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Ted Nugent

Formed: 1967
From: Detroit, MI, United States
Last Known Status: Unknown


Throughout his lengthy career, guitar wildman Ted Nugent has reveled in the controversy and criticism that always seems to follow in his path. While there's no denying his exceptional talent on the six-string, his knack for penning arena rock anthems, or his standing as one of rock's top live acts, it's his non-musical endeavors that have caused the most condemnation from his detractors (his pro-right wing beliefs, pro-gun advocacy, appreciation of hunting animals, etc.). But by the same token, Nugent is a family man and one of the few hard rockers who has admirably stuck by his lifelong anti-drugs and drink stance throughout his career. Born on December 13, 1948, in Detroit, MI, Nugent became interested in rock & roll early in the game, picking up the guitar as a youngster, while his disciplinarian father passed his beliefs down to Nugent.

In the '60s, Nugent formed his first bands (including Royal High Boys and Lourdes), drawing inspiration from such British blues rockers as the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds. But it wasn't until the formation of the Amboy Dukes, that the Nuge got his first taste of stardom (it was also around this time that Nugent began playing a Gibson Byrdland guitar, a model which would be instantly associated with him throughout his career). The other members of the group didn't exactly share Nugent's clean-living lifestyle, as proven by their psychedelic hit single "Journey to the Center of the Mind," which Nugent claimed he didn't know at the time was about being "under the influence." The band managed to issue several albums throughout the late '60s -- 1967's self-titled debut, 1968's Journey to the Center of the Mind, and 1969's Migration -- as the group fit in well with such other high-energy rock bands to emerge from the Motor City: MC5, the Stooges, etc.

With bandmembers coming and going at an alarming rate, Nugent remained the only constant member -- eventually officially changing the band's name to Ted Nugent & the Amboy Dukes by the '70s, and issuing 1971's Survival of the Fittest, 1973's Call of the Wild, and 1974's Tooth, Fang & Claw. While none of these releases exactly stormed the charts, Nugent and his cohorts remained an in-demand concert draw, as he also set up "guitar duels" on stage around this time (battling with MC5's Wayne Kramer and Mahogany Rush's Frank Marino, among others).

By the mid-'70s, Nugent decided to finally ditch the Amboy Dukes name and set out on his own, assembling a first rate backing band that included second guitarist/vocalist Derek St. Holmes, bassist Rob Grange, and drummer Cliff Davies. By 1975, the new band was signed to Aerosmith's management company (Leber & Krebs), as well as the same record company, Columbia, resulting in the release of Nugent's self-titled debut in November of the same year. The band immediately struck a chord with the heavy metal/hard rock crowd from coast to coast, due to the band's over-the-top stage show. But the bandmembers' relationship with Nugent was rocky at best -- Nugent wanted complete control of the band, while the others wanted it to be more of a democracy. The end result was St. Holmes leaving the band prior to the sessions of their sophomore effort, 1976's Free for All (which saw a then-unknown singer by the name of Meat Loaf filling in for the departed singer).

St. Holmes returned however in time for the album's ensuing tour, and by the release of 1977's Cat Scratch Fever (which spawned the hit single title track), Ted Nugent and his band was one of the top rock bands in the U.S. -- storming the charts and selling out arenas coast to coast. By now, Nugent had assumed the stage persona of a caveman -- hitting the stage dressed in nothing but a skimpy loincloth and knee-high boots, and would often begin his show by swinging out on a rope à la Tarzan (!). Like other rock acts of the '70s (Kiss, Cheap Trick, Peter Frampton, etc.), Nugent used a live album to catapult his career to the next level of stardom -- 1978's classic Double Live Gonzo. But despite all the success, the members of his band began deserting him one by one over the course of such albums as 1978's Weekend Warriors, 1979's State of Shock, and 1980s Scream Dream. To add insult to injury, Nugent found himself bankrupt around this time, due to several failed business ventures and poor management.

