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Video Exclusive: The Graveltones - Bang Bang

Friday, August 1, 2014 7:54am

Watch the brand new video here!

London garage rockers The Graveltones have unleashed the music video for their new single 'Bang Bang'.

The track is lifted from the band's album 'Don't Wait Down', which is out now.

You can watch the video for the song, exclusive to planetrock.com, below:

The two-piece will also be embarking on a UK tour later this month. Check out the dates below:

21/08/2014 Milton Keynes - The Craufurd Arms BUY TICKETS
22/08/2014 Grimsby - Yardbirds Club BUY TICKETS
23/08/2014 Glasgow - Stereo BUY TICKETS
25/08/2014 Manchester - Roadhouse BUY TICKETS
26/08/2014 Birmingham - The Oobleck BUY TICKETS
28/08/2014 Norwich - The Waterfront BUY TICKETS
29/08/2014 London - Underworld BUY TICKETS
31/08/2014 Southampton - Joiners BUY TICKETS
02/09/2014 Bristol - Louisiana BUY TICKETS
03/09/2014 Tunbridge Wells - Forum BUY TICKETS

Let us know what you think of the song and video in the comments below!

California Breed To Headline Friday At Planet Rockstock

Friday, August 1, 2014 3:42am

Gun also join the main stage bill.

As announced on Breakfast with Paul Anthony this morning, California Breed will headline the Friday night at this year's Planet Rockstock.

The band will top the main stage bill on 5th December.

Legendary vocalist-bassist Glenn Hughes and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer Andrew Watt have chosen ex Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal drummer Joey Castillo as the drummer for all upcoming dates when it became clear that Jason Bonham’s professional commitments would prevent him from being able to tour with the band.

As Glenn Hughes says “We’re just excited to play live, to tour, to be in front of and with our fans. We’re very proud of our debut record and we can’t wait to share it, live and loud, with you.”

Also confirmed for the Friday main stage line-up are Scottish hard rockers Gun.

They'll join Magnum, The Answer, Joe Elliott's Down 'N' Outz, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Phil Campbell's All Starr Band, Vandenberg's MoonKings and many more.

Planet Rockstock 2014 is the station's second weekend of live music, which this time takes place in Trecco Bay, Wales from 5th - 7th December. Tickets and more information are available at planetrock.com/rockstock!

Big Country Announce Series Of Reissues

Thursday, July 31, 2014 11:04am

Three of their albums will be reissued on August 3.

Big Country have announced that they will reissue three of their most critically-aclaimed albums.

The Scots will re-release their 4th, 5th and 6th studio albums 'The Seer, 'Peace In Our Time' and 'No Place Like Home' in double-disc sets on August 3rd 2014.

You can see the full track listings below:

THE SEER

DISC ONE – THE ORIGINAL ALBUM plus B-SIDES

01: Look Away ( 4:23 )
02: The Seer ( 5:19 )
03: The Teacher ( 4:06 )
04: I Walk The Hill ( 3:30 )
05: Eiledon ( 5:37 )
06: One Great Thing ( 4:03 )
07: Hold The Heart ( 6:07 )
08: Remembrance Day ( 4:29 )
09: Red Fox ( 4:12 )
10: Sailor ( 4:58 )

BONUS TRACKS

11: Restless Natives ( 4:06 ) B-Side of Look Away
12: Margo’s Theme ( 3:45 ) B-Side of Look Away
13: Highland Scenery ( 4:12 ) B-Side of Look Away
14: Home Came The Angels ( 2:09 ) B-Side of The Teacher
15: Song Of The South – 7” edit ( 3:49 ) B-Side of One Great Thing
16: Honky Tonk Woman – Live ( 3:54 ) B-Side of Hold The Heart
17: Hold The Heart – Instrumental ( 6:05 ) B-Side of Hold The Heart

DISC TWO – B-SIDES and 12” REMIXES

01: Restless Natives – Part One ( 16:45) B-Side of The Teacher
02: Restless Natives – Part Two ( 18:12 ) B-Side of The Teacher
03: I Will Run For You ( Restless Natives ) ( 4:25 ) Previously Unreleased
04: Look Away – 12” Remix ( 6:34 )
05: The Teacher – Mystery Mix ( 5:32 )
06: One Great Thing – Boston Mix ( 5:36)
07: Song Of The South – Full Version ( 5:05 )
08: Look Away – Outlaw Mix ( 6:56 )
09: One Great Thing – Big Baad Country Mix ( 6:17 )

PEACE IN OUR TIME

DISC ONE – The Original Album –Remastered

01: King of Emotion ( 4:56 )
02: Broken Heart ( Thirteen Valleys ) ( 5:15 )
03: Thousand Yard Stare ( 3:56)
04: From Here To Eternity ( 5:03 )
05: Everything I Need ( 4:44 )
06: Peace In Our Time ( 4:36)
07: Time For Leaving ( 5:06 )
08: River of Hope ( 4:36 )
09: In This Place ( 4:25 )
10: I Could Be Happy Here ( 4:36)

