This July/August, Armored Saint will embark on a North American tour, commemorating their classic Symbol Of Salvation album. On this special run, the band will perform Symbol Of Salvation in its entirety, with select shows to be recorded for a live DVD.

Front-man John Bush comments, “Symbol Of Salvation, arguably Armored Saint’s most important record. These songs came out of us being dropped from Chrysalis Records and finding out about guitarist Dave Prichard developing Leukemia. The songs took on a much more emotional meaning than any other previous record. We wrote songs of desperation like Another Day and Last Train Home. Experimental tunes like Tainted Past and The Truth Always Hurts. Classic Saint rockers like Reign of Fire, Dropping Like Flies and the title track. After Dave passed, the band regrouped with Phil and Jeff returning as the guitar tandem. It was a family again. Dave Jerden produced the record and this marked the beginning of Joey becoming the producer of the band. It’s going to be a memorable tour. Songs like Burning Question and Spineless, we’ve never played live before. Come share it with us. Let’s make Dave proud.”

Labelmates Act Of Defiance will join Armored Saint on this trek. See below for all dates.

Armored Saint Symbol Of Salvation tour dates w/ Act Of Defiance:

July 10 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
July 11 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
July 13 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
July 14 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
July 15 – Montreal, QC – Petite Campus
July 17 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
July 18 – Cleveland, OH – The Cambridge at House of Blues
July 20 – Detroit, MI – Shelter
July 21 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
July 22 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall

Aug. 16 – Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
Aug. 17 – Anaheim, CA – Parish at House of Blues
Aug. 18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent

To further celebrate the legacy of this album, Metal Blade Records will re-issue Symbol Of Salvation on CD and LP on May 18th. The LP will feature a vinyl remastering from Patrick W. Engel as part of the “Metal Blade Originals” series. Special treatment and 400g heavy cardboard spine sleeves (inside out print), 60x60cm two-sided artwork posters and 250g inserts guaranteed! The CD will include 4 bonus tracks. See below for an overview of all versions and track-listings.

–CD (tour edition digipak w/ 4 bonus tracks)
–180g black vinyl
–dark red maroon marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
–clear red/purple/black/white splattered vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
–violet rosy brown marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–pastel pink lilac marbled vinyl (limited to 200 copies – USA exclusive)

CD track-listing:

1. Reign of Fire
2. Dropping Like Flies
3. Last Train Home
4. Tribal Dance
5. The Truth Always Hurts
6. Half Drawn Bridge
7. Another Day
8. Symbol of Salvation
9. Hanging Judge
10. Warzone
11. Burning Question
12. Tainted Past
13. Spineless
14. Medieval Nightmares (Demo)
15. Get Lost (Demo)
16. Toungue and Cheek (Demo)
17. Pirates (Demo)

Vinyl track-listing:

Side A:

1. Reign of Fire
2. Dropping Like Flies
3. Last Train Home
4. Tribal Dance
5. The Truth Always Hurts
6. Half Drawn Bridge
7. Another Day

Side B:

8. Symbol of Salvation
9. Hanging Judge
10. Warzone
11. Burning Question
12. Tainted Past
13. Spineless

Pre-order your copies now at Indie Merch EMP, or eBay – with an exclusive t-shirt.

After being dropped by Chrysalis Records in 1988, Armored Saint began writing for a new record and searched for a new label. During 1989, founding guitarist, songwriter Dave Prichard was diagnosed with Leukemia. In January 1990, Dave went into the hospital for a bone marrow transplant but succumbed to the treatment, passing away on Feb 28th, 1990. By this time, the band was writing as a 4-piece, with Dave being the sole guitarist; they had written 25 songs and demoed all of them.

