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Original Priest Singer Completes New Solo Album

Original JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins has completed work on his fifth solo album, entitled "Demon Deceiver".

The CD, which features artwork by MAGNUM bassist Al Barrow (who also runs Generic Designs), was pieced together over the last ten months with the help of South African guitarist Mike de Jager, Simon Lees (BUDGIE; once voted guitarist of the year by Guitar magazine), Brian Tatler (DIAMOND HEAD), bassist Pete Emms (THE VASELINE RATS), and drummers Adrian Badland and Mick Hales. Among the songs scheduled to appear on the album is "Drown", which is said to be a duet between Al and the Kansas-based vocalist/guitarist Johnny Lokke.

Atkins' band THE DENIAL, also featuring ex-IRON MAIDEN/PRAYING MANTIS guitarist Dennis Stratton, is currently on a break while the members pursue other projects. Al is also said to be finishing off his book he is writing about the early years of JUDAS PRIEST, entitled "Dawn of the Metal Gods".

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Evergrey, Mastodon On Gods Of Metal 2005 Fest

Gods Of Metal 2005 is scheduled for June 11th - 12th at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy.

According to all-about-chaos.net, the latest acts confirmed for the festival are EVERGREY and MASTODON. Acts confirmed for the festival now include:

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Iron Maiden To Skip Last Seven Ozzfest Tour Dates

According to an online posting by Iron Maiden's webmaster, Maiden will play their final Ozzfest 2005 show on August 20 at the Hyundai Pavilion (at Glen Helen), just outside Los Angeles, California. The band will not take part in the last seven shows of the tour.

Ozzfest 2005 featuring Iron Maiden:

Jul. 15 Boston, MA - Tweeter Center
Jul. 17 Hartford, CT - Meadows
Jul. 19 Camden, NJ - Tweeter Waterfront
Jul. 21 Buffalo, NY - Darien Lakes
Jul. 23 Pittsburgh, PA - Post Gazette
Jul. 24 Washington, DC - Nissan
Jul. 26 New York, NY - PNC
Jul. 30 Chicago, IL - Tweeter Center
Jul. 31 Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
Aug. 02 Columbus, OH - Germain Amphitheatre
Aug. 04 Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 06 East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley
Aug. 07 Minneapolis, MN - Floatrite Park
Aug. 11 Seattle, WA - White River
Aug. 13 San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
Aug. 14 Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train
Aug. 16 Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Pavilion
Aug. 18 Phoenix, AZ - Cricket
Aug. 20 Los Angeles, CA - Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen

Ozzfest 2005 dates without Iron Maiden:

Aug. 23 Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion
Aug. 25 Dallas, TX - Smirnoff
Aug. 27 Houston, TX - Cynthia J. Woods Pavilion
Aug. 28 San Antonio, TX - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 31 Nashville, TN - Starwood Amphitheatre
Sep. 02 Charlotte, NC - Verizon
Sep. 04 West Palm Beach - Sound Advice

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Official Ozzfest 2005 Dates And Lineup Revealed

It's big. It's bad. And it's back for more. Got a problem with that?

Ozzfest — the king of festivals — triumphantly returns this summer to celebrate its hard-earned 10th anniversary with the staggering line-up of BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN, ROB ZOMBIE, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SHADOWS FALL and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. The summer's premier concert festival — which has propelled many of today’s rock bands to superstardom while paying close attention to its discerning fans — will roll out July 15 in Boston and visit 26 cities by the time it reaches West Palm Beach on September 4. The Hot Topic Second Stage will be headlined by ZOMBIE and feature a preview of rock's rising stars, including AS I LAY DYING, MASTODON, THE HAUNTED, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BURY YOUR DEAD, SOILWORK, TRIVIUM, IT DIES TODAY, A DOZEN FURIES and more.

"I'm most proud of the success of Ozzfest," says founder Sharon Osbourne. "Everyone said it would never happen and 10 years later we are still in business." In fact, 125 bands, 238 shows and over 4 million fans later, the all-day extravaganza of music and deranged merriment is roaring louder than ever. History in the making, 2005 marks the first time metal legends BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN have toured together and also represents IRON MAIDEN's first Ozzfest appearance.

