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Below is our complete Masterplan news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Jorn's "Dio" Tribute Album Revealed

Jorn Lande (Masterplan) has offered his talents to honour the musical legacy of Ronnie James Dio, with his new album aptly entitled “Dio,” to be released on Frontiers Records on July 2nd in Europe and July 27th in the U.S.

Handpicking some lesser known tunes of the Dio era, along with some of the true classics, Jorn offers a fine collection of songs that present the music of the Man and the Artist, with a unique twist. In Jorn Lande’s own words: “Throughout the years I have had the privilege of both meeting and working with many of the musicians that have inspired me on my musical journey. Ronnie James Dio has inspired me through decades, and this man's influence continues to add colour to my creative spirit. Ever since the first time I heard his royal roar back in the 70's, I have been fascinated by this extremely talented man's creative force and dedication to music. His career has been going on for so long and includes so many great songs, that it was a challenge to decide which songs and what era to focus on. I ended up focusing on the DIO era.”

The album also includes an original song for which a videoclip, shot by Thomas Tjader (Pretty Maids, In Flames) was produced. Jorn says: “I wrote 'Song for Ronnie James' as a tribute and a personal thanks to the man who has been my mentor for more than 35 years. This great man has affected my life and career in such a way that without his presence, I would not have become the artist I am today.”

The “Song for Ronnie James” music video can be watched below.

“Dio” was mixed by Tommy Hansen, Jailhouse Studios, and the final tracklisting includes the following tracks:

Song For Ronnie James
Invisible
Shame on the Night
Push
Stand Up And Shout
Don't Talk to Strangers
Lord Of The Last Day
Night People
Sacred Heart
Sunset Superman
Lonely Is The Word / Letters From Earth (2010 version)
Kill The King*
Straight Through The Heart (live)

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Masterplan Announces New Single

MASTERPLAN has unveiled their new single, "Far From The End Of The World," which will be released on April 16th. The single comes off of their new album, "Time To Be King," which will be released on May 21st.

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Jorn Lande Rejoins Masterplan

German metal band, MASTERPLAN, has issued the following update:

"JORN LANDE will once again join forces with his old bandmates, and work on what is expected to be yet another MASTERPLAN Masterpiece."

"The new album is already in the works and JORN is right now in Roland Grapow Studios in Slovakia recording his vocals. The release date is not yet decided, but the album is scheduled to hit the market sometime in early 2010."

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Masterplan Parts Ways With Vocalist

The German metal band Masterplan has parted ways with vocalist Mike DiMeo. Mike issued the following year-end recap message that also includes his confirmation of leaving the band:

"Hey Guys, I just wanted to take a minute to say thanks to everyone that writes me here and give a quick update…. 2008 was a great year with a lot of cool shows around the states with Tommy James and another great tour with Bonnie Tyler around North America. I had the chance to work with a lot of amazing musicians… The Groove Kings were joined by John Scofield at one of our live gigs one night!! That was cool…I did some really cool session work and have a bunch of releases slated for 2009 of which I am really looking forward to… One of them is with Australian band “Ilium” and I am really happy with how it turned out… I also do want to confirm that I am no longer working with the Masterplan guys…..although I have nothing but profound respect for them and continue to wish them nothing but success in the future… More...

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Helloween Bassist To Do Hard Rock Album

Frontiers Records will release the debut album from Markus Grosskopf's (HELLOWEEN) BASSINVADERS, entitled "Hellbassbeaters", on January 25, 2008.

BASSINVADERS was a creation of Markus' while sitting in a bar and enjoying a few drinks. It was there that he got inspired to produce a heavy rock record without any guitars at all. He presented this concept in early 2007 to Frontiers Records, which was intrigued by the idea and gave it a go.

According to a press release, "Hellbassbeaters" contains all the basic elements of a heavy rock record "and so much more. You got the strong vocals, rhythmic bass, intoxicating drums and even bass and twin bass solo parts. What you hear is what you get: 100% genuine heavy rock record with absolutely no discordant guitar note on it at all." To guarantee a great variety of different influences, Markus invited some well-known singing bass players from the German metal scene to join the band, including DESTRUCTION's Schmier, SODOM's frontman Tom Angelripper and RAGE's Peavy. He also managed to get a few of his bass heroes to lay down solos on some of the tracks, including Billy Sheehan, Rudy Sarzo and DD Verni.

