saxon2011 Saxon have announced a North American tour which will run from September 12th until October 10th and will feature support from Fozzy.

The group is touring in support of its critically acclaimed new album, Sacrifice, but promises to play all of the fan favorites from its 30-plus-year catalog, including tracks like Denim & Leather”, Wheels Of Steel, Ride Like The Wind, Motorcycle Man and Heavy Metal Thunder, all of which have cemented the band’s legendary status. All videos have over 8 million collective clicks on YouTube and the band has sold over 12 million albums.

North American Saxon fans will also have the option for a rare opportunity to meet-and-greet with the band, a limited number of VIP packages are available at

Comments Saxon’s Biff Byford: “We’re really glad to anounce a new tour of North America and Canada with the Sacrifice world tour! The album has done fantastic around the world! We can’t wait hit your shores with the Saxon invasion with very special guest Fozzy. It should be a fantastic tour for all metalheads. We have been friends with Chris Jericho for years, so there has never been a better time to hook up with Fozzy for a tour that will take us from the East Coast to the West Coast and finally winding up in the Great White North.”

Adds Fozzy’s Chris Jericho: “After our highly successful U.S. tour last summer on Uproar, we’ve been chomping at the bit for the right opportunity to return to North America… and now it has arrived! To tour with the legendary Saxon is a metal dream come true and the perfect way to satisfy all of our AMAZING fans in the U.S. and Canada and to make tons of new ones in the process. Get ready for Sacrifice And Sin…we’re gonna tear your heads off and leave you screaming Fozzy, Fozzy, Fozzy!!”

Opening support on the tour will be Halcyon Way.

Saxon/Fozzy tour dates:

Sep. 12 – Patchogue, NY @ The Emporium
Sep. 13 – New York, NY @ BB King Blues Club & Grill
Sep. 14 – Montreal, QUE @ Corona Theater
Sep. 15 – Toronto, ONT @ The Phoenix
Sep. 17 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
Sep. 18 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
Sep. 19 – Dayton, OH @ McGuffy’s
Sep. 20 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
Sep. 21 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
Sep. 22 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Sep. 26 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
Sep. 27 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
Sep. 28 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
Oct. 1 – Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
Oct. 2 – Long Beach, CA @ Gaslamp
Oct. 3 – Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
Oct. 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Blues
Oct. 5 – Corona, CA @ M15
Oct. 6 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Oct. 8 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Oct. 9 – Portland, OR @ Mt Tabor
Oct. 10 – Vancouver, BC @ The Venue


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blacksabb2013 Black Sabbath is heading for its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, reports Keith Caulfield of Billboard.

Industry sources suggest the group’s new 13,released on Tuesday (June 11th), may sell over 120,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, June 16th.

Black Sabbath’s 13 is the band’s first studio album with singer Ozzy Osbourne since 1978’s Never Say Die!. The band has just one top 10 album thus far, 1971’s Master of Reality, which reached number eight.















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pauldianno According to, in a recent interview, former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di’Anno compared bassist Steve Harris to Adolf Hitler, said he wrote “20-times better songs” than Harris’ and claimed Maiden is all about “money, money, money, money – nobody else counts.”

Di’Anno’s comments came during a press conference in Argentina last month. The singer was in the middle of a solo tour of the South American country.

A member of the audience questioned Di’Anno about his rumored drug use and asked whether it contributed to his departure from Maiden.

Di’Anno raged, “Where the fuck do you people get this from? I left Iron Maiden because they were going too heavy metal, and Iron Maiden is a money-making machine, and I don’t give a fuck about it. It was not about drugs; it was nothing like that.

Me and Steve [Harris]… I [wrote] the song Killers, Steve had [what he thought] were better songs. I thought his songs were shit. Nothing to do with drugs; nothing whatsoever. Check your facts or otherwise this interview is over… I hate that! I fucking hate that!

Because people… You say something but you don’t know. Well, I’m telling you. Iron Maiden is Steve Harris’ band. It doesn’t matter about anybody else – whether it’s Dave Murray, Clive [Burr], me… it’s Steve Harris’ band and all it is is money, money, money, money – nobody else counts.

