Ted McKenna dead at 68

Scottish drummer Ted McKenna, who played with a range of artists including Rory Gallagher, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Ian Gillan and Michael Schenker, has died at the age of 68.

The news was confirmed on Facebook by Gerry McAvoy, a close friend, who wrote ... "I'm lost for words creating this post. I lost my friend and comrade this morning. After what should have been a routine operation, there were complications, meaning Ted started hemorrhaging blood. Sadly the surgeons could not stop the bleeding. I spoke with Ted on Thursday, wished him good luck and told him we will speak on Saturday. I'm devastated. Ted was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. A brilliant musician.  He was a big man with a big heart, and he has left us all with a big hole in our lives. My thoughts are with Laura, Casey, Heather and Claire, and everyone who's lives were touched by the big man. RIP Ted from myself, Marcel, Davy, and all those musicians who had the pleasure of playing with one of the finest drummers of all time."


Tributes to the great man have since flooded the internet with fond memories shared by many who had performed with him over the years, seen him perform, or met him in person after a show.


Michael Schenker wrote on Facebook ... "We are totally heartbroken to hear about Ted McKenna, our amazing drummer and dearest friend, passing away this morning. Its a massive shock and a huge loss to lose Ted so suddenly.  He always had a smile on his face and was one of the most sincerely genuine people you could ever have the pleasure of meeting. One of the great rock drummers, he always played from the heart and his heart was music.  Rest in peace, Ted. We will miss you."


Former MSG bass player Chris Glen wrote ...  "Awoke this morning to the terrible news that our beloved brother Ted has left us. Seemingly he passed away during complications with his operation for his hernia. My most heartfelt condolences to all his friends and family... Just can't believe it."


Ex-MARILLION frontman Fish wrote ... "I just heard the tragic news today that my dear friend Ted McKenna passed away this morning. A fabulous musician and one of the all-time greats who inspired so many rock drummers across generations he was a truly legendary stick man who graced so many kits behind so many world-famous bands. I had the enormous pleasure of not only working in the studio with him but also sharing stages in various incarnations over the years. He was a monster drummer with endless energies who played with so much soul and passion and drove songs with a power and grace like no other.

But it wasn't only his playing that made him such a legend. He was a beautiful man who could drift from the comic to the serious, abound with stories and anecdotes, a perpetual smile despite all the difficulties he encountered and suffered over the years with never a bad word to say about anyone. I loved his bear hugs and his enthusiasm for everything. Always positive and always there for you if you needed him. He was a man's man and I am honoured to have had him as a true friend.

My heart goes out to his family and his friends, of which he had so many and to all the people he touched with the music over his long years with us. He will be deeply missed and never replaced.

"Love you, Ted. RIP brother."

Robin McAuley wrote ... "I’m only now reading this terribly sad news about our very own Ted McKenna. A most wonderful and kind man and one of the greatest drummers in the business. I spent many hours chatting with Ted while on the tour bus or in the dressing room at whatever city we played. He told me so many stories about his time in SAAB and also with Rory Gallagher. Great stories great laughs. He told me about his teaching and his many students. He had his Son Casey at our last London show and how proud he was to have him there.

He had mentioned several times to me about finding the time to have this hernia surgery.. it bothered him he told me and was uncomfortable while playing sometimes. Now this devastating news from what is generally a routine surgery.  I absolutely loved sharing the stage with this lovely man! This incredibly solid experienced man! So much more than just a great drummer.  
This is very upsetting news indeed. I loved you Ted McKenna and will miss you dearly my friend and Brother.  Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to all Ted’s family at this time.  Rest In Peace!  

We truly have lost someone very special! I just hope you laid down all your drum tracks before taking off Mister".


Tributes continue to flood in as the world mourns the loss of both a very talented musician, but an all round top bloke too.


Ted McKenna RIP - 10.03.1950 – 19.01.2019



Tygers of Pan Tang receive gold disc

Tygers Of Pan Tang has sold an impressive amount of 10.000 copies of their 2016 self titled come-back album. This weekend, gold discs were presented to the band by Mighty Music CEO Michael H. Andersen while visiting the band in their hometown Newcastle to discuss the album plans for the upcoming album.