Guest musicians include:

Bass:

Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH)
Rudy Sarzo (DIO, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT)
Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, TED NUGENT)
DD Verni (OVERKILL)
Wyzard (MOTHER'S FINEST)
Dirk Schlächter (GAMMA RAY)
Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX)
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D)
Nibbs (SAXON)
Tobias Exxel (EDGUY)
Jens Becker (GRAVE DIGGER, RUNNING WILD)
Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69)
Peter Baltes (ACCEPT)
Jan S. Eckert (MASTERPLAN)
Michael Müller (JADED HEART)

Vocals:

Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND, TIME REQUIEM, EVIL MASQUERADE, MAJESTIC)
Jesper Binzer (D-A-D)

Drums:

André Hilgers (RAGE, AXXIS, SILENT FORCE)
Stefan Arnold (GRAVE DIGGER)

01. Awakening the Bass Machine
02. We Live
03. Armageddon
04. Romance In Black
05. Godless Gods
06. Empty Memories (Breaking Free)
07. Boiling Blood
08. Far Too Late
09. The Asshole Song
10. Dead From the Eyes Down
11. Razorblade Romance
12. Voices
13. Eagles Fly Free (HELLOWEEN cover)
14. To Hell And Back (bonus track for Europe)

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Mob Rules Announce Tour Dates For 2007

MOB RULES have announced tour dates in support of their latest album, Ethnolution A.D., set for February and March 2007. Their schedule is as follows:

February
10 - Oldenburg, Germany at Amadeus
23 - Bremen, Germany at Aladin (festival with MASTERPLAN)
26 - Hamburg, Germany at Headbangers Ballroom (with Masterplan)

March (with UFO)
1 - Hamburg, Germany at Fabrik
3 - Worpswede, Germany at Music Hall
4 - Berlin, Germany at Columbia Club
5 - Hannover, Germany at Musikzentrum
13 - Copenhagen, denmark at Pumpe Huset
14 - Malmö, Sweden at KB
16 - Götheburg, Swedend at Tradgar´n
17 - Stockholm, Sweden at The Arena

More dates are expected to be announced soon

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Masterplan Drummer Leaves

Shortly after the departure of singer Jorn Lande, drummer Uli Kusch (ex-Helloween) has also left Masterplan, the German melodic metal band he formed with guitarist Roland Grapow. An official announcement on the matter is expected shortly...

Masterplan recently began recording its third album — the group's first without singer Jorn Lande, who announced his departure in early May. The band's final show with Lande took place on August 8 at Lokersefeesten in Belgium. More...

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Masterplan Begin Recording New Album

MASTERPLAN members Uli Kusch (drums) and Roland Grapow (guitar; both ex-HELLOWEEN) have started the recordings for the band's third album. According to a posting on Kusch's web site, a replacement for singer Jorn Lande, who announced his departure from the group in early May, will be confirmed soon. The band's final show with Lande took place on August 8 at Lokersefeesten in Belgium. A photo taken during the performance can be found at UliKusch.de.

According to a statement released by the band in May, Lande's departure was caused by increased "musical differences" between the vocalist and the rest of the band. During the songwriting process for the group's third album, it became increasingly apparent that the other members of the band had different visions and plans for the group's musical direction. While Jorn wanted MASTERPLAN to follow a more melodic path, the rest of the band wanted to return to the metallic roots of their debut album. More...

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Masterplan Vocalist Leaves The Band

German power metallers Masterplan parted ways with their singer Jørn Lande due to musical differences. The statement of their label AFM Records reads as follows:

"Sometimes ways can separate from each other: due to musical differences singer Jorn Lande has left Masterplan last week. During working on the new album the band had to experience that both sides were having different ideas and wishes for the songwriting. While Jorn would have loved to push the style of the band more into the melodic direction, the rest of the band wanted to go back to the metal-roots of the debut album. So the decision was made to go separate ways in the future."

Drummer Uli Kusch about it: "We are not really happy about Jorn's decision, but on the other side it doesn't make sense to continue if the ideas are that different. The music would suffer from it and the music is why we are doing it. We wish Jorn a successful future and want to thank him for everything he did for us. It was a great and interesting time!" More...