BONUS TRACKS

11: The Travellers ( 3:18 )
12: On The Shore ( 3:43 )
13: Soapy Souter Strikes Back ( 4:15 )
14: Peace In Our Time – Acoustic Version  ( 3:06 )
15: Broken Heart ( Thirteen Valleys ) – Acoustic Version ( 4:01 )
16: When A Drum Beats – The R.E.L. Demo Version ( 6.19)
17: Ages of Man – The R.E.L. Demo Version ( 4:30 )
18: Cuts Like A Spoon – The R.E.L. Demo Version ( 3:41 ) – Previously Unreleased

DISC TWO – The R.E.L. Demo Sessions

01: You Lose Your Dreams – Demo ( 5:25 )
02: In Your Homeland – Demo ( 3:35 )
03: Thousand Yard Stare – Demo ( 3:34 )
04: Over The Border – Demo ( 5:16 )
05: Everything I Need – Demo ( 5:17 )
06: The Longest Day – Demo ( 6:38 )
07: Mary – Demo ( 3:58 )
08: Time For Leaving – Demo ( 5:39 )
09: Starred and Crossed – Demo ( 4:25 )
10: Not Waving But Drowning – Demo ( 5:56 )
11: Promised Land – Demo ( 5:41 )
12: Peace In Our Time – Demo ( 6:01 )
13: Made In Heaven – Demo ( 6:24 )
14: I Could Be Happy Here – Demo ( 5:30 )
15: Christmas Island – Demo ( 6:46 )

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

DISC ONE – THE ORIGINAL ALBUM plus SINGLE A-SIDES & B-SIDES

01: We’re Not In Kansas ( 6:13 )
02: Republican Party Reptile ( 4:01 )
03: Dynamite Lady ( 5:32 )
04: Keep On Dreaming ( 4:04 )
05: Beautiful People ( 5:33 )
06: The Hostage Speaks ( 5:52 )
07: Beat The Devil ( 4:03 )
08: Leap of Faith ( 5:45 )
09: Ships ( 4:01 )
10: Into The Fire ( 6:00 )

BONUS TRACKS

11: Save Me – Radio edit ( 4:31 )
12: Pass Me By ( 4:02 )
13: Dead On Arrival ( 3:30 )
14: World On Fire ( 3:51 )
15: Heart Of The World ( 3:46 )
16: Black Skinned Blue Eyed Boys ( 3:23 )
17: Troubled Man ( 4:26 )

DISC TWO – B-SIDES & DEMOS

01: Comes A Time ( 3:55 )  B-Side of Republican Party Reptile
02: You, Me And The Truth ( 5:19 ) B-Side of Republican Party Reptile
03: Freedom Song ( 4:32 ) B-Side of Republican Party Reptile
04: Kiss The Girl Goodbye ( 5:13 ) B-Side of Republican Party Reptile
05: I’m Only Waiting ( 4:38 ) B-Side of Republican Party Reptile
06: Return Of The Two Headed King ( 4:29 ) B-Side of Beautiful People
07: Fly Like An Eagle ( 4:25 ) B-Side of Beautiful People
08: Soul On Fire – Demo ( 5:13 )
09: Gypsy Girl – Demo ( 3:56 ) Previously Unreleased
10: Freedom Song – Demo ( 4:02 ) Previously Unreleased
11: Keep On Dreaming – Demo ( 5:05 ) Previously Unreleased
12: We’re Not In Kansas – Demo ( 5:30 )
13: Leap of Faith – Demo ( 4:41 )
14: The Hostage Speaks – Demo ( 5:12 )
15: Beautiful People – Demo ( 5:34 )
16: Celtic Dreams – Demo ( 6:05 )

Former Alice Cooper Guitarist Dick Wagner Dies

Thursday, July 31, 2014 3:48am

The veteran guitarist passed away aged 71.

Alice Cooper’s former guitarist Dick Wagner has died.

He’d been ill for some time and died on July 30th after being admitted to hospital with respiratory failure. He also underwent a cardiac procedure two weeks prior.

The Michigan born musician first played with Alice Cooper on his 1972 album 'School’s Out' and also performed with Lou Reed and many others.

Wagner was still in touch with Alice, and shared the below photograph of the two together on his Facebook page just a few weeks ago.

A statement on his official website reads:

"It is with a heavy heart and great sorrow we have to let you know that Dick Wagner has left this world. Dick had a huge heart, which is perhaps why it gave him so much trouble, it was simply too full of love, of music and life. His creativity and passion will live on forever in the legacy he has left for us, in his music and his words. We have so much of him to celebrate. Dick was prolific not only in the tangible realm of what we can see and hear but in the boundless energy of his spirit, which will never die. He was a fighter, but in the end his body couldn’t keep up with his spirit, and so he lays to rest. Dick said in 2013, “Love is in the air. Breathe deep.” Take Dick’s advice into your own hearts, and notice all of the beauty in the world, even when it seems cruel and unfair.