Tygers Of Pan Tang will enter the studio with producer Fred Purser (previously a Tygers Of Pan Tang member himself) in April to record the upcoming album and again Soren Andersen/Medley Studios (Glenn Hughes, Mike Tramp) will be handling the mixing duties.


The album is expected to be released in November and a first single in the late summer. In Spring-time the band will perform a handful of European shows, including the prestigious Rock Hard Festival 2019 in Germany and Nordic Noise Rock Festival in Denmark.


Robb Weirr "The dial goes to ten but the Tygers push it to eleven! Eleven new ferocious tracks waiting to be captured on tape in April! You're gonna love this one....".


Current line-up Tygers Of Pan Tang:

Robb Weir - guitars
Iacopo Meille - vocals
Michael McCrystal - guitars
Gav GrayGrey - bass
Craig Ellis - drums & percussion

Photo L-R:
Gav Gray (bass), Micky Crystal (guitars), Tom Noble(manager), Michael H. Andersen (CEO/Mighty Music), Craig Ellis (drums) & Robb Weir (guitarts and founding member). Newcastle, UK, January 2019.


Check out the video to the band's biggest hit in recent times "Only The Brave" which has now been streamed and viewed over 2 million times (850.000 plays on Spotify alone): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBHIw_Ptf7g


Statement release new album, "Force Of Life", March 1st via Mighty Music.

Statement DK, one of the most hard-working bands in Denmark, release their third opus, "Force Of Life", on March 1st on Mighty Music. The record was produced and mixed by Soren Andersen (Mike Tramp Official, Glenn Hughes) and features 10 songs of melodic rock/metal for fans of Disturbed, Metallica & Pretty Maids. Artwork was done by Jobert Mello/Sledge Hammer (Sabaton, Primal Fear).


The Copenhagen based hard rock band Statement is a living proof that raw talent, ambition and honesty can still prevail in an ailing music industry. The backbone of their work? Old school Hard Rock songs with a new twist.


Statement recently returned home after a European tour with British metal legends Diamond Head. “This tour was the first real tour for us and we met new friends and had a good spirit between all four bands. Diamond Head (UK) was the Headliner act, and Gin Annie (UK) Statement (DK) and Blinding Sparks (F) were the three support bands the tour. We have been playing a lot of shows in these last 5 years but never so many in a row, but we are sure that this tour was just the beginning and one out of many more. Tour life is focus on only one thing, and that’s your performance and that is what we are there for”, says Niels Alex Larsen (lead guitars, vocals).


The first two albums were recorded and mixed by Tue Madsen/ Antfarm Studios (Sick Of It All, Moonspell etc.) The new album “Force Of Life” has been produced and recorded by Soren Andersen at Medley Studio (Glenn Hughes/Mike Tramp/Artillery). “Force of Life” was recorded in Medley Studio in two sessions. The first session was tough and a “feel kinda thing” to see if we should continue the new work with Soren Andersen behind the desk. We quickly found out that our minds melted into one, and it totally changed the sound of Statement to something we never expected”, adds vocalist Jannick Brochdorf.


Niels Alex concludes: “On the Diamond Head tour we found ourselves some very good friends in Gin Annie from the UK. They have an album recorded and are doing a release tour in the UK and Statement is invited to play all the shows together with them. We are looking forward to play in UK – it’ll be the first time for us! We’ll be playing 10 shows and we are looking forward to meeting the British audience”.


Pre-order the LP and CD here www.targetshop.dk


Frontiers Music Srl welcome Seven Spires to their label

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the signing of American metal quartet Seven Spires for a multi-album deal.


Seven Spires is an American metal band from Boston, specialising in melancholic tales and tenebrous grandeur. Part bittersweet melodic metal anthems, part apocalyptic melodic death and black metal, and part romantic classical poets, they are storytellers who draw from across the traditional spectrum of metal and beyond to weave tragedies of demons, death, love, and the peculiarities of the human condition.


Following a highly successful crowdfunding campaign and the release of their debut album “Solveig", Seven Spires performed live extensively in the U.S., Canada, and at festivals such as MetalDays, 70000tons of Metal, and ProgPower USA. They are in the final production stages of their second full length record, which will once again be mixed and mastered by Sascha Paeth (Avantasia, Kamelot, Epica, etc), and will be released later in 2019.