Nugent continued to tour and crank out albums throughout the '80s (including such forgettable releases as Intensities in Ten Cities, Nugent, Penetrator, Little Miss Dangerous, and If You Can't Lick Em...Lick Em), but it appeared as through the Nuge was trying to keep pace with the burgeoning pop-metal crowd instead of sticking to the raw and raging rock that brought him success in the first place. Nugent also tried his hand at acting around this time, appearing as a drug dealer in an episode of the hit TV series Miami Vice, in 1986. By the end of the decade, Nugent joined the rock supergroup Damn Yankees (joining former Night Ranger bassist/singer Jack Blades, former Styx guitarist/singer Tommy Shaw, and drummer Michael Cartellone) -- resulting in the quartet's self-titled debut in 1990, which became a surprise hit due to their Top Ten power ballad, "High Enough." But ultimately, the union proved to be short-lived, after only one more album (1992's lackluster Don't Tread), the band called it quits.

Nugent returned to his solo career, issuing his best album in over a decade, 1995's back to basics Spirit of the Wild, while several archival releases turned up throughout the '90s -- 1993's three-disc box set Out of Control, 1997's Live at Hammersmith '79, as well as his first three albums reissued with added tracks and newly remastered sound in 1999 by the Epic/Legacy label (also issued at the same time was the first truly comprehensive compilation of the Amboy Dukes, the 18-track Loaded for Bear). The Nuge was also the subject of an interesting VH1 Behind the Music episode, while he continued to tour well into the 21st century (landing the opening slot on Kiss' Farewell U.S. Tour in 2000), and issued the third live collection of his career, Full Bluntal Nugity, in 2001.

In addition to music, Nugent has gotten involved in politics, hosted a number one morning radio show in Detroit, has issued his own hunting camp and issues instructional videotapes (as well as the Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild PBS video series), owns his own hunting supply store, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association, writes columns regularly for a number of different magazines, and even sells his very own beef jerky (called Gonzo Meat Biltong)! In 2001, the Nuge penned his own autobiography, the perfectly titled God, Guns, & Rock N' Roll. ~ Greg Prato, All Music Guide

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George Lynch Filming New Documentary

Rock legend George Lynch and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker Mark McLaughlin have been working on a great documentary that is nearing completion. But they need your help, via their indiegogo page. "Shadowtrain: Under a Crooked Sky" will illuminate the cost of the destruction of the Native American community; to both the indigenous population as well as to their European conquerors.

The documentary will reveal the qualities inherent in indigenous people’s world views that should be recognized and adopted if we all, collectively, intend to not only survive, but to find a way to live happier, more meaningful lives. While engaging a wide variety of opinions from notable activists, authors, artists, elders and shaman, politicians and government officials, clergy, teachers and everyday people, the film will reveal its message through a powerful music-driven road trip.

The journey begins as renowned guitarist George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), drummer, artist and activist Vinnie Nicastro and a musical band of politically engaged musicians climb into an old station wagon in the southwest desert. They pull a vintage horse trailer, retro-fitted to carry band equipment, solar panels, generators and camping gear.

They travel the back roads, searching for a truth that can speak to power. They visit the Apache, Navajo and Hopi reservations in Arizona, Zuni and Tewa in New Mexico, Shoshone in Nevada, Utes in Utah and Colorado and then on to the Dakotas to visit the people and places that were (and still are) the epicenter of conflict between the native peoples and their European conquerors.

The film is set to feature interviews with Ted Nugent, System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian, Native American Poet and AIM spokesperson John Trudell, Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Philospher and Activist Noam Chomsky and many others. Watch the trailer below.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Resolutions

Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Loaded, ex-Guns N Roses) has recently undergone sinus surgery to fix a quarter size hole caused from drug use. Based on this information I have to assume at some point Steven Adler’s (Adler’s Appetite, ex-Guns N Roses) nickname was Silver Dollar… More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Dr. Ozzy Strikes Again

In a recent interview with Classic Rock magazine, Slash (Velvet Revolver, ex-Guns N Roses) says that he considered Axl Rose (Guns N Roses) as one of the singers for his recent solo project, explaining that Rose would be able to sing the shit out of all of his songs. I also believe this would give the two an opportunity to bond; each day calling Steven Adler (Adler’s Appetite, ex-Guns N Roses) and ask if he wants to get the band together then yelling “psyche!” Then hanging up the phone… More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Hacked Twitter Accounts

A couple weeks ago someone (presumably with a great sense of humor) hacked into Axl Rose’s account and sent out a Tweet saying all the European shows were cancelled. Rose’s people quickly responded, noting that this was not true (despite this sounding EXACTLY like something Axl would do).