Desert Dreams Records & the Family of Dick Wagner
"

Watch Blues Pills Busking In London

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:16am

Watch the band play 'No Hope Left For Me' in this Planet Rock exclusive.

Elin Larsson and Dorian Sorriaux of Blues Pills recently brought their bohemian charm to the streets of London, busking the song 'No Hope Left For Me'.

Hailing from Orebro, Sweden, the band released their self-titled album this week which you can order here.

You can watch the Planet Rock Exclusive video below!

Foo Fighters For Invictus Games Concert

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 11:04am

The rock giants will bring the Jaguar Land Rover Invictus Games to an end.

Foo Fighters have announced that they'll perform at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London on Sunday 14 September.

They band have been booked as headliners for the Jaguar Land Rover Invictus Games Closing Concert, marking the conclusion of the new international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women.
 
Launched by Prince Harry earlier this year, the event will use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country. The Invictus Games are being organised with the support and backing of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and the Ministry of Defence.
 
Set on the south lawn of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the 26,000 capacity space will utilise the famous back-drop of the Stadium and The ArcelorMittal Orbit. Featuring some of the world’s greatest acts, the Jaguar Land Rover Invictus Games Closing Concert will also include the medal presentations for the inspirational winning competitors. Starting at 5pm, the five-hour multi-artist event will have highlights broadcast by the BBC.
 
Royal Marine Luke Darlington, who suffered Penetrating Brain Injury with retained shrapnel and is hoping to be selected for the British Armed Forces team explains: “Everyone will have worked really hard to train and compete to represent the British Armed Forces team as best they can during these fantastic Invictus games. The Closing Concert will be a brilliant way of drawing the event to a close. It will allow everybody to look back and reflect on what has been achieved not only in the build-up but during the Games as well”.
 
Prince Harry said: "I am hugely grateful to all the artists and organisers for coming together in September to put on what will be a truly awesome concert. It will be a celebration of everything the competitors will have achieved over the four days of the Invictus Games, not to mention the efforts of the hundreds of other athletes we couldn't fit into the teams this year. And for those who didn't make it back from operations, this is also for you."
 
Foo Fighters also enthused in a statement: "Invictus games, look out...THE FOO FIGHTERS ARE COMING. What a perfect way to finally return to the UK for the first time in years...been waaaay too long! Thanks for having us, it is truly an honor to come play for these incredible men and women. Can't wait to do our thing for you..."
 
Tickets for the Jaguar Land Rover Invictus Games Closing Concert are priced from £49 and will be available from 9am on 1st August at planetrock.com/tickets!

Led Zeppelin Announce 'IV' and 'Houses Of The Holy' Reissues

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:44am

The remasters are set for an October release.

Led Zeppelin have announced that they'll continue their reissue campaign with 'IV' and 'Houses Of The Holy' this October.

The announcement follows the release of the deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III earlier this year.

Led Zeppelin IV (the third best-selling album in U.S. history) and Houses Of The Holy have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.
 
Both albums are set for an October 27th release via Atlantic/Swan Song in the following formats:

Single CD – Remastered album packaged in a gatefold card wallet.
Deluxe Edition (2CD) – Remastered album, plus a second disc of unreleased companion audio.
Single LP – Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl, packaged in a sleeve that replicates the LP’s first pressing in exacting detail.
Deluxe Edition Vinyl (2LP) – Remastered album and unreleased companion audio on 180-gram vinyl.
Digital Download – Remastered album and companion audio will both be available.
Super Deluxe Boxed Set – This collection includes:   
- Remastered album on CD in vinyl replica sleeve.
- Companion audio on CD in card wallet featuring new alternate cover art.
- Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating first pressing.
- Companion audio on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve with new alternate cover art.
- High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit.
- Hard bound, 80 page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
- High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.

 
The Led Zeppelin IV deluxe edition includes unreleased versions of every song heard on the original album including alternate mixes of “Misty Mountain Hop” and “Four Sticks,” mixes of “The Battle Of Evermore” and “Going To California” heavy with guitar and mandolin, and the fabled, alternate version “Stairway To Heaven,” mixed at the Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles.
 
The Houses Of The Holy reissue meanwhile will feature unreleased tracks on the companion audio disc ,including rough and working mixes for “The Ocean” and “Dancing Days” as well as the guitar mix backing track for “Over The Hills And Far Away” and a version of “The Rain Song” without piano.