Singer Adrienne Cowan says, “We've been searching for a label partner who not only believed honestly in our vision, but could also support us in the ways that we needed. Frontiers is exactly that, and we are thrilled to be on board with them! They have been nothing but helpful and respectful regarding our moves for our next album, and you can expect a release that is highly emotional, dark, and theatrical. The future is shining emerald green, and we elatedly anticipate the next chapter in our voyage. Lastly, we extend our endless thanks to our Seventh Brigade and everyone who has supported us in our endeavours since our creation in '13. We could not have made it here without you.”


In related news, Adrienne was recently chosen by Sascha Paeth to front his new band, Sascha Paeth's Masters Of Ceremony and she was handpicked by none other than Tobias Sammet to perform with Avantasia on their upcoming tour, which starts this March.


The band also kicks off a U.S. tour next week. See all dates below.


Seven Spires continue the Frontiers' tradition of identifying and signing the most promising talents to ensure that the future of hard rock and metal music is in good hands. #NewBreed #RockAintDead






Adrienne Cowan - Vocals + Orchestrations
Jack Kosto - Guitar
Peter Albert de Reyna - Bass
Chris Dovas - Drums


17th Jan Herman’s Hideaway – Denver, CO
18th Jan The Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
20th Jan Substation – Seattle, WA
21st Jan Old Nicks – Eugene, OR
22nd Jan Shea’s Tavern – Reno, NV
24th Jan Viper Room – Los Angeles, CA
27th Jan Bancroft – San Diego, CA
28th Jan The Rogue Bar – Scottsdale, AZ
29th Jan The Rockhouse – El Paso, TX
30th Jan The Deadhorse – San Angelo, TX
31st Jan Acadia – Houston, TX
1st Feb Fitzgerald’s – San Antonio, TX
2nd Feb Doublewide – Dallas, TX



Denmarks melodic heavy metal band MERIDIAN are releasing their third album “Margin Of Error” as the follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Breaking The Surface” from 2016. It's the bands third album, but it contains a couple of firsts. It's the first full album made with guitarist and producer Marco Angioni, and it's the first album written and recorded with a stable line-up, all sharing the same musical vision.


Work on the album began in 2017 where various writing sessions resulted in the basic foundation for eight new tracks. The band went straight into Death Island Studio to try out, and test drive the new working relationship with Marco at the helm. Four songs where recorded and released as the digital EP “The Fate Of Atlantis” in March 2018. In early 2018 Martin and Marco took some time off to write and record a new album with former ACCEPT singer REƎCE. The album “Resilient Heart” is a big success and showcase, apart from Reece as the great singer he is, also Martin and Marco as the talented songwriters and performers they are. In the summer of 2018 the band finished off the songwriting and headed back into the studio to record the remaining seven songs for the album.


Musically the songs varies from melodic rock like the first single “Second Best”, over hard hitting metal anthems and slowpaced heavy monsters to the all out thrashy “Disconnect”, which contains guest appearance from Steve Smyth (One Machine - official, Nevermore, Testament etc.) on lead guitar. It's a varied musical landscape, but all 11 tracks are well crafted songs with strong vocal melodies and memorable choruses you can sing along to.


Lyrically the songs deals with important topics like war (Off To War), death (Circle The Drain), global warming (The Fate Of Atlantis), over personal topics like mental illness (Fragments Of A Life) and fighting inner demons (The Devil Inside Us All), to dealing with modern day life where everybody is constantly online (Disconnect). “Margin Of Error” is the new album from Meridian. It's the most coherent and well crafted collection of songs from a band that's better than ever. Meridian is heading out on the road in 2019 to support the album.


“Margin Of Error” is recorded at Death Island Studio.
Produced, mixed and mastered by Marco Angioni.
Cover artwork by Photos by Lena Angioni.


“Margin Of Error” will be released on LP, CD & digital.

