Dynamo Open Air Festival: 3 Stages, over 60 bands, 3 days non-stop music (live, DJ's)
fairground attractions, metal market, lifestyle events, in other words..... metalheaven
May 29-31 in Eindoven, Netherlands
Confirmed bands: Deftones, Fear Factory, Rammstein, Hammerfall, Primal Fear, Iced Earth, Enslaved, Fates Warning, Immortal, Pro-Pain, In Flames, Death, Saxon, Dimmu Borgir, H20, Fu Manchu, Dropkick Murphys, Junkie XL, Agnostic Front, Within Temptation, 25 Ta Life, Bewitched, Battery, Emperor, Hard Resistance, 7 Zuma 7, Form, Hatebreed, Spiritual Beggars, Maximum Penalty, Stratovarius
visit http://dynamo-open-air.com/ for more details
Fates Warning will be releasing "A Pleasant Shade of Gray" live video on March 10th. The live video will contain footage of the entire A Pleasant Shade of Gray album. Currently Fates Warning is looking into doing another tour of North America.
Jerry Cantrell's solo album, "Boggy Depot" is due out March 24 and will include appearances from Rex Brown, Les Claypool, Mike Inez, and Sean Kinney.
King Diamond's new album "Voodoo" will be released at February 24. He will be touring the U.S. this Spring. We will post the dates as soon as they are released. After he finishes up his solo project he will then start concentrating on putting together the next Mercyful Fate album, "Dead Again."
Phil Anselmo went to LA to do some writing & recording with the legendary Tony Iommi. Tony will release a solo record at some point in 1998.
Deftones: While playing in Berlin on their tour through Europe some people broke into their tour van and stole camera equipment and CD's. They also stole video tapes of performances and behind the scene footage that was home video material. They were planing to release a home video late this year. They had no other cloths left than the ones they had on and to top things off their tour van broke down. Despite this their still on the road and plan on them being in the US come summer time.
Helloween has released a 4 CD box set in Japan titled "Pumplin Box". The box will contain a 70 pages booklet and the songs will cover the years 1985 to 1993. The CDs will feature rare recordings, live recordings plus interviews with the members of the band. Also their new album "Better than raw" will have an undisclosed bonus truck and a sticker.
March 17 Helloween will release a new album in Japan, with a European release set to follow a couple of weeks later. The album will be entitled "Better Than Raw", and will include the following songs: Deliberately Limited Preliminary Prelude In Z, Push, Falling Higher, Hey Lord, Don't Spit On My Mind, Revelation, Time, I Can, A Handful Of Pain, Laudate Dominum, Back On The Ground and, Midnight Sun. One or two of these songs may be bonus tracks on the Japanese version only.
Cannibal Corpse: Rob Barrett's replacement on guitar is ex-Monstrosity and Nevermore shredder Pat O' Brien. The new Cannibal album will be called Gallery Of Suicide, and the official release date is April 21st 1998. Song titles for the new album are as follows: " I Will Kill You ", " Disposal of the Body", Sentenced to Burn", "Blood Drenched Execution", "Gallery of Suicide", "From Skin to Liquid", "Unite the Dead", Stabbed in the Throat", "Chambers of Blood", "Headless", "Every Bone Broken", "Centuries of Torment", and "Crushing the Despised."
King's X has just signed with Metal Blade and is currently writing new material for their debut album on Metal Blade to be released in the fall of 1998.
EXODUS is back at the studio with their original line up recording a new album.
IRON MAIDEN's forthcoming album, Virtual Insanity, is being issued in Japan featuring a 12 minute long live bonus CD.
Van Halen shot its first video for "Without You," the upcoming single from "Van Halen 3."
Also their will be a listening party at Hollywood's Billboard Live with Gary Cherone, on March 12. For those that can't be thier it will broadcast live in Real Audio on the official VH site from 7 to 9 p.m.. Pacific time. (www.van-halen.com)
Izzy Stradlin: 117deg., March 10
Van Halen: 3, March 17
Scott Weiland: 12 Bar Blues, March 17
Helloween: Better Than Law, March 17
Jerry Cantrell: Boggy Depot, March 24
Iron Maiden: Virtual XI, March 24
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant: TBA (new studio album), March 24
Ace Frehley: Reissue; Live Plus One, Second Sighting, and Trouble Walking, March 24
Jimi Hendrix: Reissue; Live at BBC, March 24