You can see the full track listings below:

Led Zeppelin IV
Track Listing
1.    “Black Dog”
2.    “Rock And Roll”
3.    “The Battle of Evermore”
4.    “Stairway To Heaven”
5.    “Misty Mountain Hop”
6.    “Four Sticks”
7.    “Going To California”
8.    “When The Levee Breaks”
 
Companion Audio Disc
1.    “Black Dog” – Basic Track With Guitar Overdubs
2.    “Rock And Roll” – Alternate Mix
3.    “The Battle Of Evermore” – Mandolin/Guitar Mix From Headley Grange
4.    “Stairway To Heaven” – Sunset Sound Mix
5.    “Misty Mountain Hop” – Alternate Mix
6.    “Four Sticks” – Alternate Mix
7.    “Going To California” – Mandolin/Guitar Mix
8.    “When The Levee Breaks” – Alternate UK Mix

Houses of the Holy
Track Listing
1.    “The Song Remains The Same”
2.    “The Rain Song”
3.    “Over The Hills And Far Away”
4.    “The Crunge”
5.    “Dancing Days”
6.    “D’yer Mak’er”
7.    “No Quarter”
8.    “The Ocean”
 
Companion Audio Disc
1.    “The Song Remains The Same” – Guitar Overdub Reference Mix
2.    “The Rain Song” – Mix Minus Piano
3.    “Over The Hills And Far Away” – Guitar Mix Backing Track
4.    “The Crunge” – Rough Mix - Keys Up
5.    “Dancing Days” – Rough Mix With Vocal
6.    “No Quarter” – Rough Mix With JPJ Keyboard Overdubs - No Vocal
7.   “The Ocean” – Working Mix

The Answer To Play Planet Rockstock!

Monday, July 28, 2014 1:49am

They'll perform as special guests on Sunday 7th December.

County Down rockers The Answer have announced that they have joined the line-up for this year's Planet Rockstock.

The band will play on the main stage, directly before headliners Magnum on the Sunday night.

The announcement follows their recent intimate acoustic performance for Planet Rock Backstage members, which saw them play a stripped down set that included their World Cup Samba arrangement of 'Spectacular'.

The Answer will now bring their full live sound to Trecco Bay for the final day of the weekend's festivities.

Other recent additions to the line-up include Motorhead's Phil Campbell's All Starr Band, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Joe Elliott's Down 'N' Outz, as well as a full bill of emerging acts on the event's second stage.

Planet Rockstock 2014 takes places from 5th - 7th December at Park Dean Holiday Park, Trecco Bay, Wales.

Tickets with accommodation are on-sale now at planetrock.com/rockstock!

Rich Robinson Announces UK Dates

Friday, July 25, 2014 10:59am

See the Black Crowes man live this November!

Following the release of his third full-length studio album 'The Ceaseless Sight' in June, Rich Robinson is now set to return to the UK this November for a full regional tour presented by Planet Rock.

Robinson was co-founder of the seminal rock act The Black Crowes and has sold well over 30 million albums throughout a career that spans over 25 years.

Watch Rich Robinson - I Know You:

Rich Robinson will play the following UK dates this November:

Wed 12th  Islington Academy, London

Thurs 13th  Cardiff, Globe

Fri 14th  Academy, Manchester

Sat 15th  Cockpit, Leeds  

Mon 17th  Robin, Bilston

Tue 18th  O2 ABC2, Glasgow            

Wed 19th  Cluny, Newcastle

Thurs 20th  Live Rooms, Chester

Fri 21st  Concorde 2, Brighton    

Tickets are available in an exclusive Planet Rock Pre-sale from 9am Wednesday 30th July at planetrock.com/tickets!

Tickets then go on general sale at 9am Friday August 4th, after which there will also be a VIP package available, which includes:

  • One show ticket
  • Autographed tour poster  
  • Access to the soundcheck
  • An intimate 3 - 4 song acoustic set with Q&A session 
  • Meet & Greet with Photo Opp

Ozzy Osbourne Announces Greatest Hits Collection

Thursday, July 24, 2014 8:21am

Memoirs Of A Madman will be released in October.

Ozzy Osbourne has announced he'll release a greatest hits collection of singles from his solo career.

'Memoirs of a Madman' will be out on October 7th on single CD, double LP and double picture disc formats.

There'll also be a double DVD set featuring classic music videos and previously unreleased live performances and interviews.

The track listing is as follows:

CD/Vinyl:

01. Crazy Train
02. Mr. Crowley
03. Flying High Again
04. Over The Mountain
05. Bark At The Moon
06. The Ultimate Sin
07. Miracle Man
08. No More Tears (edit)
09. Mama, I'm Coming Home
10. Road To Nowhere
11. Perry Mason
12. I Just Want You
13. Gets Me Through
14. Dreamer
15. I Don't Wanna Stop
16. Life Won't Wait
17. Let Me Hear You Scream

DVD 1:

Music Videos

Bark At The Moon
So Tired
The Ultimate Sin
Lightning Strikes
Crazy Train
Miracle Man
Crazy Babies
Breaking All The Rules
No More Tears
Mama, I'm Coming Home
Mr. Tinkertrain
Time After Time
Road To Nowhere
I Don't Want To Change The World (Live)
Changes
Perry Mason
I Just Want You
See You On The Other Side
Back On Earth
Gets Me Through
Dreamer
In My Life
I Don't Wanna Stop
Let Me Hear You Scream
Life Won't Wait
Let It Die

