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Formed: 1975
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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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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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More Gods Of Metal Fest Confirmations Announced

Accept, Black Label Society and Yngwie Malmsteen are the latest confirmations for the Gods of Metal festival, a two-day event scheduled to take place June 11-12, 2005 at Arena Parco Nord in Bologna, Italy. Also set to perform at the festival are Iron Maiden (June 11) and Motley Crue (June 12). More confirmations will be announced soon.

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Joey Jordison Doll Being Auctioned For Charity

An 18-inch autographed Joey Jordison (Slipknot) doll, created as a fund-raiser for Raven Nicole Robinson, a four-month-old girl born with a hole in her heart, is currently being auctioned via eBay.

This collectible doll is a miniature replica of the "Vol. 3" tour suit, which includes cargo shorts (with actual pockets) with elastic waistband and miniature jacket with elastic cuffs and velcro closure as well as the correct insignia on jacket. Suit is made from the same material (100% polyester) as the ones worn by the band. Patches are made by a combination of hand and machine embroidery. Left front leg of shorts is a piece from Joey's *ACTUAL* stage costume.

To view pictures of the doll and to get more information or place a bid, click here.

Members of Iron Maiden, Andrew W.K., Murderdolls, Type O Negative, Disturbed, Poison, Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, Orgy, Danzig, Fear Factory, W.A.S.P., Bang Tango, Quiet Riot, Beautiful Creatures, Cinderella, Lynch Mob, Danger Danger, Ministry, Misfits and Great White will all participate in an all-star concert at the Beverly Hills Hard Rock Café on Jan. 20 to raise money for Robinson. For more information on the show or on Raven's situation, go to RavensHeart.org.

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Maiden DVD Gone Gold, Headline With Full Force

According to the Iron Maiden fan site MaidenFans.com, Maiden's recent "The History Of Iron Maiden – Part 1: The Early Years" DVD has been certified gold in Spain for sales in excess of 10,000 copies. The group's last DVD, "Visions of the Beast" (released summer 2003) was certified both gold and platinum (25,000 copies sold).

The "Early Years" DVD, which was released in North America in early November, covers the band's course from its first days, back in the mid-'70s up until 1983 when Maiden went on their first major world tour.

In other news, Iron Maiden have been confirmed as the headliners of the With Full Force festival on June 2, 2005 at Airfield Roitzschjora in Löbnitz (near Leipzig), Germany. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, December 22.

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Maiden, GNR Members To Appear At Benefit Concert

Members of Iron Maiden, Andrew WK, Murderdolls, Type O Negative, Disturbed, Poison, Guns N Roses, AC/DC, Orgy, Danzig, Fear Factory, W.A.S.P., Bang Tango, Quiet Riot, Beautiful Creatures, Cinderella, Lynch Mob, Danger Danger, Ministry, Misfits and Great White are among the musicians that have reportedly been confirmed to appear a benefit concert on Thursday, January 20, 2005 at the Hard Rock Café in Beverly Hills, California to raise funds to pay for the surgery and medical treatment of Raven Nicole Robinson, a two-month-old girl born with a very large hole in between the right and left pumping chambers of her heart.

According to a posting at RavensHeart.org, "[Raven's] condition is called Ventricular Septal Defect. Large ventricular septal defects cause problems, as the pressure in the right side of the heart decreases, blood will start to flow to the path of least resistance. This leads to congestive heart failure and must be treated. The most important sign of congestive heart failure is the baby's growth.

"Babies who have significant congestive heart failure will have failure to thrive and will have difficulty maintaining a normal weight gain in the first few months of life. Such is Raven's case, at birth she weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. She is now [four] months old and struggles with every swallow; [Mother] Misse often feeds her with a medicine dropper and anticipates the usual vomiting that follows. Raven has just reached 8 lbs. She is on numerous medications to try and prolong her life until surgery."

Read the full article at RavensHeart.org.

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Iron Maiden Announces More European Tour Dates

Iron Maiden have announced more dates as part of their upcoming European tour. Support at all shows will come from Holland's Within Temptation, according to MaidenFans.com. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

May 29 Mystic Festival - Chorzow, POL
Jun. 11 Gods Of Metal Festival - Milan, ITA
Jun. 12 Fussballstadion Buchholz - Uster-Zurich, SWI
Jun. 16 Atlantic Pavilion - Lisbon, POR
Jun. 25 Parc De Princes - Paris, FRA
Jun. 28 Spektrum - Oslo, NOR
Jun. 29 Spektrum - Oslo, NOR
Jul. 03 Bospop Festival - Weert, NETH
Jul. 06 Hartwall Arena - Helsinki, FIN
Jul. 07 Hartwall Arena - Helsinki, FIN
Jul. 09 Ullevi Stadium - Gothenburg, SWE

As a second opening act is planned, rumours are still going on that Megadeth will be the other band to open for Iron Maiden. Nothing confirmed so far, though.

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No Israeli Attack On Paul Di'Anno

The promoters of the Paul Di'Anno's recent show in Tel Aviv have contacted TotalRock, strongly denying the story they ran recently that the former Iron Maiden singer had been attacked while onstage. TotalRock says, "We are delighted to be able to correct this story and, of course, apologise to the promoters for suggesting this might have happened."

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Former Iron Maiden Singer Attacked Onstage

Just two days after the murder of Damageplan's Dimebag Darrel and three others during a concert in Ohio, it appears that another metal musician may have been attacked onstage.
Former Iron Maiden lead vocalist Paul Di'Anno was reportedly attacked by a crazed fan during his appearance Friday at the Heavy Metal Monsters melodic metal festival in Tel Aviv, Israel.

TotalRock.com reports that the fan jumped onstage during Di'Anno's performance and "lashed out" at the singer. Di'Anno reportedly only suffered minor injuries and was able to complete his set.

At press time antiMUSIC was unable to obtain an official confirmation of this incident. The second day of the festival (Dec 11, 2004) is expected to proceed as planned.

Paul Di'Anno was the lead singer of Iron Maiden from 1977 until late 1981 when he was replaced by Bruce Dickinson. Di'Anno appeared on the group's first two major label studio releases 1979's Iron Maiden and 1980's Killers as well as the 1981 live EP Maiden Japan and the group's self released "Soundhouse Tapes".

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New Iron Maiden Album To Be Completed Soon

Iron Maiden fansite Maidenfans.com has posted an interview with drummer Nicko McBrain. In the interview Nicko reveals that the band's forthcoming studio album will be done in November, 2005 with another tour to follow in 2006 which will include festival dates. Remarking about the current DVD, "The History Of Iron Maiden - Part 1: The Early Days," the drummer says that there could be four-six more DVDs in the series.

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