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Edguy To Celebrate 25th Anniversary With ‘Monuments’ CD/DVD Package

“Monuments” will include brand new material, Edguy’s best tracks of the last 25 years, and old rarities that have never been published before.

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In February 1992, a bunch of German kids set out from the middle of nowhere and founded a band that would conquer the hearts of a whole new generation of fans around the globe.

Today, 25 years later, Edguy’s founding members Tobias Sammet and the two guitarists Jens Ludwig and Dirk Sauer, as well as Tobias “Eggi” Exxel (bass) and Felix Bohnke (drums), who joined the band 20 years ago, can look back at their hugely successful career to shows in more than 40 countries, countless tours in Asia, Australia and America, ten studio albums and Top 10 chart entries from all over the world.

To celebrate such an exceptional career with their fans, Edguy will get back on the road. And while the live program will only contain the best material of their entire career, the new release will not be just a “greatest hits” album one would expect to accompany such a tour: The 2-CD/DVD-package Monuments — due on July 14 via Nuclear Blast — will include brand new material, their best tracks of the last 25 years, and old rarities that have never been published before. In addition, the DVD will include an entire show from Edguy’s “Hellfire Club” tour in 2004 as well as the complete collection of the band’s video clips. The limited edition will include an extensive coffee-table book containing material from throughout the entire history of Edguy.

Sammet states: “Whilst collecting all of this picture material together, we were once again made aware of how proud we are of what we have created.

“There are probably not many musicians who are lucky enough to be able to look back on a 25-year-old band history at the end of their thirties. And especially without any lineup changes in the last 20 years! This is even more incredible considering that we’re not from Birmingham, New York or a German metropolis but from a small town called Fulda, a place where you normally only know about the insights of the music business by hearsay. I mean, as kids we started to play Edguy shows even before we had visited concerts as fans ourselves! Then we started to play shows outside our home town, then outside Germany and, all of a sudden, we found ourselves touring in Asia, America and Australia on a regular basis, because apparently there were people who liked our music. And they became more and more. For us, this always felt quite normal, the next step was all that mattered. We didn’t think about what happened while things were happening. But if you look back now, you will realize how lucky we were!”

He continued: “It’s now time to celebrate our anniversary with our fans. We’ll celebrate our quarter century with the release of Monuments and live in some selected cities! We’ll perform a best-of set list, a journey throughout our past, with a lot of fuss and at full throttle!

“The first quarter century is over and we want to honour these years with our fans! To the next 25 years!”

Catch Edguy live on the “25 Years – The Best Of The Best: Monuments Tour 2017”:

Jul. 16 – CZ – Vizovice – Masters Of Rock
Sep. 15 – D – Bremen – Aladin
Sep. 16 – D – Hamburg – Markthalle
Sep. 17 – D – Bochum – Zeche
Sep. 19 – D – Frankfurt – Batschkapp
Sep. 20 – D – Saarbrücken – Garage
Sep. 22 – D – Cologne – Essigfabrik
Sep. 23 – D – Stuttgart – LKA Longhorn
Sep. 24 – D – Munich – Backstage
Sep. 26 – D – Erlangen – E-Werk
Sep. 27 – D – Berlin – C-Club
Sep. 29 – CH – Pratteln – Z7
Sep. 30 – D – Memmingen – Kaminwerk
Oct. 03 – D – Fulda – Wartenberg-Oval

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Anvil To Release New Album ‘Pounding The Pavement’

Of course there are bands that have sold more albums, but few have earned as much respect from their colleagues.

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Of course there are bands that have garnered higher chart positions, sold more albums and filled bigger venues than Anvil. Yet there are few metal acts that have earned as much respect from their colleagues as the Canadian act surrounding vocalist/guitarist Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner. The most renowned Anvil aficionados include, among others, international stars such as Metallica and the late Lemmy of Motörhead, who have expressed their unreserved admiration time and again. The reasons for this evident respect are obvious: since 1978, Anvil have been the epitome of a passionate heavy metal band that refuses to be thrown off course by setbacks, adverse conditions and inconsistencies on the business side of things. Their latest album Pounding The Pavement proves their impressive stamina: never before have Anvil sounded as diverse, determined and inspiring.