Bonus

Mama, I'm Coming Home (alternate version)
The Making of Let Me Hear You Scream
The Making of Life Won't Wait

DVD 2:

Rochester, NY 1981

I Don't Know
Suicide Solution
Mr. Crowley
Crazy Train

Ozzy's Bunker

Albuquerque, NM 1982

Over The Mountain

MTV 1982 New York, NY 1982

Fairies Wear Boots (clip)

Ozzy's Bunker

Entertainment USA 1984 Kansas City, MO 1986 (Jake E Lee, Phil Soussan, Randy Castillo)

Bark At The Moon
Never Know Why

Ozzy's Bunker

Killer Of Giants
Thank God For The Bomb
Secret Loser

Ozzy's Bunker

Philadelphia, PA 1989 (Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler, Randy Castillo)

Bloodbath In Paradise
Tattooed Dancer
Miracle Man

MTV 1989 Marquee, UK 1991 (Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Randy Castillo)

Bark At The Moon (clip)

Studio 1992

San Diego, CA 1992 (Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Randy Castillo)

I Don't Want To Change The World
Road To Nowhere

Japan 1992

Ozzy's Bunker
No More Tears

Studio 1992

Desire

MTV 1992

Mama, I'm Coming Home

Studio 1992

"Ozzmosis" Recording Session 1995

Ozzfest 1996 (Joe Holmes, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin)

Perry Mason

Fame & Fortune

Tokyo, Japan 2001 (Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin)

Gets Me Through

Fame & Fortune

Ozzfest 2007 (Zakk Wylde, Blasko, Mike Bordin)

Not Going Away

"Black Rain" Photo Shoot

Las Vegas, NV 2007 (Zakk Wylde, Blasko, Mike Bordin, Adam Wakeman)

I Don't Wanna Stop

"Scream" Recording Session 2010

London, England 2010 (Gus G, Blasko, Tommy Clufetos, Adam Wakeman)

Let Me Hear You Scream

Bonus

Philadelphia, PA 1989 (Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler, Randy Castillo)

Flying High Again

Tokyo, Japan 2001 (Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin)

Believer

Joe Bonamassa Releases New Album Trailer

Thursday, July 24, 2014 7:02am

You can watch the trailer for Different Shades Of Blue here!

Joe Bonamassa has released a trailer for his forthcoming new studio album 'Different Shades Of Blue'.

The record, which is released on September 22nd, is Joe's first to feature all-original material. “It’s been a while since I’ve been involved in the writing on an entire album. So I decided I wanted to make a completely original blues album,” said Bonamassa. “I’ve really had to push myself to make everything I do better than the last project. I know the fans expect it. And I feel like I owe it to the fans to give them an original record after all these years.”

You can watch the trailer which gives a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the album below:

Joe Bonamassa also recently announced four dates in London for next year. Tickets are on-sale now at planetrock.com/tickets!

17/03/2015 London - Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith) BUY TICKETS
19/03/2015 London - Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith) BUY TICKETS
20/03/2015 London - Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith) BUY TICKETS
21/03/2015 London - Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith) BUY TICKETS

Phil Campbell's All Starr Band For Planet Rockstock

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 7:57am

The full second stage line-up has also been revealed.

Motörhead's Phil Campbell has announced that he'll perform at this year's Planet Rockstock, taking place in Trecco Bay, Wales in December.

Phil Campbell's All Starr Band, which features the guitarist's sons Dane (Straight Lines) and Tyler (The People The Poet) as well as his eldest son Todd, will perform on the main stage on the Friday night (5th December).

Also announced this week are the final batch of bands for the event's second stage line-up; Aaron Keylock, Electric River, Fireroad, Gun Metal Gray, Liberty Lies, Touchstone, Vega, Lawless and Serpentine all join previously announced Purson, Skam, Preachers Son, Dante Fox and The Amorettes.

Planet Rockstock takes place at Park Dean Holiday Park, Trecco Bay, Wales from the 5th-7th December 2014. Main stage acts confirmed so far include Sunday night headliners Magnum, as well as Saturday night special guests Joe Elliott's Down 'n' Outz.

Tickets with weekend accomodation are on-sale now at planetrock.com/rockstock!

Motörhead To Play Three UK Shows In November

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 5:38am

Lemmy & Co. will play Manchester, Birmingham and London.

The 'loudest band in Rock’n’Roll', Motörhead, have today announced that they will be returning to the UK for three nights in November. The run of shows will see them play at O2 Apollo Manchester on 4th November, Birmingham NIA on 6th November and will culminate in their largest headline show in over a decade as they return to London’s SSE Wembley Arena on 8th November.

Motörhead are also set to re-release their 2013 album 'Aftershock' as a 'Tour Edition' on August 4th. The expanded release contains a bonus disc of live material comprised from the band's 2014 West Coast Tour as well as their 'Lost Woman Blues' San Francisco gig.