Pre-order the album already now:

CD: https://goo.gl/9Auvqb
LP: https://goo.gl/aMvfZB


Lars Märker –vocals
Martin J. Andersen –guitars
Marco Angioni –guitars
Peter Bruun –bass
Klaus Agerbo –drums


Live 2019:
22/3 - Huset, Esbjerg
23/3 - High Voltage, KBH
17/5 - TBA
18/5 - Kansas City, Odense




Mike Tramp Strays From The Flock

"Stray From The Flock" is the new studio album from Mike Tramp. Released on the 1st of March on CD, double gatefold LP on black 140G vinyl, LTD double gatefold LP on orange colour LP 180G (500 copies only) digital and cassette.


All formats can be pre-ordered at the official Trampshop www.targetshop.dk/miketramp - and all orders placed before 1st of February will be personally signed by Mike Tramp.


With 100+ shows planned in 2019 to support the new album - starting off in the US in February and March with 22 shows - and a first single, titled "Dead End Ride", ready to drop on January the 25th (together with a top-notch video), this will be another great year for Mike Tramp.


Stadium concerts. Number one top charts with solo releases. History of rock'n'roll written all over him. Mike Tramp has had it all. Right now, however, after spending the last two decades studiously carving out a solid solo career for himself, Mike Tramp is happy being Mike Tramp. “Many years ago I realized that going back to basics, demanding nothing and being surprised if there was a tray of sandwiches in the dressing room was the way forward,” he smiles.


"Stray From The Flock" is the latest in a stellar collection of records written and released by Tramp since 1997. From the excellence of his solo debut "Capricorn" till the No. 1 charts catapulted "Maybe Tomorrow", the Danish singer has been on a distinctive, solo journey that have seen him reinventing himself and reach a consistency in look, feel and a sound that although centres on some of the finest, acoustic based yet hauntingly melodic songs you’ll ever hear also – refreshingly so - make the odd diversion into previously unexplored territory.


Recorded at Ark Studio in Denmark and mixed in Sweden by Peter Masson, "Stray From The Flock”, essentially takes the 2013 release “Cobblestone Street” template one step further. It’s also an album that pretty much wrote itself. “I picked up the guitar and the songs just started flying out of me. I thought ‘fuck! There’s an album that wants to come out of here!’”, Tramp laughs. Mike will, of course, be touring in support of “Stray From The Flock”, but as with his previous solo excursions, there won’t be any explosions, moving drum risers or confetti bombs on stage. There will just be a guy standing in the middle being the real deal. That guy is Mike Tramp.


USA TOUR - February & March - 2019

2/14: Whisky A Go Go, Hollywood, CA
2/15: TBA - Las Vegas, NV
2/16: TBA - Salt Lake City, UT
2/17: The Venue - Denver, CO
2/20 TBA - Texas
2/21: Bonny Blair's - Brandon, MS
2/23: Five O'Clock Club - Sarasota, FL w/ John Corabi
2/24: Monsters Of Rock Cruise - Miami, FL
2/25: Monsters Of Rock Cruise - Miami, FL
2/26: Monsters Of Rock Cruise - Miami, FL
2/27: Monsters Of Rock Cruise - Miami, FL
2/28: Monsters Of Rock Cruise - Miami, FL
3/2: Mike’s Lounge - Melbourne, FL
3/4: 37 Main - Buford, GA w/ John Corabi
3/5: The Square Room - Knoxville, TN
3/7: Hot Spot - High Ridge, MO
3/8: The Rockhaus- West Dundee, IL
3/9: The Firehouse - Richmond, IN w/ John Corabi
3/10: The Machine Shop - Flint, MI
3/12: Coda - Cleveland, OH
3/13: Three Flags Ballroom, Warren, PA
3/14: Hopewell Theatre - Hopewell, NJ w/ John Corabi
3/15: River Rock Tavern -Derby, CT w/ John Corabi
3/16: The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY w/ John Corabi
3/17: Debonair Music Hall - Teaneck, NJ w/ John Corabi
3/19: The Vault - New Bedford, MA
3/20: Sharkey’s - Liverpool, NY
3/21: CH Stage & Grill - Pittsburgh, PA w/ John Corabi
3/23: Penn’s Peak - Jim Thorpe, PA w/KIX


Mike Tramp Official / Mike Tramp Danmark


The Treatment have announced the "Power Crazy Tour"

The Treatment have announced the "Power Crazy Tour", a UK headlining run scheduled for May-June 2019.


