KIDNAPPING SUSPECT ARRESTED AT IRON MAIDEN SHOW IN TEXAS

The New York Post reports:

Deputies in Texas arrested a kidnapping suspect in the middle of an Iron Maiden concert.

Derrick Roseland, who was sought on aggravated kidnapping charges in Austin, was arrested at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on Saturday by deputies from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office after one of his fellow concert-goers posted about the show.

“It was suspected Roseland would be at a concert here in Bexar County after a friend of Roseland’s posted a picture of concert tickets on social media,” the department said in a Facebook post late Sunday.

Detectives from the Austin Police Department spotted the original post for Iron Maiden’s The Book of Souls tour — which included an exact seat location for Saturday’s show – and coordinated with the sheriff’s office to let them know that Roseland was expected to be at the concert.

Deputies later went to the seats that were cited on Facebook and arrested Roseland without incident, according to the sheriff’s office.

Details regarding Roseland’s charges of aggravated kidnapping are unclear. A message seeking comment from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office was not immediately returned to the New York Post.

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EUROPE TO RELEASE “THE FINAL COUNTDOWN 30TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW-LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE” ON JULY 21ST

On July 21st, Swedish hard rock veterans Europe will share their unique 30th-anniversary performance of The Final Countdown from London’s legendary Roundhouse.

The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show-Live At The Roundhouse celebrates the multi-platinum album’s triple-decade success. The band played the album in its sequential entirety at a series of selected cities in 2016, with London’s most historically venerated venue playing host to an exceptionally special night on November 12th, 2016, which was captured by Patric Ullaeus from rEvolver Film Company AB.

Preceding the landmark event, fans were also treated to a live performance of Europe’s latest album, War Of Kings, a release which re-established Europe as one of the top classic rock bands in the world.

Singer Joey Tempest said in a statement, “What an awesome night! It was more enjoyable than we thought to revisit the whole Final Countdown album live. On top of that, to be able to share our whole War Of Kings album with this amazing audience the same night just made this show one of the most memorable nights of our career.”

The limited-edition release will arrive in the following formats and available to pre-order very soon:

* DVD/2CD – full concert on all discs (1 visual, 2 audio) packaged in an 8-panel CD-sized digipack, including a 24-page booklet
* Blu-ray/2CD – full concert on all discs (1 visual, 2 audio) packaged in an 8-panel CD-sized digipack, including a 24-page booklet
* A digital audio-only release
* A 12-inch-sized boxset, limited to 1,000 units, will also be available in September. It will contain the Blu-ray/2CD configuration, a double gatefold vinyl with only “The Final Countdown” portion of the concert, a 40-page 12-inch-sized hardcover photo book, a vintage replica scarf and a laminate/guest pass.

The band recently finished recording its new album for an October release.

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JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE TO CELEBRATE THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF “ONCE BITTEN” WITH AN ACOUSTIC ALBUM AND TOUR

Jack Russell’s Great White will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Great White’s hit album Once Bitten with a tour and new acoustic album, Once Acoustically Bitten. The acoustic album will be released on July 14th and the band will begin their U.S. tour on July 6th. They will stay on the road through summer and into fall playing songs off their new acoustic release, the multi-platinum Once Bitten album and, on some shows, the entire album from start to finish.

Before the tour kicks off, the band will be previewing material from the upcoming release on June 29th — the original release date for Once Bitten — at Guitar Center in Los Angeles. Fans will be able to watch the entire performance on Facebook Live at 7 p.m. PST on the band’s Facebook page. A week later they begin the tour in Kansas and will hit cities across the U.S. including Fort Collins, Pasadena, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and more.

“The Once Bitten album for me was the album that finally put us in the musical space that I felt the band should be in,” says lead singer Jack Russell. He goes on: “We had been searching prior to that… our first album was kind of similar to Judas Priest and our second album was very keyboard heavy. The Once Bitten album hit and we all just knew this was our area, this was where we should be.

“This new acoustic record is an homage to thirty years of making music and thirty years since our first, big platinum album. Three decades later and we’re still able to go out there and sing and play for our fans. It’s a blessing.”

Tour dates:

Jul. 6 – Salina, KS – Concert in the Park
Jul. 7 – Ft. Collins, CO – Bobstock
Jul. 8 – Columbus, NE – Platte County Ad Society
Jul. 12 – Cadott, WI – Chippewa Valley Fairgrounds
Jul. 14 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
Jul. 15 – Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke
Jul. 21 – Lima, OH – Allen County Faigrounds
Jul. 28 – Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Med Amp

Aug. 4 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
Aug. 5 – St. Germain, WI – Community Park
Aug. 11 – Three Forks, MT – Rockin in the Rivers
Aug. 12 – Draper, UT – Leatherlands
Aug. 13 – Jerome, ID – Jerome County Fair
Aug. 18 – Terre Haut, ID – The Bird
Aug. 24 – Addison, IL – Rock N Wheels
Aug. 25 – Agoura Hills, CA – Canyon Club
Aug. 26 – Pasadena, CA – The Rose

Sep. 1 – Scottsdale, AZ – BLK Live
Sep. 9 – Savnna, IL – Poopy’s
Sep. 15 – Roland, OK – Cherokee Casino
Sep. 22 – Largo, FL – Central Park PAC

Oct. 14 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino
Oct. 27 – Pekin, IL – Avantie Dome

Nov. 5 – Pembroke Pines, FL – Rockfest 80s

Dec. 29 – West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go

Jack Russell’s Great White’s debut album, He Saw it Comin’, was released on January 27th through Frontiers Music Srl. The CD features Jack Russell alongside former Great White bassist-turned-guitarist Tony Montana (as a guitar player and keyboardist), Dan McNay (Montrose) on bass, Robby Lochner (Fight) on guitar and Dicki Fliszar (Bruce Dickinson) on drums.