Why has Pounding The Pavement turned into such an awesome offering? Kudlow’s explanation is simple: “The songwriting process started immediately after the work on our previous album, Anvil Is Anvil, had been completed,” he says. “So our thoughts instantly turned to the future again. After Anvil Is Anvil had been cut, everybody knew what we had just delivered and what Anvil’s future should sound like.” Despite the diverse range of their ideas, Kudlow, Reiner and their bassist Chris Robertson have succeeded in filling the typical trademarks of this unusual band with life once again – which is an important aspect for every Anvil release, after all tradition and reliability play an essential role in this group. Kudlow: “Of course we always allow inspirations from earlier recordings to seep in, but always with an emphasis on evolving the characteristic Anvil sound. Lots of fans keep asking us to play the way we did in the so-called good old days. That’s why I try from time to time to pick up on that exciting feel of our older material. Mind you, it’s always exclusively about the basic atmosphere of that time, never about copying an older song.”

Pounding The Pavement was produced at the Soundlodge studios in Rhauderfehn in the northwest of Germany, where Anvil found not only the necessary peace and seclusion to concentrate on their recordings, but also met in studio owner Jörg Uken the ideal producer for their ambitioned work. Talking of which: the programmatic album title Pounding The Pavement is a synonym for the consistently serious challenge of ensuring Anvil’s financial survival. Kudlow: “I feel nothing could describe the way we’ve been working for the past forty years better than Pounding The Pavement: Anvil have tried for four decades to earn enough money to survive and continue to make music.”

Pounding The Pavement will be released on January 19, 2018 through SPV/Steamhammer as a digipak version (+1 bonus track and poster), 2LP gatefold coloured version, download and stream.

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Culture Club To Release ‘Live At Wembley’ In December

All four original members reunited for one final show together at the historic Wembley Arena in London.

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For this very special hometown show, all four original members of Culture Club – Boy George, Jon Moss, Roy Hay and Mikey Craig – reunited for one final show together at the historic Wembley Arena in London.

As Boy George says, “We were thrilled to be back home for the final show of such a highly successful reunion tour. Being able to document this show on film before our hometown fans, friends and family, with all the original members of the band, where it all began for us in London in 1981, makes this concert film release that much more special for our fans to enjoy for many years to come.”

Culture Club returned home for the holidays in 2016 and performed live at Wembley Arena, after a hugely successful 60-city world tour. Featuring an explosive horn section and mind-blowing backup soul singers, the band ignites the stage before a sold-out crowd, as Boy George commands the catwalk with his masterful charm and smooth soulful voice, performing the band’s biggest hits, including “Karma Chameleon,” “It’s A Miracle,” “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me,” “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya,” “Church Of The Poison Mind,” and “Miss Me Blind.” They close the show with a rousing cover of T. Rex’s “Bang A Gong (Get It On).”

Live At Wembley showcases why Culture Club’s unique pop, soul and reggae styles resonate with fans 35 years after the 1982 release of their Kissing To Be Clever debut album. It was produced by award-winning producer, Barry Summers of Rock Fuel Media (Guns N’ Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction, VH1’s Decades Rock Live Series) and directed by Mark Ritchie (Madonna, Kanye West, Jane’s Addiction). Special Features include exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage with the band members as they discuss their illustrious career and the significance of this hometown iconic live performance.

The state-of-the-art DVD, Blu-Ray, CD and Vinyl package is out December 8 by Rock Fuel Media, distributed by Cleopatra Records. The concert will be broadcast on TV in 2018, details of which will be announced soon.

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Dope To Release 20th Anniversary ‘Early Years’ Compilation

The band is proud to announce the release of ‘Dope: The Early Years 1997 / 1998,’ the original story book and soundtrack of how it all began.

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In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Dope’s inception in NYC, the band is proud to announce the release of Dope: The Early Years 1997 / 1998, the original story book and soundtrack of how it all began.

Frontman Edsel Dope comments: “I can’t believe that it’s been 20 years since I started this band back in 1997. I couldn’t be more excited to share this unique package, along with the true uncensored story of how it all began. This was something that only a small community of people in NYC were able to share with us, back in the day. To be able to bring this to our fans all across the world 20 years later is surreal for me. I designed the entire package myself and I went to great lengths to create something that our die hard fans would greatly appreciate.”

The collection contains:
– 32 page story booklet, filled with never before seen photos, accompanied by Edsel Dope’s personal story of how it all began.
– 20 remastered tracks, available for the first time ever in digital form. These are the original bedroom demos that led to the band’s rise to the top of the NYC club scene. Includes four previously unreleased songs.

Also available:
– Recreation of Dope’s first ever concert poster from their historic sold out debut show at the Elbow Room in NYC on March 7 1998. Each poster is autographed by Edsel.
– Limited Edition “Established In 1997” T-shirt and hoodie.
– Bundles are also available.

All packages will ship on or before Dec 1st, 2017.