The Treatment returned in late 2018 with a brand-new singer Tom Rampton, a single ‘Lets Get Dirty’, and a sold out September co-headline tour with Airrace. See the video for ‘Let’s Get Dirty” here: https://youtu.be/-7v88lCz-SI


The band have now finished their forthcoming new studio album, out this spring via Frontiers Music Srl, and announced a full UK tour in May/June. This tour will follow four extra dates with Airrace in March.


The hard-hitting five-piece based out of Cambridge, invoke the good-time swagger of band’s like AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, The Cult, and Guns N’ Roses. Formed in 2008, the band released its debut LP, "This Might Hurt" in 2011. Since then the band have released two long players "Running With The Dogs" (2014) and "Generation Me" (2016). The Treatment are renowned for their high energy live shows and have toured with the likes of Alice Cooper, Steel Panther, Thin Lizzy, KISS, Motley Crue, and Slash as well as gracing the stages at Download Festival and Hellfest Open Air Festival.


2019 UK tour dates:


Co-headline with Airrace
Thurs 21st March 2019 - 02 Academy, Oxford
Fri 22nd March 2019- The Iron Road, Pershore
Sat 23rd March 2019 - Queens Hall, Nuneaton
Sun 24th March 2019 - The Waterloo, Blackpool


“Power Crazy Tour” with special guests Bigfoot
Wed 22nd May 2019 - The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
Thurs 23rd May 2019 - Hanger 18, Swansea
Fri 24th May 2019 - The Underworld, London
Sat 25th May 2019 - The Waterfront, Norwich
Mon 27th May 2019 - The Portland, Cambridge
Wed 29th May 2019 - Corporation, Sheffield
Thurs 30th May 2019 - Rebellion, Manchester
Fri 31st May 2019 - Stereo, Glasgow
Sat 1st June 2019 - The Brickyard, Carlisle
Sun 2nd June 2019 - The Cluny, Newcastle






Farewell from The Poodles

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, dear Friends, Brothers, and Sisters!

We want to take the opportunity to announce the end of The Poodles journey together as a band, and what an amazing experience it has been!

Over the last 12 years we have travelled the roads together, created beautiful music, faught, laughed, loved, and dreamed!

Alas, every ship must find a port e no matter how great the journey!

We have cherished every moment and every encounter along the way. We want to thank the many people who helped and collaborated with us, some only briefly, others for longer periods of time; all in the service of rock! You know who you are!

Also a very special THANK YOU to our fantastic fans and audiences for following us on the road, appreciating our music and for supporting us in every way! Without you, nothing of this would have been possible, we wish you all the very best!!!

Now, the future is yet to be written and we hope to see you soon, somehow, somewhere!


Salute and Farewell for now!”


Korpiklaani tour news & beer details!

For our forthcoming »Wayfarers & Warriors Tour 2019« with TURISAS and TROLLFEST, we will release a special limited tour edition, which will include a bonus CD titled »Beer Beer«, This will only be available in this physical package. It includes 14 versions of 'Beer Beer', graced by the likes of Christopher Bowes (ALESTORM), Steve "Zetro" Souza (EXODUS), Andreas "Gerre" Geremia (TANKARD), Jesper Anastasiadis (TURISAS), TROLLFEST, HEIDEVOLK and many more of our friends. A first taster (pun intended) will be revealed very soon.


You can pre-order here:  http://nblast.de/KorpiklaaniKulkijaTE


Comments Jonne, "Whilst being in the studio, we thought what better way to promote our own beer than by making a newer version of 'Beer Beer'! As beer is international, we decided to ask our friends to sing in their own language and we also had the idea of trying to make as many language versions as possible. Now we can present you with the first 14, which we are extremely happy and grateful for these versions. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do."