Joining the band on the November dates will be The Damned and The BossHoss, with the former having previously joined Motörhead on their November 2009 tour.

The dates are as follows:

NOVEMBER 2014

TUESDAY 04 - 02 APOLLO MANCHESTER
THURSDAY 06 - BIRMINGHAM NIA
SATURDAY 08 - LONDON THE SSE ARENA, WEMBLEY

Tickets go on-sale 9am Friday (25 july) at planetrock.com/tickets!

Europe and Black Star Riders Announce 2015 UK Tour

Monday, July 21, 2014 7:45am

The tour will take in twelve cities over fourteen dates in March.

Europe have announced that they're to return to the UK next year alongside Black Star Riders.

The tour, presented by Planet Rock Live, will start with two nights in Glasgow and culminate in two nights at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. Both bands are to set to perform classic tracks as well as new music.

Joey Tempest of Europe said "This is going to be amazing – to be playing with Black Star Riders is going to make for THE tour of the spring – just can’t wait to get back on the road!"

Black Star Riders' Scott Gorham added "When the idea of touring with Europe was presented we jumped at the chance. This is going to be a great tour and I can’t think of a better way to kick off the new album’s touring schedule."

Both Europe and Black Star Riders are expected to release new albums in early Spring 2015.

Tickets are available in an exclusive 48-hour Planet Rock Pre-sale right now at planetrock.com/tickets!

You can see the full list of tour dates below.

Europe & Black Star Riders - Live And Loud In The UK - March 2015:

05/03/2015 Glasgow - O2 ABC BUY TICKETS
06/03/2015 Glasgow - O2 ABC BUY TICKETS
07/03/2015 Newcastle-Upon-Tyne - O2 Academy BUY TICKETS
08/03/2015 Leeds - O2 Academy BUY TICKETS
10/03/2015 Nottingham - Rock City BUY TICKETS
11/03/2015 Cambridge - Corn Exchange BUY TICKETS
13/03/2015 Manchester - Academy BUY TICKETS
14/03/2015 Wolverhampton - Civic Hall BUY TICKETS
15/03/2015 Exeter - Great Hall (Exeter Uni) BUY TICKETS
16/03/2015 Bristol - O2 Academy BUY TICKETS
18/03/2015 Bournemouth - O2 Academy BUY TICKETS
19/03/2015 Norwich - The Nick Rayns LCR BUY TICKETS
20/03/2015 London - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire BUY TICKETS
21/03/2015 London - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire BUY TICKETS

Listen: Scott Stapp On Meeting Joe Walsh

Friday, July 18, 2014 9:14am

Stapp says his sobriety has brought him closer to his musical heroes.

Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp told Planet Rock of the time he met Eagle Joe Walsh ten years ago and couldn’t remember the encounter because he was too drunk.

He said he is glad they had a chance to reconnect during a more sedate meeting. Listen to the clip below:

You can hear the full interview on My Planet Rocks on Sunday (20 July) at 7pm or Thursday (24 July) at 8pm!

Robin Trower Announces UK Tour

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 6:01am

The legendary guitarist will play seventeen dates in March and April.

Robin Trower has announced he'll play a run of UK shows in 2015 in support of a brand new album.

Trower found fame in the late 60s as a member of Procol Harum, before embarking on a solo career and working with the likes of Jack Bruce and Bryan Ferry. The as-yet-untitled new record follows his 2013 solo album 'Roots and Branches'.

You can see the list of tour dates below:

26/03/2015 Lincoln - Engine Shed BUY TICKETS
27/03/2015 Bury St Edmunds - The Apex BUY TICKETS
28/03/2015 Birmingham - Town Hall BUY TICKETS
29/03/2015 Salford - Lowry BUY TICKETS
02/04/2015 Chester - Live Rooms BUY TICKETS
03/04/2015 Gateshead - The Sage BUY TICKETS
04/04/2015 Glasgow - The Arches BUY TICKETS
05/04/2015 Aberdeen - The Lemon Tree BUY TICKETS
07/04/2015 Stockton-on-Tees - The Arc BUY TICKETS
08/04/2015 York - The York Barbican BUY TICKETS
09/04/2015 Sheffield - City Hall BUY TICKETS
10/04/2015 Holmfirth - Holmfirth Picturedrome BUY TICKETS
11/04/2015 London - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire BUY TICKETS
14/04/2015 Crawley - The Hawth BUY TICKETS
15/04/2015 Exeter - Corn Exchange BUY TICKETS
16/04/2015 Salisbury - City Hall BUY TICKETS
17/04/2015 Milton Keynes - The Stables BUY TICKETS

Tickets for all shows go on sale 9am Friday 18th July at planetrock.com/tickets!

Watch: Joe Bonamassa - Different Shades Of Blue

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:47am

See the video and the album track listing here!

Joe Bonamassa has released a video for the title track from his forthcoming new album 'Different Shades Of Blue'.

