In case you were wondering, Manowar are still the loudest band on the planet... 'Cuz when they're in town, the power explodes.
During the sound-check last Friday afternoon (March 11th) for their first of two shows at the Agora in Cleveland, Ohio, the self-proclaimed kings of metal blew one of the city's power grids, causing a massive blackout on the entire city block where the venue is located.
Workers at the local electricity company took 24 hours to get the grid back online. Temporary generators had to be rushed in to run Manowar's sound and lights, and a lot of extra gear was brought in for the show. Fortunately, the generators worked and the show was not cancelled.
Revolution Renaissance mastermind Timo Tolkki has issued the following statement regarding the ultimate fate of the band:
"Due to my private problems, the lack of interest in Revolution Renaissance shows by the promoters, and the current situation in the music industry that affects to everything including the production budgets, it has become impossible to continue the band.
We have tried to book shows in these last three years, but we haven't been able to do so. A rock band cannot exist without direct contact to its fans. Therefore, I have no other choice but to make the decision to stop the band and its activities due to the above mentioned reasons.
The third and final album of the band, Trinity, will be released at the end of September.
Legendary Australian hard rock band Rose Tattoo has lost another member to cancer, with guitarist and founding member Mick Cocks succumbing to liver cancer in a Sydney hospital. Cocks, who was one of the band's main songwriters, had been battling the disease for about twelve months
"We're very sad to announce that Rose Tattoo founding member and guitarist Mick Cocks lost his battle against liver cancer and passed away today, on December 22th," said a statement on the band's website yesterday.
It comes just months after some of Australia's best-loved rockers joined forces to put on a benefit gig for the stricken performer. Rose Tattoo, Jimmy Barnes, You Am I, Ian Moss and The Screaming Jets played at the Enmore Theatre in July to raise money for Cocks.
Eternal Tears Of Sorrow has issued the following update:
"Petri Sankala has left the band. The reason for this mutual decision is Petri's back pain that hasn't allowed him to play drums 100% during the past two years. None of us has bad feelings whatsoever and we wish Petri all the best!
We'd like to introduce the replacement, Mr. Juho Raappana. In the past, Juho has played in many local bands such as Impish, Catamenia and Mythos. Having Gene Hoglan and Sean Reinert as his biggest influences, we think Juho is the best possible man to take the job. After all, fifteen years ago when we started, Death and Cynic influenced us.
P.S. Our forthcoming single was mixed last weekend. It will contain one new song and a brand new version of an old song. The single will be out in February and the album in April."
"Cavalera Conspiracy has been deemed an "inappropriate" band to perform with Judas Priest on their Priest Feast 2008 tour dates in Australia and New Zealand, and have thusly been forced to cancel their appearance at the previously announced tour dates in the southern Pacific.
Although Cavalera Conspiracy (featuring Max and Iggor of the legendary Sepultura) had several amazing and successful dates with their brothers in Priest throughout Eastern Europe, apparently the band has been deemed too inflammatory to open for Priest in Australia and NZ..
So, with that said, this post is an apology to the fans in the Australia and New Zealand for the cancellations. The Cavalera brothers will be back soon (..hopefully with a more reasonably priced tour...)!"
Due to the recent amendments of the entertainment visa requirements set by the Australian Immigration Department, Mayhem will not be able to get their visas approved in time for their scheduled Australian and NZ tour dates. As a result, tour promoter Just Say Rock in conjunction with Mayhem, have decided to postpone the tour to later this year.
All parties are now working on new dates for the Mayhem tour. The new dates will be released ASAP.
Any patron wishing to obtain a refund for their current ticket can do so by returning it to the point of sale to get the face value refunded. However, tickets will still be good for the rescheduled show.