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson said, "This summer's MAIDEN touring is based on the recent 'Early Days' DVD and all the songs we do at Ozzfest will be from our first four albums — 'Iron Maiden', 'Killers', 'Number of the Beast' and 'Piece of Mind'. We will be bringing over our full European show, naturally including as special guest Eddie in various appropriate guises!! The stage sets, production and backdrops will recreate aspects of the shows on the tours around those albums — only bigger… much bigger!!! We don’t know if anyone has done anything like this before but we think it’s something the fans will really appreciate both in the choice of songs and in the production values."

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First Ozzfest 2005 Dates Revealed

Some Ozzfest 2005 dates have been confirmed while others are still rumoured.

The confirmed dates so far:
July. 31 - Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Music Center
Aug. 2 - Columbus, OH @ Germain Ampitheater
Aug. 18 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion

Subject to change:
Aug. 4 - Tinley Park, IL @ Tweeter Center
Aug. 6 - East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre

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Bruce Dickinson Announces Solo Album Release Date

According to MaidenFans.com, Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson has named "Tyranny Of Souls" the title of his long-awaited new solo album, scheduled to be released in Europe on May 23. A release date for the rest of the world has not yet been announced.

A scan of a report provided by U.K. magazine Classic Rock can be seen here.

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Mastodon To Support Iron Maiden In Europe

MASTODON are on the verge of securing the support slot on IRON MAIDEN's summer tour in Europe, according to Blabbermouth.net. MASTODON also in talks to play the Roskilde festival, set to take place June 30-July 3 in Roskilde, Denmark. Also scheduled to perform at the festival are BLACK SABBATH, AUDIOSLAVE and GREEN DAY, among others.

MASTODON recently completed work on the second music video from their award-winning album, "Leviathan".

The video, for the song "Blood and Thunder", was shot on location at the Star Bar in the band's hometown of Atlanta, GA. Produced and directed by Jonathan Rej (MAN OR ASTROMAN, FURTHER SEEMS FOREVER, STRETCH ARMSTRONG) for Authority Films, the new MASTODON video is expected to be conceptual in nature, with a "top-secret" treatment and storyline that, "is far-and-away different than most any modern day music video". MASTODON's "Blood and Thunder" is expected to make its world network premiere(s) imminently.

Currently in the midst of a headlining tour of Europe, MASTODON will launch their first U.S. headlining tour of 2005 on March 23 at the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA.

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Iron Maiden For August Dublin Show

Iron Maiden are to play a major concert in Dublin this summer. They will play the RDS Arena on 31 August with special guest Marilyn Manson.

Iron Maiden's first four seminal albums and their subsequent tours will be the theme for their new stage production and their set will feature a number of songs that the band have not played in many years.

Tickets for the Dublin concert, priced €65 and €70, go on sale this Saturday, 26 February, at 9am from outlets nationwide.

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BLS, Rob Zombie, Mudvayne, KSE To Play Ozzfest 05?

Word has it that BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and ROB ZOMBIE have both secured slots on the 10-year-anniversary edition of Ozzfest, with Zakk Wylde's troupe slated to kick off the proceedings on the main stage. Meanwhile, ZOMBIE, MUDVAYNE and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE are said to be in the mix for the smaller second stage, which is expected to feature more non-rotating slots this summer compared to the last couple of years.

As previously reported, IRON MAIDEN are set to co-headline the entire event with BLACK SABBATH, although recent reports indicate that OZZY OSBOURNE (with Zakk Wylde on guitar) may attempt to stage a solo performance at this year's festival. Also expected to perform on the main stage is the "Among the Living" lineup of ANTHRAX, which has already been confirmed for three European festivals this spring/summer (Holland's Dynamo Open Air on May 7, Sweden's Sweden Rock on June 9-11 and Italy's Gods of Metal on June 11-12) prior to their appearance at Ozzfest.

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Black Sabbath Voted Best British Rock Album

Ozzy Osbourne's Black Sabbath have topped a list of the 100 best British rock albums of all time.

Follow-up album "Paranoid" was fifth in the poll voted by readers of Kerrang! magazine.