»Kulkija [Tour Edition]« - Track Listing:


01. Neito
02. Korpikuusen kyynel
03. Aallon alla
04. Harmaja
05. Kotikonnut
06. Korppikalliota
07. Kallon malja
08. Sillanrakentaja
09. Henkselipoika
10. Pellervoinen
11. Riemu
12. Kuin korpi nukkuva
13. Juomamaa
14. Tuttu on tie


»Beer Beer« CD

01. Kaljaa (feat. Vesku | KLAMYDIA)
02. Bier Bier (feat. Gerre | TANKARD)
03. Bíra Bíra (feat. FLERET)
04. Øl Øl (feat. TROLLFEST)
05. Shai Shai (feat. NYTT LAND)
06. Birra Birra (feat. Emilio | SKILTRON)
07. Пиво Пиво (feat. TROLL BENDS FIR)
08. Pivo Pivo (feat. Meri | IRIJ)
09. Μπύρα Μπύρα (feat. Jesper | TURISAS)
10. Pivo Pivo (feat. Milan from ACHSAR)
11. Beer Kill Kill (feat. Zetro | EXODUS)
12. Beer Beer (feat. Chris | ALESTORM)
13. Mellanöl (feat. Viking Danielson | SVARTA LJUSET)
14. Beer Beer (feat. HEIDEVOLK)



25.01. FIN Helsinki - Nosturi (w/ TROLLFEST, WALTARI)
26.01. FIN Tampere - Klubi (w/ TROLLFEST)
31.01. FIN Jyväskylä - Lutakko
01.02. FIN Lahti - Finlandia-klubi
02.02. FIN Turku - Apollo
07.02. FIN Kuopio - Henry’s Pub
08.02. FIN Oulu - Hevimesta
09.02. FIN Seinäjoki - Rytmikorjaamo


»Wayfarers & Warriors Tour 2019«


21.02. LUX Esch an der Alzette - Kulturfabrik
22.02. D Wacken - Wacken Winter Nights
23.02. NL Tilburg - 013
24.02. B Antwerp - Trix Muziekcentrum
25.02. UK London - Islington Assembly Hall
26.02. F Lille - Le Splendid
27.02. F Paris - La Cigale
28.02. F Mérignac – Krakatoa
01.03. E Bilbao - Santana 27
02.03. P Porto - Hard Club
03.03. P Lisbon - Lisboa ao Vivo
05.03. E Málaga - Paris 15
06.03. E Murcia - Garaje Beat Club
07.03. E Zaragoza - Centro Cívico Delicias
08.03. F Marseille - Espace Julien
09.03. CH Pratteln - Z7
10.03. F Bourg-en-Bresse - La Tannerie
11.03. I Trezzo sull'Adda (MI) - Live Club
12.03. HR Zagreb - Tvornica Kulture
13.03. H Budapest - Barba Negra Music Club
14.03. SK Bratislava - Majestic Music Club
15.03. PL Krakow - Klub Kwadrat
16.03. PL Warsaw - Progresja
17.03. PL Gdansk - B90
19.03. D Berlin - Huxleys Neue Welt
20.03. PL Wroclaw - Centrum Koncertowe A2
21.03. D Jena - F-Haus
22.03. D Munich - TonHalle
23.03. D Mannheim - MS Connexion Complex
24.03. D Cologne - Essigfabrik


31.05. - 02.06. CZ Pilsen - Metalfest Open Air
03. - 06.07. D Ballenstedt - Rockharz Open Air
21. - 27.07. SLO Tolmin - MetalDays
02.08. RO Rasnov - Rockstadt Extreme Fest
03.08. FIN Tampere - SaariHelvetti *NEW*

Now you can hope for Pyynikin Brewing Company n, korpi beer for your k shop on the internet form:



Kansas announce new keyboardist

KANSAS is excited to announce keyboardist Tom Brislin as the newest member of the band. Brislin is replacing departing keyboardist David Manion.

An internationally acclaimed musician, Brislin has performed and toured with a variety of artists, including Yes (appearing on Symphonic Live), Meat Loaf, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Camel, Renaissance, Dennis DeYoung formerly of Styx, and many others. For years he fronted the band Spiraling and produced his debut solo album Hurry Up and Smell the Roses.

Most recently, Tom co-founded the progressive rock group The Sea Within. Along with guitarist Roine Stolt of The Flower Kings, bassist Jonas Reingold of the Steve Hackett band, and drum star Marco Minnemann, they released their first album in 2018 on Sony/Inside Out Music, joining KANSAS on the label’s roster. Tom has also formed Gold Rotation, a collective of diverse musicians and songwriters who premiered with a performance at Progstock Festival in 2018.

