo Summers tour

Taking a break from the studio, where they’re working on pre-production of their 2nd album, South Wales rockers Buffalo Summer have announced an extensive run of tour dates across the UK and Europe; including special guest slots supporting Skid Row, Buckcherry, The Graveltones, The Cadillac Three and Slam Cartel.

Laying bluesy, southern, soulful tinged rock with a modern twist, Classic Rock Magazine has this to say about Buffalo Summer:
“A little Zeppelin here, a touch of Skynyrd there and a big helping of Free pretty much though out… What’s really impressive here is the hunger and conviction of the delivery” 

Buffalo Summer’s debut album is out now on Cargo Records.

Buffalo Summer

Vocals – Andrew Hunt
Guitar – Jonny Williams
Bass – Darren King
Drums – Gareth Hunt

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Pretty Maids “Nuclear Boomerang” is taken from the album “Louder Than Ever” which will be released  on Frontiers Records.

Release dates:
Europe: March 21st 2014
North America: March 25th 2014

After celebrating their 30th Anniversary as a band and the release of their latest monumental release “Motherland”, the Danish melodic hard rockers are serving the fans with “Louder Than Ever”. This is not a completely new album but consists of seven re-recorded classic songs from the 1995 – 2006 era plus five brand new songs specially written for this record and a special bonus DVD including archive footage from the 80’s, brand new interviews and plenty of cool material for the fans!

“The reason for doing this project is to give those songs a different spin with the band and producer we have now” explains singer Ronnie Atkins. It is an in-between album until the band completes the next studio album with new tunes.

Pretty Maids will appear in the spring and summer in selected dates in support of the new album’s release.

Pretty Maids
Ronnie Atkins: Vocals
Ken Hammer: Guitar
Rene Shades: Bass
Allan Tchicaja: Drums
Morten Sandager: Keyboards


Kirk - Masquerade

Swiss melodic metallers Kirk will release their sophomore studio album, “Masquerade“, procduced by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Unisonic, Eden’s Curse), on March 7 via Mausoleum Records.

In 2010 Kirk got together again, with drummer Philipp Eichenberger from Legenda Aurea, to replace Vito Cecere. Drawing from a decade of honed skills and experience garnered as members of various internationally successful recording and touring outfits, Kirk rapidly morphed into a powerful melodic hard rocking monster. The writing came easy also, melodies flowed, riffs crunched and about a year later Kirk were ready, willing and able to enter the studio to record a brand-new album. They solicited the expert guidance of Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Unisonic, Khymera), also the producer of Angra, Eden’s Curse, Godiva, Krokus, and countless more, including Kirk‘s debut album “The Final Dance“, over a decade ago. The resulting album, entitled “Masquerade” will be released worldwide on the legendary heavy metal label Mausoleum Records.

Track Listing
01. Devil’s Claw
02. Supersonic Speed
03. Masquerade
04. Eternity
05. Fight Or Die Music
06. Nothing Else But Lies
07. Time
08. Tragedy
09. Face In The Crowd
10. The End Of The Universe
11. Fallen Angel

Kirk are:

Thomi Rauch – Vocals (Decent Disaster)
Sammy Lasagni – Guitars (Godiva, Granit)
Daniel Pfister – Bass
Bruno Berger – Keyboards (In Your Face)
Philipp Eichenberger – Drums (Legenda Aurea)

Kirk to tour this March with The Poodles

14.03. Milano – Blue Rose Bresso
15.03. Torino – Audiodrome
16.03. Nürnberg – Rockfabrik
17.03. Pratteln – Z7
18.03. Augsburg – Spektrum
20.03. Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
21.03. Obermarchtal – Kreuz
22.03. Oberhausen – Helvete
23.03. München – Garage


Europe Wings Over Sweden

Europe will be performing their “Wings Of Tomorrow” album Live on the Swedish tour this March! They will perform the album in its entirety, plus some new songs and other Europe hits! Don’t miss this rare and unique opportunity to hear these killer tracks played live! Here’s a message from Joey:

“Wings of Tomorrow is one of our most liked albums and we are very exited to perform it Live together with some new songs and the hits! This band has never done anything like this before and this will most likely be a once in a lifetime event. Wings of Tomorrow opened the doors to the world for us. We got our record deal with CBS epic in New York based on this record. We have often been approached by both rock and metal bands who have claimed that this record really inspired and influenced them.

It will be an honour to revisit and perform this record in its entirety.

Holy Underwear!!! This will be exiting!”

Joey / Europe


Europe - The Band

Red Dragon Cartel

Former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist, Jake E. Lee is pleased to announce June 2014 UK tour dates for his new band Red Dragon Cartel. The UK tour follows Red Dragon Cartel’s critically acclaimed, eponymous debut album, released by Frontiers Records on January 27th.

The UK tour includes London’s O2 Academy Islington (June 6), Nottingham Rescue Rooms (June 7), Wolverhampton Slade Rooms (June 8), Glasgow Classic Grand (June 10) and Newcastle O2 Academy 2 (June 11).  Special guests on all UK dates include Syron Vanes and Jupiter Falls.

Red Dragon Cartel will also play Download Festival on Sunday June 15th.

A special 24 hour ticket pre-sale for the Red Dragon Cartel UK tour dates will kick off on Planet Rock from 9am on Thursday January 30th. Tickets will then go on sale to the general public on Friday January 31st via or directly from the venues.

The band’s new single “Deceived” will be released in the UK on Monday February 10th.



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Skyfire are proud to present the latest signing to our roster prog rock sensations Reason. Formed in 2009 by Chris Gyngell and Paul Mace. The bands main focus is to bring together the greatest elements of hard and progressive rock and metal into a new medium of powerful and expansive songs.

The Debut album in 2011 through Alienation Records entitled “The Darkest Star” received much critical acclaim with Fireworks Magazine’s Duncan Jamieson stating that “ Reason’s rock and metal influences combine to offer something fresh. They are a new voice in British prog and it looks like Reason’s Darkest Star is rising


Crimson Blue

Russian Nu-art metal band Crimson Blue released their new pre-album single ‘Third Eye Close’ from the forthcoming 2nd album that will be released in summer 2014.

Crimson Blue is a Moscow metal band that was formed in 2000 by the singer and keyboard player Dominica “Dani” Hellstrom and guitarist Iggy Hans. The band released their debut album “Innocence” in 2011 on the Russian label “M2BA”.