Ozzy appears in the list six times, more than any other artist. The Brummie rocker features four times with Black Sabbath and twice as a solo artist.

He said that Black Sabbath making the number one spot was a triumph for British rock.

"Back then you'd hear, 'if you go to San Francisco, be sure to wear a flower in your hair'. And we were like, 'what the f*** are they on about?' We lived in Aston, Birmingham, in drizzly rain. The only flowers I ever saw were on a gravestone in our local cemetery," The Sun quoted Ozzy as saying.

Kerrang's Top 100 features a mix of heavy metal, punk and glam rock.

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Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden to Headline Ozzfest '05

Blabbermouth is reporting that "informed sources" (read: still unconfirmed) tell them that BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN will headline the 10th anniversary edition of Ozzfest. In addition, ANTHRAX's "Among the Living" lineup — featuring vocalist Joey Belladonna, guitarist Dan Spitz and bassist Frank Bello — is said to have secured a slot on the main stage at the festival, which is expected to kick off in mid-July.

According to unconfirmed reports, the Ozzfest 2005 shows will start later than the previous 9:00 a.m. kick-off time and will include more non-rotating slots on the second stage.

Prior to headlining the 2005 edition of Ozzfest, BLACK SABBATH will embark on a short European tour, which will include an appearance at the U.K.'s Download festival (where they will headline the "Ozzfest" day on June 11).

No further mention was made of Megadeth who are also highly rumored to play the main stage this year.

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Iron Maiden To Headline Reading/Leeds Festival

Foo Fighters, the Pixies and metal titans Iron Maiden are amongst the big names who are set to headline this year’s Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals.

This year’s Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals will see a headline appearance from Dave Grohl’s band, who are putting the finishing touches to their forthcoming double album.

Although festival bosses are unwilling to confirm any names until their announcement next month, an NME.COM investigation has uncovered that Pixies and Iron Maiden are the other headliners.

A festival source told NME.COM: "They’ve bagged Pixies' only UK shows next year, and there’s a chance they could be their last ever in Britain. It’s an open secret that Foo Fighters are playing as well."

Pixies have headlined Reading Festival before, back in 1990, but they’re not the oldest band on the bill.

In what may surprise some, metal veterans Iron Maiden will return to the festival for the first time in over 20 years as part of their massive European tour. Iron Maiden have played Reading before too - in 1980 and 1982, but they still remain a huge live draw.

Reading and Leeds tickets are likely to go on sale in March, with an official announcement to come on the final line-up around the same time. For more bands set to play at this year’s festival, see this week’s NME, which is out now nationwide

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Pretty Maids To Support Hammerfall

When Hammerfall will playing their hometown Göteborg on April 30th, there will be support be a special guest: Pretty Maids. This is a one-off arrangement, other "Icebreaker Festival" dates will feature Lordi plus two other acts.

Confirmed dates are as follows:
Apr. 21 Z7 – Pratteln, SWI
Apr. 22 Filharmonie – Filderstadt, GER
Apr. 23 Stadthalle – Lichtenfels, GER
Apr. 24 Turbinenhalle - Oberhausen, GER
Apr. 30 Scandinavium – Göteborg, SWE

Dronjak is currently travelling through Europe on a promotion tour together with singer Joacim Cans. As Oscar posted on the official website:

I write this in the plane from Milan. We woke up in Madrid this morning, and now we're heading to Athens. Things are going extremely well - everyone seem to share our sentiments regarding "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" — and it feels great to travel around Europe, talking to enthusiastic journalists about something you have worked so damn hard for for such damn long time!

In other news, Hammerfall are slated for an appearance at the Gods Of Metal Festival in Italy, taking place on June 11-12th. Other confirmed acts are Motley Crue, Accept, Iron Maiden and Slayer – as Oscar commented: "What was that you said? 1986 all over again?"

The new album "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" will be in stores March 7th. The clip for the first single "Blood Bound" has been posted on the website of the major Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. You can see pictures from the video here.