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Hammerfall Write A World Soccer Championship Song

HAMMERFALL vocalist Joacim Cans has teamed up with former Helloween and current Masterplan drummer Uli Kusch to write a song for the upcoming soccer world championship. Entitled "Glorious," the song will feature Swedish singer Mikeyla as the main vocalist, with special guest appearances by Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR), Tobias Sammet (EDGUY), Roland Grapow (MASTERPLAN) and Oscar Dronjak (HAMMERFALL). The production is taking place in Sweden April 24-25. More...

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Jorn Lande To Replace Nevermore At ProgPower USA

Jorn Lande has been tapped to replace Nevermore as the Saturday night headliner at ProgPower USA VII. The singer, whose credits include Masterplan and ARK, will close the show with a unique set covering not only his solo career but songs from the various bands and projects over the course of his entire career.

"I hated to lose Nevermore, but I am ecstatic over being able to get one of the best voices in metal today," said Promoter Glenn Harveston. "After speaking with Jorn, I am convinced that this will be a once in a lifetime set that you won't see anywhere else in the world."

Added Lande: "It's an honor to play ProgPower USA this year. The festival is well known around the world for keeping progressive metal and hard rock alive. We will do our best to give you a few surprises and make it one of the most memorable sets in the history of the festival."

Nevermore was forced to pull out of ProgPower USA when the Disturbed/Nevermore European was postponed until September, conflicting with the festival date.

Evergrey - complete with a choir and string quartet - will headline the first night of the two-day festival, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta.

The rest of the lineup is German power metal band Savage Circus, Dutch symphonic metal band Epica, Pyramaze, Wastefall, Sweden's Freak Kitchen, Finland's Thunderstone, Italy's Vision Divine, and Denmark's Mercenary.

The festival's annual pre-party will take place on Thursday, September 14 at The Vinyl Club inside of Earthlink Live and will feature performances by Theocracy, Circus Maximus, Leatherwolf, and Circle II Circle.

Tickets for ProgPower USA VII will go on sale Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m. EST via all Ticketmaster outlets. Only 900 tickets will be made available to the public. Advance Gold Badges, which presently have a two-year wait list, are sold out. ProgPower USA has sold out more than four months in advance for the past four years. Last year's festival sold out in a record four days.

Tickets are for the pre-party are $20 and go on sale April 8 at 10 a.m. EST. There will only be 600 tickets available in advance.

ProgPower USA VII is sponsored by Pacific Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Shure Microphones, Evans Drumheads, D'Addario Strings, and Planet Wave Cables. Interested sponsors may contact ProgPower USA via progpowerusa.com.

Information is available on the website for parties interested in participating in the CD Showcase sampler or advertising in the official program.

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Liverani Completing Final Chapter of Rock Opera

Daniele Liverani is completing the recording of the third and final chapter of his Rock Opera Genius entitled The Final Surprise. With the release of this final episode, the complete story and music of the trilogy can be finally enjoyed in its entirety. An incredible cast of singers and mix of different music styles from fast power metal to straight melodic rock and crazy progressive rock tunes will lead the listeners to the final events of Genius' amazing trip into the dreams world parallel reality.

Once again singers Mark Boals (Ring Of Fire; Ex Malmsteen) and Daniel Gildenlow (Pain Of Salvation) are taking the major roles (Genius and Twinspirit32 respectively). The other amazing singers appearing include this time Eric Martin (ex-Mr.Big) as Mr. Niko, Jorn Lande (Masterplan) as Apikor, Andrea Datwyler (Lunatica) as Kokeshi, Toby Hitchcock (Pride Of Lions) as Senator Jeramus. Oliver Hartmann will care once again about the choruses while the narrator role will be covered by Philip Bynoe as usual.

The album is slated for release in the spring of 2006.

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Bruce Dickinson In Tribuzy Project In Brazil

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson is travelling to Brazil this week to play with friends in a special Tribuzy project. He met Renato Tribuzy a few years back and was very impressed with his music. They became friends and Bruce contributed the vocal on a song on his album. On this trip Bruce will sing on this song backed by his mates Roy Z and Chris Dale, both of whom he has played a lot with in the past.

Also involved in the project are Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween), Mat Sinner (Sinner, Primal Fear), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Kiko Loureiro (Angra), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura).

The set will consist of Tribuzy songs, but it is likely that Bruce will pull on his own repertoire a little too at some stage...

Dates are as follows:

Nov. 12 São Paulo - Credicard Hall
1ov. 13 Belo Horizonte - Chevrolet Hall

The support act for the concerts will be Jeff Scot Sotto.

For ticket information visit www.tribuzy.com.

