On their official website, vocalist Hansi Kürsch has posted a couple of updates for news-hungry fans. The band recently played at the Kobesatonik festival in Bilbao, Spain, and enjoyed it thoroughly, describing the show as "a real blast... a pity we could not play longer." After the show, the band watched an impressive Kiss show and apparently picked up some pyrotechnic tips for their next tours. They enjoyed the Spanish experience so much, in fact, that they have announced two more shows there in September, with a possible third coming in October. The confirmed dates for the September shows are:
Mötley Crüe have confirmed shows in Mexico, Argentina and Japan for October of this year.
Latin American Tour:
03.10.2008 - Mexico, Guadalajara at Arena VFG
05.10.2008 - Mexico, Mexico City at The Sports Place
07.10.2008 - Mexico, Monterrey at Monterrey Arena
11.10.2008 - Argentina, Buenos Aires at Pepsi Festival
19.10.2008 - Japan, Saitama City at Saitama Super Arena Loudpark Festival]
21.10.2008 - Japan, Fukuoka at Zepp
22.10.2008 - Japan, Hamamatsu at Actcity
23.10.2008 - Japan, Nagoya at Zepp
25.10.2008 - Japan, Osaka at Jo Hall
26.10.2008 - Japan, Tokyo at Super Arena
Tickets details will be posted on their Myspace and official website as they become available.
Legendary Fantasy Metal band Blind Guardian have contributed the main song to the new action/fantasy movie "In The Name Of The King - Dungeon Siege". On this occasion, Blind Guardian will hold a signing session at a special premiere screening of the movie on the 29th of November.
This special event begins at 19.00 CET in the "UCI Kinowelt Ruhr Park" with the signing session; the movie begins at 20.00.
Additionally, the band have announced their participation in the soundtrack of a computer game, due for release in 2008. Vocalist Hansi Kürsch has posted the following on the band's site:
"We are happy to inform you about our musical participation in the upcoming blockbuster computer game "Sacred 2 - Fallen Angel". The PC and X-Box 360 game designed and invented by Ascaron will be in stores somewhere at the beginning of 2008. "Sacred 1" is the best selling German fantasy/adventure computer game to date.
On July 6, 2007, Manowar will release their newest double live album, entitled "Gods Of War Live". This over-two-hour-long manifestation of pure power will feature the entire set list of the just-completed leg of the "Demons , Dragons and Warriors Tour 2007" including songs like "The Oath", "Mountain", "Warriors Of The World", "The Gods Made Heavy Metal" and songs from the new chart-topping album "Gods Of War".
The tracklist has been released, and runs as follows:
01 - Manowar
02 - Call To Arms
03 - Gloves Of Metal
04 - Each Dawn I Die
05 - Holy War
06 - Mountains
07 - The Oath
08 - Secret Of Steel
09 - Son Of William's Tale
The following updates were posted on the website of German Power Metal band Edguy:
"Due to an overwhelming response to their maiden tour of North America in 2005 with Hammerfall, Germany's beloved Edguy are bringing their "Rocket Ride World Tour" to the western hemisphere in support of their 2006 release of the same name, which climbed to the #27 slot on Billboard's Hard Music Chart. The tour will launch on Tuesday, September 11th in Hartford, Connecticut and will include Canada's Into Eternity, Norway's Susperia, plus a special guest. . On June 16th, the band will be back in Slovakia as special guest of the Scorpions in Bratislava. Edguy will also be this year's Saturday headliner at Germany's prestigious Bang Your Head!!! Festival on June 23rd, and are also confirmed for France's Hellfest on the 24th of July. All tour dates can be seen in the Tour Section of their website.
Recently launching a North American tour with Leaves' Eyes in support of "A Twist In The Myth", their Billboard-charting album (#21 on the Top Independent Albums chart and #288 on Billboard's Top Albums chart), Blind Guardian's German roots are never far behind. Featured in the "Betcha Can't Play This" section on Page 34 of the Holiday 2006 issue of Guitar World and on the DVD insert, guitarist André Olbrich explains how being exposed to classical music during childhood has made a definite impression on him as an adult musician, but not everything is composed with classically-tinged trills.
Eager to demonstrate the age-old adage of "All work and no play makes jack a dull boy," vocalist Hansi Kürsch and Olbrich stopped by the Revolver Magazine offices in August to record an impromptu song in two hours. To hear their resulting 40-second opus, go to http://www.revolvermag.com/theunit/index.html and scrolll down to "Click below to hear the entire song!" Additional information is available on Page 44 in the current issue of Revolver.
Blind Guardian will be guests at this year's Earthshaker Fest. Due to release their new album "A Twist In The Myth" in the fall (on September 1, 2006), some of the band's new songs will be premiered over the PA for everyone in attendance to hear. The band will also be holding an autograph session on Friday night; more details will be announced soon.
In any case, it is confirmed that there will be a massive giveaway for the fans in attendance:
1st Prize - a Meet & Greet session for 10 people with Blind Guardian at the Earthshaker Fest 2006. The winner will receive a big fan package containing a CD, DVD, shirt and a commemorative photo with the band.
2nd Prize - 20 people will have the chance to participate in soccer goal target practice against Blind Guardian. Each person who wins against Blind Guardian will receive a special Earthshaker package that includes a t-shirt, poster and CD sampler.
The upcoming Blind Guardian CD will be entitled "A Twist In The Myth" and shall contain the following songs:
This Will Never End (5:07)
Turn The Page (4:16)
Carry The Blessed Home (4:03)
Another Stranger Me (4:36)
Straight Through The Mirror (5:48)
Skalds And Shadows (3:13)
The Edge (4:27)
The New Order (4:49)