And I wrote fuckin’ 20-times better songs than his, but I only got one song on the Killers album because it’s Steve’s – he must have this. Fuckin’ Adolf Hitler. I’m not interested. So there you go.

But you need to take drugs when you’re with Iron Maiden because they’re so fucking boring. And the only drugs were aspirin, because Steve [making hand gesture as if someone is speaking into his ear]… Fuckin’ headache.”

Watch video from the press conference below.

[Ed’s note: The above opinions do not reflect nor represent those of Eddie Trunk or]


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StevenTylerJoePerry400 Billy Heller of the New York Post reports:

Filmmaker Mel Brooks is hardly known as a lyricist. But Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are more than happy to give him props for an assist on one of their best-known songs. As the rockers get ready for their induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 13th at the Marriott Marquis, they and the other tunesmiths being honored shared the secrets behind their hits. Here’s what they told us:

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Walk This Way:

It began, says Perry, at a soundcheck in Hawaii where he came up with the initial guitar riff. Cut to New York a while later. Tyler had been working on lyrics for the Toys in the Attic album, and brought some along when he headed for a session at the Record Plant on West 44th Street.

“I left them in the cab,” says Tyler. “I was devastated.” He went upstairs to let his bandmates know, then walked down to an empty floor to rewrite them.

I had a pencil, but I left paper upstairs,” Tyler says. “I had a cassette of what I’d put together as an arrangement. So I started singing along best I could and I sat on the steps and wrote the lyrics on the wall.”

Meanwhile, Perry says, “Some of us took a break and went out to the movies to see [Mel Brooks’] Young Frankenstein. When we got back to the studio, we were throwing lines from the movie back and forth.”

“They came back and they were going ‘Walk this way,’” recalls Tyler, referencing a line Marty Feldman says to Gene Wilder in the film. “And it was just the perfect thing.”

Dude Looks Like a Lady:

“This song started from a sampler that we’d bought. We were all farting in it, burping,” says Tyler. Perry was also playing his guitar into it, and came up what they would use as an intro. Then, says Tyler, “I had most of the lyrics written, but I didn’t know how to f-kin’ start the song. The original lyric was ‘cruising for the ladies,’ ’cause it fit.

I had gone out one night with the guys in Mötley Crüe, and Nikki Sixx and all of ’em were all going: ‘Dude, man, dude, I love your music,’ and “Dude, Steven, f - - king Aerosmith. What the f- - k , dude. Dude.

And I just f - - king lost my sh-t about it, so instead of ‘Cruising’ it was ‘Dude.’ Tyler then made to leap to “Dude looks like a lady,” and, he says, “I just looked at Joe and I remember saying, ‘Can I f - - king sing that?’ And he said, ‘Why not; you’ve sung everything else,’ you know. And the rest is history.”


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Metallica2010pic2400pix Metallica stunned fans at the first day of their Orion Music + More Festival by appearing on the second-smallest stage to perform debut album Kill ‘Em All in full. Watch fan filmed footage of the entire show below.

The official schedule had listed a band called Dehaan to play at 4.30pm on the first day of the festival in Belle Isle, Detroit, Michigan, but Metallica shocked their fans by playing instead.

Read more about the surprise show here.

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blacksabb2013 Black Sabbath have released an official video for the song God Is Dead? from their new album 13 which will be released on June 11th. View the video below.

13 marks the first Black Sabbath studio album to feature Ozzy Osbourne on vocals in 35 years.

Black Sabbath North American Tour Dates:

Jul 25th Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Jul 27th Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
Jul 29th Tampa, FL Live Nation Amphitheatre
Jul 31st W. Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre

Aug 2nd Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Aug 4th Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 6th Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug 8th Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug 10th Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Aug 12th Boston, MA Comcast Center
Aug 14th Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Aug 16th Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug 18th Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
Aug 22nd Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Aug 24th Seattle, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
Aug 26th San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
Aug 28th Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug 30th Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center

Sep 1st Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sep 3rd Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Sports Arena

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