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In Flames Confirmed For Graspop Metal Meeting

Sweden's In Flames will be playing at the Graspop Metal Meeting which takes place in Dessel, Belgium on June 24-26. Among the other performers at the 10th-anniversary edition of the festival are: Accept, Grave Digger, Iron Maiden, Lacuna Coil, Dio and Nevermore. You can check out the festival website here.

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Dream Theater Confirmed For Graspop Metal Meeting

Dream Theater are the latest band confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting festival, set to take place June 24-26 in Dessel, Belgium. Also scheduled to perform at the 10th-anniversary edition of the festival are Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Axel Rudi Pell, Grave Digger, Suicidal Tendencies and Exciter. More confirmations will be announced soon.

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Slayer, Obituary Added To Gods Of Metal Lineup

SLAYER and OBITUARY are the latest confirmation for the Gods of Metal Festival 2005, set to take place June 11-12, 2005 at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy.

They join IRON MAIDEN (who headline on the 11th), the reunited MOTLEY CRUE (who headline on the 12th) and ACCEPT, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN. More bands will be announced soon.

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Bruce: Maiden Popular Because We Never Sold Out

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is convinced the veteran heavy metal band are now more popular than ever for one reason - they've never pandered to fashion.

The "Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter" rockers have stuck to the same formula of piercing vocals and heavy riffs for a quarter of a century, and recently sold out a Swedish stadium in record time.

Dickinson says, "We sold 55,000 tickets in Gothenburg in two hours flat. We're bigger now than we were 10 years ago. Don't ask me why.

"Maybe it's because we don't spend all out time trying to hang out with fashionistas - we just get on with it."

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Maiden, Slayer and Slipknot Do Rock Am Ring

Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson, Slayer and Slipknot head the list of bands who'll play both the Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals in Germany. This happens from June 3-5 in the Nurnburgring and Zeppelinfeld, respectively. Other acts confirmed include HIM, Green Day, Apocalyptica and The Hives.

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Iron Maiden Rumored To Appear At Leeds Festival

It's an event normally relied on to attract some of the music world's coolest names. Franz Ferdinand, Marilyn Manson, The White Stripes – they've all delighted rock's fashionistas at Leeds Festival in recent years. But it seems the trendier elements of the festival's crowd could be left scratching their well-groomed heads this summer.

For rock dinosaurs Iron Maiden are being tipped as one of the 2005 bash's main attractions.
Internet messageboards are awash with speculation that the heavy metallers will be bringing their long hair, guitar solos and spectacular stage show to Leeds in August. If the rumours prove to be true then Maiden's capture will be something of a coup.

The band are currently enjoying one of their biggest hits in years, with the re-release of their 1982 single "The Number of the Beast" going into the charts at number three on Sunday. They also remain a hugely-popular live act, recently selling nearly 90,000 tickets in the space of a few hours for a series of dates in Scandinavia.

Other stars said to be in the frame for this year's festival, meanwhile, include British guitar outfit Muse and New York art-rockers The Strokes.

A spokeswoman for organisers Mean Fiddler would not be drawn today on which bands were likely to feature. However, managing director Melvin Benn HAS confirmed that two of the main stage headliners are already booked. In an interview in November, he joked: "You know I can't tell you who they are, but they've both got singers and use guitars. They both have drummers as well. That's as much as you're getting!"

The three-day festival is due to take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend at Bramham Park, near Wetherby, its home since 2003. The event moved from Temple Newsam Park, in east Leeds, after violence for three years running.

More than 50,000 fans attended last summer, when the bill included Morrissey, The Darkness and 50 Cent.

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Maiden Video Posted Online, More Tour Dates

To celebrate Iron Maiden's phenomenal history and in keeping with the recent international success of their Double DVD "The Early Years," EMI released "The Number Of The Beast" as a special single on January 3, 2005.

The title track of the band's third (and first number 1) album, "The Number Of The Beast" was a Top 20 hit when originally released in 1982, and is rightly regarded as an all time Maiden classic. This song typifies the band's sound signature of that era, from the chilling spoken-word introduction to the throat-ripping opening scream from Bruce Dickinson.

For more information, the Camp Chaos version of "The Number of The Beast" video and more, visit EMI Records.

Iron Maiden has added dates to their 2005 Summer Tour. More dates will be being announced shortly.

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