The album is set for release on September 22nd on various formats, including a limited edition CD with a 64-page hardcover digibook and 180 gram black vinyl. It will also be the first ever Bonamassa release to be available on vinyl picture disc.

The record will also be Joe's first to feature all original material.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been involved in the writing on an entire album. So I decided I wanted to make a completely original blues album,”  said Bonamassa. “I’ve really had to push myself to make everything I do better than the last project. I know the fans expect it. And I feel like I owe it to the fans to give them an original record after all these years.”

You can watch the video for 'Different Shades Of Blue' below:

The album track listing is as follows:

  1. Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)
  2. Oh Beautiful!
  3. Love Ain't A Love Song
  4. Living On The Moon
  5. Heartache Follows Wherever I Go
  6. Never Give All Your Heart
  7. I Gave Up Everything For You, 'Cept The Blues
  8. Different Shades Of Blue
  9. Get Back My Tomorrow
  10. Trouble Town
  11. So, What Would I Do

Joe Bonamassa also recently announced that he'll play the following four dates at London's Eventim Apollo next March:

17/03/2015 London - Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith) BUY TICKETS
19/03/2015 London - Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith) BUY TICKETS
20/03/2015 London - Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith) BUY TICKETS
21/03/2015 London - Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith) BUY TICKETS

Tickets for all dates are on-sale now at planetrock.com/tickets!
 

Joe Bonamassa - Different Shades Of Blue Picture Disc Artwork

Joe Bonamassa - Different Shades Of Blue: Picture Disc Artwork

Thunder's Ben Matthews To Undergo Cancer Treatment

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 9:25am

The chance of a positive outcome however is "in the high 90s".

Following the news that Thunder guitarist Ben Matthews would miss Calling Festival due to having his tonsils removed, it has now come to light that there was malignant "matter" attached to one of them which will require further treatment.

The band explained in a statement posted on their Facebook page:

"As you will remember Ben had his tonsils removed a while ago.
Unfortunately, the surgeon found some "extra" matter attached to one of them, and after some tests, it was subsequently found to be malignant.

In effect, he has cancer, and needs treatment, which will mean a course of both radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Whilst the treatment is not pleasant, we're told the percentage chances of a happy outcome are "in the high 90s".

We'll update you when we have some more news.
In the meantime please join us in wishing him well.

The Thin Concerned One"

Planet Rock would also like to wish Ben and all in the Thunder camp the very best!

Airboune Announce Three UK Dates

Monday, July 14, 2014 3:40am

The Aussie rockers will return in August.

Following a triumphant performance at this year's Sonisphere Festival, Airbourne have announced that they'll play three UK dates this August.

The club shows will serve as somewhat of a warm-up for the arena gigs they'll play in October supporting Black Stone Cherry.

You can see the dates below:

26/08/2014 Portsmouth - Wedgewood Rooms BUY TICKETS
27/08/2014 Brighton - Concorde 2 BUY TICKETS
28/08/2014 London - The Garage BUY TICKETS

Tickets for all shows are on sale now at planetrock.com/tickets!

You can watch our interview with Joel from Airbourne at Sonisphere Festival below:

Brian Johnson On New AC/DC Album: "We're Done"

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 11:33am

He confirmed the good news whilst collecting a doctorate.

AC/DC's Brian Johnson has revealed that the band have now completed work on their new album.

Sessions for the record recently took place in Vancouver, with Malcolm Young's nephew Stephen filling in for the absent guitarist.

Johnson confirmed that they have now finished recording whilst he was collecting an Honourary Doctorate of Music from Northumbria University in his hometown of Newcastle.

The frontman said: “It was brilliant over there. We’re done. I’m very excited and we’ve got some great songs.

“We miss Malcolm obviously. He’s a fighter. He’s in hospital but he’s a fighter. We’ve got our fingers crossed that he’ll get strong again.

“Stevie, Malcolm’s nephew, was magnificent, but when you’re recording with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn’t well, it’s difficult.

“But I’m sure he was rooting for us. He’s such a strong man. He’s a small guy but he’s very strong. He’s proud and he’s very private so we can’t say too much. But fingers crossed he’ll be back.”

Johnson also recently sparked rumours that the band would tour before the end of 2014.

Pink Floyd Confirm New Album Rumours

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 7:16am

The record will mainly consist of music from The Division Bell sessions.

Pink Floyd have confirmed that they'll release an album of new music later this year.

A statement from the band's camp says: "Pink Floyd can confirm that they are releasing a new album "The Endless River" in October 2014. It is an album of mainly ambient and instrumental music based on the 1993/4 Division Bell sessions which feature David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. The album is produced by David Gilmour with Phil Manzanera, Youth and recording engineer Andy Jackson.  Work is still in progress, but more details to come at the end of the Summer."

