Ritchie Blackmore has confirmed that his 21st-century lineup of Rainbow will tour the UK in June next year. The four shows follow a handful of experimental appearances earlier this year, when the veteran Deep Purple guitarist decided to try out a return to rock after many years working with his Renaissance-themed band Blackmore’s Night.
He’d originally described the shows as “just a few dates for fun” – but afterwards he said: “We might do a few more shows again. I enjoyed it, especially the last one in England.
“The first two were a little bit intense because we hadn’t played together – but the last one in Birmingham seemed to work to me. It was so weird, I think it was 20,000 people – it sold out in 15 minutes and I kind of wondered who they thought was playing. When I got to the auditorium, it was so vast that I thought, ‘Maybe someone else is playing this show tonight.'”
Promoters say: “The Ritchie Blackmore Rainbow tour promises to be an unmissable event, not only for Deep Purple and Rainbow fans, but also those who want to soak up the electrifying genius of the legendary guitarist live.”
Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow UK tour 2017
Jun 17: London O2 Stone Free Festival
Jun 22: Manchester Arena
Jun 25: Glasgow SSE Hydro
Jun 28: Birmingham Genting Arena
Multi-faceted musician/performer Jason Charles Miller has inked a deal with Century Media Records.
A veteran artist with more than two decades of work to his credit, Miller is commonly known in the music world as the frontman and founding member of the industrial rock outfit GODHEAD, but has established himself in recent years as a solo artist and sought-after songwriter and producer.
Miller commented: “I couldn’t be happier to have a home at the Century family! Participating as a songwriter with several acts on the label for the past few years has given me a unique look into the company and how they do business. The staff at Century dedicates themselves to their acts with passion, conviction, devotion and sweat! I can’t wait to work with everyone there and get some great things done!”
In addition to his forthcoming southern rock-inspired debut with Century Media, Miller recently co-produced the new Billy Ray Cyrus album, “Thin Line”. He is also a much-sought-after voice acting talent that has been featured in over a hundred video games and animated productions, including World Of Warcraft, The Legend Of Korra and Mafia III.
Miller will begin 2017 with appearances at NAMM (ESP/Takamine Guitars Stage) on January 20 and the Anime Los Angeles convention January 27-29. His first scheduled shows of the new year will take place January 26 at The Federal in North Hollywood, and at Bar Sinister in Hollywood on March 18.
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT will launch a massive North American tour next April in support of their latest album, “Brotherhood Of The Snake”. Support on the trek will come from Brazilian/American thrashers SEPULTURA and genre-defying stalwarts PRONG.
“After four successful tours through Europe over the last six months, we are looking forward to touring across North America,” comments TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy. “We’ll have a new headlining set list with tracks from ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’, and how cool is it that we will be sharing the stage with our brothers in metal SEPULTURA and PRONG?! See ya’ in the PIT!”
A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Wednesday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m. EST and end on Thursday, December 8 at 10:00 p.m. EST. When prompted, type in the presale code “THEPIT” to access tickets before the general public.
The dates are as follows:
Apr. 06 – Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
Apr. 07 – Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
Apr. 08 – Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
Apr. 09 – House Of Blues – Houston, TX
Apr. 10 – House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
Apr. 12 – The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
Apr. 13 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Apr. 14 – House Of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
Apr. 15 – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
Apr. 16 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
Apr. 19 – The National – Richmond, VA
Apr. 20 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
Apr. 21 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal & Harcore Festival)
Apr. 22 – The Paramount – Huntington, NY
Apr. 23 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 24 – Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
Apr. 26 – Metropolis – Montreal, QC
Apr. 27 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON
Apr. 28 – Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI
Apr. 29 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
Apr. 30 – Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
May 02 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
May 03 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
May 04 – The District – Sioux Falls, SD
May 06 – Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
May 07 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
May 09 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
May 10 – Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
May 11 – Showbox Market – Seattle, WA
May 12 – The Revolution Concert House – Boise, ID
May 15 – Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ
May 16 – House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
May 17 – Livewire – Scottsdale, AZ
May 18 – House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA
May 19 – Regency Ballroom – San Francsco, CA
May 20 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
“Brotherhood Of The Snake” was released on October 28 via Nuclear Blast. The cover was once again created by renowned artist Eliran Kantor, who also handled the art for the TESTAMENT’s last album, 2012’s “Dark Roots Of Earth”, and also worked with bands like HATEBREED, SOULFLY and KATAKLYSM in the past.
“Brotherhood Of The Snake” was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, HEATHEN, MACHINE HEAD), guitarist Eric Peterson and singer Chuck Billy and was mixed and mastered by British metal producer Andy Sneap (ACCEPT, ARCH ENEMY, CRADLE OF FILTH, KREATOR, MACHINE HEAD, MEGADETH).
SEPULTURA will release its new studio album, “Machine Messiah”, on January 13 via Nuclear Blast. Inspired by the robotization of our society, the disc was produced by the band and Jens Bogren (SOILWORK, OPETH, KATATONIA, AMON AMARTH) of Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. The CD’s stunning cover artwork was created by Filipino artist Camille Della Rosa.
PRONG’s latest album, “X – No Absolutes”, was released on February 5 through SPV/Steamhammer as a digipak (including bonus track+poster), 2LP gatefold version (colored vinyl, CD in paper sleeve) and as a digital download.
PRONG spent the better part of October and November trekking through Europe with OBITUARY, EXODUS and KING PARROT as part of the “Battle Of The Bays” tour.
May 2015 Phil Lewis of LA GUNS and his Surprise Guest… Tracii Guns!!!
Phil Lewis has announced his departure from L.A. GUNS. His official statement on the matter reads as follows:
“Dear friends and fans, with a heavy heart, I have to inform you that as of January 1, 2017 I will no longer be a member of this lineup. I feel I have gone as far as I can in this band, and unless I get out and focus on myself and something new that has a future, I’m going to stagnate.
“For the last five years, I’ve been enthusiastic to record a new record. ‘Hollywood Forever’ really recharged my batteries and made me feel very proud to be in this band, but it feels like so long ago now. At this stage, I want to walk away with at least a little dignity.
“I want to thank you all for your solid support throughout the last 15 years. We’ve had the pleasure and honor of playing so many wonderful countries, and I’ve always made a point of getting out and meeting some of the best, most loyal fans in the business. Your smiling faces will always be a huge part of my adventure, and I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. What’s the point of making records or playing shows if you don’t have fans for feedback, and I feel blessed to have so many cool people who treasure the music as much as I do as a part of our fan base.
“I will continue writing, recording, and performing in the future. I have some solid plans, and I’m also open to where fate will take me on my musical adventure, and I sincerely hope if I’m anywhere near you, you’ll come out and say hi and hear what I’m doing.
“I love rock and roll, it’s been my religion and salvation for many decades, and I feel the fire burning in my soul to do more. I have no plans on slowing down or retiring anytime soon, so please don’t be sad.
“Wish me luck and please stay in touch. Goodbye.”
There is no word yet on what will happen to Lewis’s previously announced project with L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns, which has been playing shows in recent months. The duo signed a deal with Frontiers Music Srl this past summer and was supposed to release an album in 2017, also under the name L.A. GUNS.