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Gotthard Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

GOTTHARD have been added to the Bloodstock Open Air lineup. This will be the million selling Swiss Classic Rock acts first appearance in the UK since their debut tour with Magnum in the early 1990's and is sure to please their many UK fans. They will be promoting their latest release 'Lipservice' due out on June 6th on Nuclear Blast. This will be preceded by a single in April, details of which are at gotthard.com. More...

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Dimmu, Evergrey Confirmed For Gates Of Metal

Dimmu Borgir has been confirmed for Gates of Metal. The Norwegian band will play the big stage at this years festival. Sweden's Evergrey is also confirmed. Gates of Metal is held in Hultsfred, Sweden between the fifth and sixth of August.

5000 tickets has been released, and foreign visitors can make their ticket reservation at the official festival website. The website is available in English.

For more information visit http://www.gatesofmetal.se.

Confirmed artists:
Edguy
Children of Bodom
Masterplan
Grave Digger
Amon Amarth
Dream Evil
Nocturnal Rites
Sabaton
Twilightning
God Among Insects
Pantokrator

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COB, Hammerfall To Headline Bloodstock 2005 Fests

BLOODSTOCK 2005 will comprise 2 separate festivals. The brand new outdoor show BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR ( B-O-A ) will take place on June 24th-25th 2005 at Catton Hall, in the Midlands, with the annual BLOODSTOCK05 – UK Metalfest taking place indoors at the Assembly Rooms in Derby on 2nd-3rd September 2005.

With the indoor festival now having reached capacity within the current location, the next logical step was to find an additional location, and the decision to go outdoors was an easy choice to make as the UK does not have an outdoor Euro-style Metal festival along the lines of Wacken, Bang Your Head and Summer Breeze (DE), Gods of Metal (ITA), Sweden Rock (SWE), Graspop (B), Dynamo (N) and so many more. The current choice of venue, Catton Hall, offers a fantastic location within a rural setting, centrally located within the UK for all areas to reach easily, and yes, camping will be provided. Our initial capacity is for up to 8,000 with further growth at the site to accommodate 20,000 within a few more years. More...

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Cage Confirmed For Earthshaker Festival

CAGE has been confirmed to play at the Earthshaker Festival 2005, a two-day event set to take place July 22-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. MANOWAR will headline the festival and will also feature TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, CHILDREN OF BODOM, RHAPSODY, GRAVE DIGGER, MASTERPLAN and many other bands.

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Testament, CoB Confirmed For Earthshaker Fest

Testament, Overkill, Children of Bodom, Rhapsody, Grave Digger and Masterplan are among the latest bands confirmed for Earthshaker Fest 2005, a two-day event set to take place July 22-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:

Bludgeon
Cage
Children of Bodom
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Disbelief
Ektomorf
Evidence One
Feinstein
Grave Digger
Graveworm
J.B.O.
Manowar
Masterplan
Overkill
Rhapsody
Testament

A poster for the festival can be viewed at this location.

As previously reported, festival headliners Manowar are currently in studio working on a new song to be performed at EarthShaker Fest 2005. The band warn the fans that this will be only one of the many great surprises they are preparing for this show and the Mega Fan Convention.

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Masterplan To Release 'Aeronautics' in January

Masterplan are to release their second album through AFM Records on January 24. It's called 'Aeronautics' and was produced by Andy Sneep. A four-track EP from the band is now available. This is titled 'Back For My LIfe'. Apart from the title cut, the EP also includes non-album songs 'Crimson Rider', 'Killing In Time' and 'Love Is A Rock'.

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New Masterplan Sample Posted Online

A one-minute, 12-second sample of the new Masterplan track "Back For My Life" has been posted online at AFM-Records.de.

"Back For My Life" is the title track of the group's four-song EP , due on November 29 via Germany's AFM Records. The songs included on the EP are as follows: "Back For My Life" (single and album version), "Crimson Rider", "Killing in Time" (two different versions, non-album cut) and "Love Is a Rock" (non-album cut).

Masterplan, the new band featuring ex-Helloween guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-Helloween drummer Uli Kusch and former Yngwie Malmsteen/Ark singer Jorn Lande, have set "Aeronautics" as the title of their sophomore full-length album, due on January 24, 2005 via AFM.

"Aeronautics" was produced by Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Exodus, Skinlab, Nevermore) and mixed by Mikko Karmila. Mastering duties were handled by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios.

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