The confirmation follows rumours sparked when David Gilmour's wife Polly posted the below Tweet on Saturday:

Pink Floyd released a special anniversary edition of The Division Bell last month, and you can hear the original classic album in full on Planet Rock on Monday (14 July) at 11pm!

Joe Bonamassa Announces Four Nights At Eventim Apollo

Thursday, July 3, 2014 6:18am

The blues-rock icon hits Hammersmith next March.

Joe Bonamassa has announced four London dates for 2015.

Joe will play on March 17th, 19th, 20th and 21st at Hammersmith Eventim Apollo.

17/03/2015 London - Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith) BUY TICKETS
19/03/2015 London - Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith) BUY TICKETS
20/03/2015 London - Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith) BUY TICKETS
21/03/2015 London - Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith) BUY TICKETS

Bonamassa recently announced he'll also release a new studio albumDifferent Shades of Blue” on 22nd September 2014, which can be pre-ordered when purchasing tickets.

The 2015 Hammersmith concerts follow his critically acclaimed “London 2013” tour, which saw Bonamassa pay homage to his UK fans and unique relationship with England’s capital city.

Currently his only confirmed UK concerts, the 2015 Eventim Apollo dates will see Joe perform an entirely new show. Featuring songs from his new album “Different Shades of Blue” played live for the very first time in the UK, and a never-before-seen line-up of musicians, these shows are a guaranteed must-see for “Bona-holics” both new and old, and guitar aficionados everywhere.     

Joe and his band will also perform classics from his extensive back catalogue, including “Sloe Gin”, “Dust Bowl”, “The Ballad of John Henry”, and 2012’s critically acclaimed “Driving Towards The Daylight” (which reached #2 in the UK’s Official Album Chart). 

Tickets are on sale now at planetrock.com/tickets!

Watch: Robert Reed - Sanctuary Part 2 Excerpt

Friday, July 11, 2014 11:27am

See the clip, featuring a Rick Wakeman lookalike here.

Robert Reed has released a video to accompany an excert from part two of his forthcoming 'Sanctuary' album.

The record, co-produced by Tom Newman and mastered by Simon Heyworth who both famously worked on Tubular Bells, is set for release on on 11 August 2014.

Reed, who plays all of the instruments on the album, said: “I just had a blind confidence that I could play them all. I owned all the guitars, etc in my own studio but had to hire the larger percussion instruments, like timpani’s and tubular bells, so the lead percussionist of the Welsh National Orchestra turned up with a lorry full of the most expensive percussion.

"For two days he frowned as I made my way through playing these instruments, like a kid in a sweet shop. Whenever I struggled he continued to ask if I wanted him to play them. I replied that I couldn’t, as it would break the pledge of making the album by myself…. Everything is played by hand by myself, except for guest vocalists, Synergy Vocals.”

You can watch the clip below!

The Who Announce 50th Anniversary Tour

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 7:16am

Listen to Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend speaking about the tour here.

Planet Rock was at Ronnie Scott’s in London yesterday to watch The Who play a tiny acoustic gig, heralding the announcement of their 50th anniversary UK tour.

The band, who have sold 100 million albums, will play 9 arena dates, kicking off in Glasgow on the 30th of November.

Frontman Roger Daltrey said this tour is the start of the band’s long goodbye, but he’s keen to keep playing live while he can, as well as recording new music with the band this Summer.

You can listen to him speaking with Pete Townshend at the press conference below:

You can see the tour dates below:

30/11/2014 Glasgow - SECC BUY TICKETS
02/12/2014 Leeds - First Direct Arena BUY TICKETS
05/12/2014 Nottingham - Capital FM Arena BUY TICKETS
07/12/2014 Birmingham - National Indoor Arena BUY TICKETS
09/12/2014 Newcastle - Metro Radio Arena BUY TICKETS
11/12/2014 Liverpool - Echo Arena BUY TICKETS
13/12/2014 Manchester - Phones 4U Arena BUY TICKETS
15/12/2014 Cardiff - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena BUY TICKETS
17/12/2014 London - O2 Arena BUY TICKETS

Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday 9am (4 July) at planetrock.com/tickets.

Mick Jagger & Charlie Watts In Skit About Monty Python

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 6:15am

The stones frontman jokes about the comedians being 'wrinkly old men'.

Mick Jagger and Charlier Watts of The Rolling Stones poked fun at the stars of Monty Python (and indeed themselves) in a video skit shown at a press conference yesterday for Monty Python Live (mostly).

The video shows Jagger being told about the veteran comedians' comeback live shows by an assistant, to which he replies "Who wants to see that again? It was funny in the Sixties.”

He also goes on to describe Eric Idle, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam as "...wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money. I mean, the best one died years ago!”

You can watch the skit below:

At the press conference, launching the Pythons' run of live dates at London's O2, John Cleese said: "The opening number is quite energetic. We leap around and it sets the standard. I’m quite worn out after the first number. We’ve got Jagger as an example and we can still move fast around the stage."

Monty Python Live (mostly) starts tonight at The O2 Arena.

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