Listen to audio of the song, Love Don’t Live Here, from, He Saw it Comin’, here.

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DRUMMER VINNY APPICE SAYS THAT RONNIE JAMES DIO WOULD HAVE BEEN “PISSED” OFF AT GENE SIMMONS’ ATTEMPT TO TRADEMARK “DEVIL’S HORN” HAND GESTURE

Drummer Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Dio) tells the, Ouch You’re On My Hair podcast, that if Ronnie James Dio were still alive, he would be “pissed off” at Gene Simmons’ attempt to trademark the “devil’s horns” hand gesture.

Appice said, “Ronnie’s hand gesture thing is an old Italian thing; it’s called the maloik. And his grandmother showed him that and used to do that, and so did the elders in my family too. And that’s to put… one way’s to put horns on people, and the other way is to wish ’em good luck. So Gene couldn’t have invented it, because it’s an old Italian thing. And if Ronnie was alive, man, he’d be pissed off. Oh, yeah!”

Did, himself, reportedly took issue with Simmons, once stating, “Gene Simmons will tell you that he invented it. But then again, Gene invented breathing and shoes and everything else.”

Without disclosing the motivating factor, Simmons recently withdrew his trademark application.

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BMG TO PUBLISH NEW BOOK, “FOR THE SAKE OF HEAVINESS: THE HISTORY OF METAL BLADE RECORDS” AVAILABLE AUGUST 29TH

Metal Blade Records and BMG are proud to announce the upcoming release of For the Sake of Heaviness: the History of Metal Blade Records on August 29th. Written by label founder and CEO Brian Slagel with Mark Eglinton, the book features a foreword by Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and celebrates the storied label’s 35th anniversary.

Slag comments, “I have been asked many times about doing a book about the history of Metal Blade and it just seemed like a cool thing to do to document the 35th anniversary. You never really stop to think about a lot of this stuff, so doing the book is a great way of looking back at how many awesome things have happened to me and Metal Blade. We have had a long relationship with BMG and with their new move in book publishing, it all seemed like perfect timing. Being able to work with their team really made the final decision to actually do the book. I am really happy with the way it came out and I hope everyone out there enjoys it as well!”

For the Sake of Heaviness is an inside look at how Slagel built Metal Blade from a one-man operation in his mom’s non-air-conditioned garage to the preeminent international home of heavy music that it is today. The book recounts the early beginning of a metal-obsessed Southern California kid who launched a fanzine and landed a record store job, before cobbling together what he assumed would be a one-off compilation of fledgling bands from the L.A. scene. Released in 1982, the Metal Massacre LP included the debut recordings of local groups such as Steeler, Malice, Ratt, and Metallica.

For the Sake of Heaviness pulls back the curtain to reveal the definitive look at how Metal Blade began, what they’ve accomplished, and where they’re going. Slagel reveals the early advice he gave that helped guide Motley Crue’s career; how he helped Metallica replace their bassist – twice; his detailed work on Thin Lizzy and Alice Cooper re-issues; his behind-the-scenes role in the careers of Slayer, GWAR, Mother Love Bone, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Goo Goo Dolls, and Lamb of God; and his unlikely ventures with kindred metal heads – from hockey star Ken Baumgartner, to celebrity chef Chris Santos, to The Howard Stern Show’s Richard Christy, to comedians Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson and Jim Breuer.

Stay tuned for more details, and pre-order options, coming soon.

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THE METAL GOD LISTS HIS TOP TEN FAVORITE HEAVY METAL ALBUMS, SEE WHO MADE THE LIST

Iconic singer, and Judas Priest frontman, Rob Halford, shared his ten favorite Metal albums with Rolling Stone, view his list, below.

10. Moorhead, Ace of Spades (1980):

“This is a hardcore roar of wild bombastic f–k you.”

9. Slipknot, Slipknot (1999):

“When this came out, it was nu-metal pent-up rage searing a whole new era.”

8. Emperor, Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk (1997):

“I love this because it’s sonic blasphemy from the dark side.”

7. Dio, Holy Diver (1983):

“This album has classic grooves, vibes and melodies supporting the king.”

6. Pantera, Cowboys From Hell (1990):

“The ‘Texas massacre’ started with this one.”

5. Slayer, Reign in Blood (1986):

“It’s full-frontal assault riffage and in-your-face lyrics.”

4. Iron Maiden, Iron Maiden (1980):

“This felt like fresh U.K. blood from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and it was top of the heap.”

3. Korn, Korn (1994):

“On their debut, Korn brought a new definition of metal that was a game changer.”

2. Metallica, Kill ‘Em All (1983):

“This was full-on thrash energy that led the USA charge.”

1. Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath (1970):

“This is the blueprint that epitomizes everything metal.”

source: rollingstone.com

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