Metal Blade Records CEO/founder Brian Slagel approached Armored Saint and offered a recording deal in late Spring of 1990. They regrouped with original guitarist Phil Sandoval and Jeff Duncan, who was hired as a touring guitarist during a 1989 tour with King Diamond. Recording of this new album – which would become Symbol Of Salvation – began in winter of 1990 with producer Dave Jerdan (Alice in Chains, Janes Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers), and it was engineered by Brain Carlstrom (Alice in Chains, The Offspring, Rob Zombie). During recording, the band used a guitar solo from a demo track played by Dave, and included it on the song “Tainted Past”.

Armored Saint went on to tour with the likes of The Scorpions, Suicidal Tendencies, Wrathchild America, Sepultura, and more, in support of Symbol Of Salvation. Now, in 2018, the band is bringing back these classic tracks to the live setting, for fans to enjoy once again, in honor of Dave’s memory.

Armored Saint online:

Official Website

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On February 10th, Judas Priest announced that guitarist Glenn Tipton would have to curtail his touring schedule, due to a ten year long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

In light of this announcement, former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing (who left the band, himself, seven years ago) posted the following message at his official website:

“The news that Glenn has finally been forced to come to terms with his unfortunate condition long term came with deep regret and sadness for me. Equally, this ending of our guitar duo era is also something that I have to come to terms with. The insatiable appetite that myself and Glenn had for creating inspired and unique music for the world to enjoy for many decades, is something that can never be erased. However, everyone who has witnessed the evolution of our beloved music must come to terms with the fact that things will inevitably change, or just simply end.

I have to state with great sadness also that I am shocked and stunned that I wasn’t approached to step into my original role as guitarist for Judas Priest. Whether I could have stepped back into the band or not, the potential for this situation arising never entered my head when I departed – although I too am officially and legally still a member of Judas Priest.

However, I know now more clearly than ever that I did the right thing by leaving the band when I did – as it seems that my time spent in the band, and my value in terms of crafting its huge legacy, was and is unappreciated by more than one member. I sincerely hope, for the fans’ sake, that the decision not to approach me was not a financial one.

I know Andy Sneap – and he is one of the greatest contributors to rock and metal that you will ever have the privilege to meet. To that end I have no doubt that his contribution to the new Judas Priest album was much more than just as a producer. All that’s left is for you the fans to go out and enjoy the band as it is, in order to complete a part of music history in which every one of you has played such an important role.”

In an interview with online music publication, Guitarhoo!, Downing spoke about his leaving the band stating, “There had been an on-going breakdown in working relationships between myself, elements of the band and management for some time.” Downing stated that there were at least “21 reasons” why he decided to quit but did not go into detail.

In a 2016 interview with BlastEcho, Downing elaborated on his decision to leave Judas Priest: “I had lots and lots of reasons for not continuing, as I wasn’t content with things as they were. I wasn’t happy with the band’s live performance. I thought it could have been better; not that the fans would notice. To me, [Judas Priest] was always a stealth machine and that’s what I liked about it. Even though you get older, you still need to be able to deliver the goods. People came a long way and paid a lot of money to see us, so you’ve got to make sure you still give 110 percent. I thought that should be inherent and what it should always be.”

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Metallica have announced details of a North American tour.

The band have been playing shows across Europe, with their live commitments set to continue in Denmark at the end of March.

After initially kicking off live dates in support of 10th album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct in North America in May 2017, they’ve now decided on a further 33 shows which will span the rest of 2018 and into 2019.

The shows will begin on September 2nd at Madison’s Kohl Center and wrap up in March 13th next year with a performance at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

Find a full list of the band’s upcoming WorldWired dates below.