The Monster High Tour 2017 Dates:
10/03 @ Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
10/04 @ Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
10/05 @ El Corazon – Seattle , WA
10/06 @ Diamondz Event Center – Jerome,ID
10/07 @ Liquid Joes – Salt Lake City, UT
10/08 @ Herman’s Hideaway – Denver, CO
10/09 @ Lookout Lounge – Omaha, NE
10/10 @ The Reverb / Spicoli’s – Waterloo, IA
10/11 @ The Annex – Madison, WI
10/12 @ The Forge – Joliet, IL
10/13 @ The Machine Shop – Flint , MI
10/14 @ The Machine Shop – Flint , MI
10/15 @ The Agora – Cleveland, OH
10/16 @ Diesel – Pittsburgh, PA
10/17 @ Evening Star Concert Hall – Niagra Falls, NY
10/18 @ Fish Head Cantina – Halethorpe, MD
10/19 @ Whiskey Barrel – Laconia, NH *
10/20 @ Claddagh – Lawrence, MA *
10/21 @ Fete Ballroom – Providence, RI *
10/22 @ The Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ *
10/23 @ The Reverb – Reading, PA *
10/24 @ Arizona Pete’s – Greensboro, NC
10/25 @ 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL
10/26 @ The Abbey – Orlando, FL
10/27 @ Kelsey Theater – West Palm Beach, FL
10/28 @ Orpheum – Tampa, FL
10/30 @ Scout Bar – Houston, TX
10/31 @ St. Fitzgerald’s – San Antonio, TX
11/01 @ Trees – Dallas, TX
11/02 @ Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
11/03 @ The Coliseum – Lawton, OK
11/04 @ Sunshine Studios – Colorado Springs, CO
11/05 @ Top Deck – Farmington, NM
11/06 @ Marquis Theatre – Tempe, AZ
11/07 @ Adrenaline – Las Vegas, NV
11/08 @ The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
11/09 @ Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
* Ill Niño Appearing

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Cheap Trick To Release ‘Christmas Christmas’ Holiday Album

Cheap Trick delivers a sleigh full of rock and roll Christmas classics and festive favorites by Wizzard, Slade, Chuck Berry, the Ramones and The Kinks.

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers Cheap Trick will rock in the Yuletide season with the release of their first holiday-themed album, Christmas Christmas, out October 20 on Big Machine Records.

Arriving mere months after their critically acclaimed eighteenth studio album, We’re All Alright!, Cheap Trick co-produced the holiday collection alongside their longtime collaborator, Grammy Award winner Julian Raymond. With Christmas Christmas, Cheap Trick delivers a sleigh full of rock and roll Christmas classics and festive favorites by Wizzard, Slade, Chuck Berry, the Ramones and The Kinks, as well as newly penned offerings like the joyous lead track “Merry Christmas Darlings.”

Christmas Christmas track listing:

01. Merry Christmas Darlings
02. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
03. I Wish It Was Christmas Today
04. Merry Xmas Everybody
05. Please Come Home For Christmas
06. Remember Christmas
07. Run Rudolph Run
08. Father Christmas
09. Silent Night
10. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)
11. Our Father Of Life
12. Christmas Christmas

Cheap Trick — whose four-decade-plus career has seen it play more than five thousand shows and counting — remains on the road this fall for a string of U.S. headline dates, long-awaited Canadian run as special guests on Nickelback’s Feed The Machine arena tour and a top-billed set at Pembroke Pines, Florida’s upcoming RockFest 80’s (November 4). Additional dates — including some very special Christmas Christmas concerts — will be announced soon.

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Gene Simmons Announces ‘The Vault’ Box Set

In a newly released message, Gene Simmons reveals plans for the long-promised box set of previously unreleased solo material.

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In a newly released message, Gene Simmons reveals plans for the long-promised box set of previously unreleased solo material: “For the past three years, I’ve been working on something that I’ve wanted to share with you my entire life. I’ve gone through hours and hours of music I’ve recorded and written over the past fifty years to craft my career-spanning solo recordings box set. It’s called The Vault.”

He continues: “The Vault is one hundred and fifty-plus never-before-released songs I’ve written, spanning fifty years, going all the way back to when I was fourteen years old, all the way to some of the songs that became KISS classics. Tens CDs right here, all inside The Vault. It’s finally ready to bring to you. Yeah, that’s right, I said ‘to bring to you,’ because what I’m gonna be doing is something that’s never been done before by any artist or band. I’m gonna hand-deliver The Vault box set to you and to fans like you around the world.”

Simmons adds: “I also wanted you to have really cool stuff: an exclusive Gene Simmons action figure, an ‘In Gene We Trust’ medallion, a beautiful full-color book packed with photos from my personal archives, and my stories behind the songs — and a very special surprise item from me to you. You’re not gonna believe the things we found.”

More information on The Vault will be made available at www.genesimmonsvault.com.

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