KANSAS original member and drummer, Phil Ehart comments, “We are extremely excited for Tom Brislin to be the newest member of KANSAS. His background speaks for itself, and we are looking forward to working with him. We cannot wait to get started, and think KANSAS fans will really enjoy what Tom brings to the band.”

Brislin adds, “It’s an honor to be asked to join a such legendary band as KANSAS. Their music has been in the soundtrack to so many of our lives, and their repertoire has enduring depth, beauty, and power. I’m thrilled to perform the classics and I’m equally excited to be a part of the new music that KANSAS creates.”

Brislin’s first performances with KANSAS will be aboard the Rock Legends Cruise in February, followed by March 1 in Baltimore, MD at the Modell Lyric where the band will be resuming the Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour. A list of announced 2019 KANSAS Tour Dates can be found at KansasBand.com.

InsideOutMusic sign SOTO

SOTO, the modern Heavy Metal / Hardrock group featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (ex Yngwie Malmsteen / Talisman / Journey, Sons Of Apollo, TSO, etc.), are pleased to announce the signing of a new worldwide deal with InsideOutMusic.


Jeff Scott Soto checked in with the following comment about the signing:“I am proud to have SOTO working with the great InsideOutMusic & their partners at Century Media Records and Sony Music. Having seen what we did together with Sons Of Apollo, I am thrilled to see what we’ll do to further my own vanity band SOTO into the future. It‘s a very exciting time in our lives and career!”.


SOTO started in 2015 derived from the idea of Jeff Scott Soto wanting to return to his heavier roots. So far they released 2 albums, “Inside The Vertigo“ (2015) and “DIVAK“ (2016), taking a short break while Jeff embarked on the supergroup Sons Of Apollo, alongside Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian, Billy Sheehan and Bumblefoot.


Now SOTO are returning under the same umbrella as Sons Of Apollo, signing with InsideOutMusic. A new album is currently being worked on and its material will continue to expand and move the band towards new heights whilst following up with their brand of Power Rock.


SOTO – Live 2019:

17.02.2019 San Juan (Puerto Rico) – Handlebar
21.02.2019 Tampa (USA) – The Orpheum
24.-28.02.2019 Monsters Of Rock Cruise / https://monstersofrockcruise.com/


Battle Beast - album cover and release date revealed

"No More Hollywood Endings" to drop March 22.


Friends around the world! Today we are are happy to share with you the first details regarding our upcoming album. "No More Hollywood Endings", the fifth album by Battle Beast will arrive on March 22, 2019 thru Nuclear Blast Records. As with our previous album, the cover art was again created by Jan "Örkki" Yrlund.


"The heavy songs are heavier, pop-delights brighter, rock vibes stronger, and sounds richer than before. The emotional scale is wider, and everything is bigger. Stay tuned for 2019!" comments keyboardist and album producer Janne Björkroth on the upcoming opus.


More album info and the first musical tasters coming up shortly. In the mean time... GET YOUR BEAST MODE ON!




Event page: bit.ly/2FBBW4w


Following successful label festivals in Milan, Los Angeles, and Stockholm, Frontiers Music Srl is proud to announce FRONTIERS ROCK UK, a new event presented by Frontiers and The Academy Group which will be held at the O2 Institute Birmingham on 2nd February 2019.


FRONTIERS ROCK UK features some of the hottest acts signed to the label, with six bands comprising a spectacular bill of UK based talent: Inglorious, Wayward Sons, Vega, Bigfoot, Doomsday Outlaw and City of Thieves!


New video from Thunder

Please Remain Seated Pre-orders & Streaming https://thunderband.lnk.to/PRSPR


Taken from the "Please Remain Seated" Album, released Jan 18th 2019.


In anticipation of our 30th anniversary we’ve revisited and reinterpreted a selection of our finest songs in a way you’ve never heard them before. 


HMV Instores - January 18th to 24th 2019 Apply here https://thunderband.lnk.to/PRShmv 


Touring - UK & Europe - February 2019 onwards Buy tickets & VIP packages here http://thunderonline.com/  


Handy Thunder Links: www.thunderonline.com  www.facebook.com/thunderonline   www.twitter.com/thundertowers  www.instagram.com/thunderonline   www.bmg.com