Metallica WorldWired tour dates

Sep 2: Madison Kohl Center, WI
Sep 4: Minneapolis Target Center, MN
Sep 6: Lincoln Pinnacle Bank Arena, NE
Sep 8: Grand Forks Alerus Center, ND
Sep 11: Sioux Falls Denny Sanford Premier Center, SD
Sep 13: Winnipeg Bell MTS Place, MB
Sep 15: Saskatoon Sasktel Centre, SK

Oct 16: Milwaukee Wisconsin Entertainment And Sports Centre, WI
Oct 18: Pittsburgh PPG Paints Arena, PA
Oct 20: State College Bryce Jordan Center, PA
Oct 22: Charlotte Spectrum Center, NC
Oct 27: Buffalo Keybank Center, NY
Oct 29: Albany Times Union Center, NY

Nov 26: Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena, NV
Nov 28: boise Taco Bell Arena, ID
Nov 30: Salt Lake City Vivint Smart Home Arena, UT

Dec 05: Portland Moda Center, OR
Dec 07: Sacramento Golden 1 Center, CA
Dec 09: Fresno Save Mart Center, CA
Dec 12: Spokane Arena, WA

Jan 20: Little Rock Verizon Arena, AR
Jan 22: Birmingham Legacy Arena At The BJCC, AL
Jan 24: Nashville Bridgestone Arena, TN
Jan 28: Raleigh PNC Arena, NC
Jan 30: Cincinnati US Bank Arena, OH

Feb 1: Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena, OH
Feb 28: El Paso Don Haskins Center, TX

Mar 2: Lubbock United Supermarkets Arena, TX
Mar 4: Wichita Intrust Bank Arena, KS
Mar 6: Kansas City Sprint Center, MO
Mar 9: Louisville KFC Yum Center, KY
Mar 11: Indianapolis Bankers Life Fieldshouse, IN
Mar 13: Grand rapids Van Andel Arena, MI

additional source: Metal Hammer via

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On January 23rd, Slayer announced that it would wrap up its 37 years together with one last tour around the globe. Before the band begins that final sojourn on May 10th, Tom Araya, Kerry King, Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph sat down and talked about all things Slayer, watch episode one, below.

Part one of their North American final world tour will feature Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament and starts May 10. The confirmed dates are below.


10 Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA
11 FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA
13 Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA
16 PNE forum, Vancouver, BC
17 South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC
19 Big Four, Calgary, AL
20 Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB
22 Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB
24 The Armory, Minneapolis, MN
25 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
27 Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI
29 Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON
30 Place Bell, Montreal, PQ


1 Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
2 PNC Banks Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
4 Santander Arena, Reading, PA
6 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
7 Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH
9 KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
10 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
12 VUHL Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach, VA
14 PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
15 Orlando Amphitheatre, Orlando, FL
17 Smart Financial Center, Houston, TX
19 The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX
20 Austin 360 Amphitheatre, Austin, TX

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In October 2016, the classic lineup of Dokkden-Don Dokken (vocals), George Lynch (guitar), Jeff Pilson (bass) and Mick Brown (drums)-reunited to play the Loud Park festival in Japan. Fortunately for fans outside of Japan, cameras were there to capture the performance and now Frontiers Music Srl is set to issue Return To The East Live 2016 on April 20th. In addition to the Japanese performance, this set will feature footage from the classic lineup’s only U.S. show in September 2016 at Badlands in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Return To The East Live 2016 will be available in the following formats:

* CD/DVD* Blu-Ray
* Collector’s Box (CD/DVD + T-Shirt) [Comes with XL tee in the U.S., L tee in EU] * 2xLP Standard 180g Black Vinyl
* 2xLP Limited Edition 180g Green Vinyl (Exclusive to Frontiers’ U.S. Store – Limited to 150 worldwide)
* 2xLP Limited Edition 180g Red Vinyl (Exclusive to Frontiers’ EU Store – Limited to 150 worldwide)
* MP3 (audio only)

If the release wasn’t amazing enough, the package includes a brand-new studio track, It’s Just Another Day, and two acoustic re-workings of classic tracks.

Don Dokken says, “After 25 years, it was great to reunite with George and Jeff and Mick and do a couple shows for the fans. We hope you like this album and video. There’s a lot of great bonus footage of us having fun, so enjoy it.”

Pilson adds, “I’m so thrilled this piece of the Dokken story is hitting the streets. What a magical experience it has been and this CD/DVD captures a lot of that wonderful manic energy that has always made Dokken so vital! I remain extremely grateful to have been a part of such a vibrant voice in the world of heavy rock. Thanks to the fans and to George, Don and Mick for being the musicians, writers and friends that you are!”

Return To The East Live 2016 Track listing:


1. It’s Another Day (new studio track)
2. Kiss Of Death
3. The Hunter
4. Unchain The Night
5. When Heaven Comes Down
6. Breakin’ The Chains
7. Into The Fire
8. Dream Warriors
9. Tooth And Nail
10. Alone Again (intro)
11. Alone Again
12. It’s Not Love
13. In My Dreams
14. Heaven Sent (acoustic studio bonus track)
15. Will The Sun Rise (acoustic studio bonus track)


1. Tooth And Nail
2. Unchain The Night
3. When Heaven Comes Down
4. Breakin’ The Chains
5. Into The Fire
6. Alone Again
7. It’s Not Love
8. Paris Is Burning
9. Kiss Of Death
10. The Hunter
11. Dream Warriors
12. In My Dreams
13. Behind The Scenes

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Exploding onto the music scene just last year with all U.S. headline dates sold out in advance, its debut single, Highway Tune, a number one rock radio track in both the U.S. and Canada, and its upcoming inaugural European tour completely sold out, Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Greta Van Fleet continues its red-hot streak with the announcement of additional headline dates on its 2018 North American tour, which will include the band’s Canadian concert debut. Tickets go on sale this Friday, 2/23 at 10AM local time; log onto for all ticket purchasing information.

All previously announced 2018 U.S. dates have sold out, including the band’s two L.A. shows at the John Anson Ford Theatre that went clean in under an hour. The band’s confirmed itinerary is below.


20 Doomroosje, Nijmegen, The Netherlands SOLD OUT
21 Melkweg (Qudo Zaal), Amsterdam, Netherlands SOLD OUT
22 Artheatre, Cologne, Germany SOLD OUT
24 Molotow, Hamburg, Germany SOLD OUT
25 PrivatClub, Berlin, Germany SOLD OUT
27 AB Club, Brussels, Belgium SOLD OUT
28 Les Etolles, Paris, France SOLD OUT
30 Deaf Institute, Manchester, England SOLD OUT
31 02 Institute3, Birmingham, England SOLD OUT


1 St. Lukes, Glasgow, Scotland SOLD OUT
4 02 Academy Islington, London, England SOLD OUT
5 02 Academy Islington, London, England SOLD OUT
13 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, CA
16 John Anson Ford Theatre, Hollywood, CA* SOLD OUT
17 John Anson Ford Theatre, Hollywood, CA* SOLD OUT
20 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, CA
29 Welcome to Rockville Festival, Jacksonville, FL


1 House of Blues Houston, Houston, TX* SOLD OUT
2 House of Blues Dallas, Dallas, TX* SOLD OUT
3 Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre, Austin, TX* SOLD OUT
5 Shaky Knees Music Festival, Atlanta, GA
6 Carolina Rebellion, Concord, NC
9 Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD* SOLD OUT
11 Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ* SOLD OUT
12 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA* SOLD OUT
14 Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN* SOLD OUT
16 Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN* SOLD OUT
18 Rock On The Range Festival, Columbus OH
20 Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores, AL
22 The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI* SOLD OUT
23 The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI* SOLD OUT
25 The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI* SOLD OUT


8 REBEL, Toronto, ON Canada* NEW DATE
10 Bluesfest, Ottawa, ON Canada
18 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA* NEW DATE
20 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.* NEW DATE
23 House of Blues Boston, Boston, MA* NEW DATE
27 Floydfest, Floyd, VA
29 Panorama Music and Arts Festival, Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY
31 Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH* NEW DATE


1 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO * NEW DATE

* headline show

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