Lucky for us we were able to find a few other (alleged) Tweets sent out via (allegedly) hacked Twitter accounts. Enjoy… More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: The Ozzy Factor

Jon Bon Jovi has reportedly quit cigarettes due to the high cost of smoking. Other areas Jon is rumored to be more frugal are: wearing Dockers instead of designer jeans, cutting his hair shorter to save on inflating shampoo costs, and switch from Aqua-Net to Walgreens brand hairspray…

Spirit of The Wild, Ted Nugent’s television show that takes you into the life of hunting with Ted, will return in HD to the Outdoor Channel. It will be nice to have a clear picture during sweeps week when Nugent takes out an entire herd of buffalo, with one bullet… More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Christmas Edition

The season for giving and receiving is upon us. This week we look at what the 80’s glam gods are asking for this year…

Bret Michaels (POISON): A bandana (preferably blue) that alerts Bret when there’s a reality show opportunity near by.

Jon Bon Jovi (BON JOVI): Jeans (skinny, tears above and below the knees, medium wash).

Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW): Tickle me Elmo.

Steve Tyler (AEROSMITH): A band.

Sammy Hagar (CHICKENFOOT): A bottle of tequila, wrapped.

Vince Neil (MOTLEY CRUE): A Radio Flyer 2900 red wagon to carry all the cash made this past year.

Gene Simmons (KISS): To have Christmas renamed KISSmas.

Ted Nugent: Guns, raw meat, gun powder…oh, wait this is Ted’s weekly shopping list.

David Coverdale (WHITESNAKE): Once again make large hair and album sales go hand in hand.

Axl Rose (GUNS N ROSES): The option to do what he wants despite contractual obligations and pending legal proceedings. Also, a Tickle me Elmo.

David Lee Roth (VAN HALEN): A straight answer from the Van Halen brothers.

Jani Lane (WARRANT): For 2009 to end ASAP.

Kip Winger (WINGER): Hair dye for his chest AND buttons for his shirts.

Lita Ford: A new bed.

Josh Todd: A new tattoo.

Dee Snider: World anarchy in the name of peace and metal.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Jack Osbourne Updates

Ozzy Osbourne continues to keep his family employed. This week it was announced that Jack Osbourne is producing a documentary on Ozzy titled “Wreckage of My Past” where candid interviews will be given by those close to him. Can anyone else wait ten years from now when Jack heads up an Ozzy tribute band? More...

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Guitar Hero Trailer With Ozzy Posted Online

A new trailer for the forthcoming video game Guitar Hero:World Tour featuring Ozzy Osbourne has been posted online. You can check it out below.

Guitar Hero:World Tour will be released on October 28th and features the following tracklisting:

311 - 'Beautiful Disaster'
30 SECONDS TO MARS - 'The Kill'
AIRBOURNE - 'Too Much Too Young'
ANOUK - 'Good God'
THE ANSWER - 'Never Too Late'
AT THE DRIVE-IN - 'One Armed Scissor'
BEASTIE BOYS - 'No Sleep Till Brooklyn'
BEATSTEAKS - 'Hail to the Freaks'
BILLY IDOL - 'Rebel Yell'
BLINK-182 - 'Dammit'
BLONDIE - 'One Way or Another'
BON JOVI - 'Livin’ On A Prayer'
COLDPLAY - 'Shiver'
THE CULT - 'Love Removal Machine'
DINOSAUR JR. - 'Feel The Pain'
THE DOORS - 'Love Me Two Times'
DREAM THEATER - 'Pull Me Under'
THE EAGLES - 'Hotel California'
THE ENEMY - 'Aggro'
FILTER - 'Hey Man, Nice Shot'
FLEETWOOD MAC - 'Go Your Own Way'
FOO FIGHTERS - 'Everlong'
THE GUESS WHO - 'American Woman'
HUSH PUPPIES - 'You're Gonna Say Yeah!'
INTERPOL - 'Obstacle 1'
JANE'S ADDICTION - 'Mountain Song'
JIMI HENDRIX - 'Purple Haze (Live)'
JIMI HENDRIX - 'The Wind Cries Mary'
JIMMY EAT WORLD - 'The Middle'
JOE SATRIANI - 'Satch Boogie'
KENT - 'Vinternoll2'
KORN - 'Freak On A Leash'
LACUNA COIL - 'Our Truth'
LENNY KRAVITZ - 'Are You Gonna Go My Way'
LINKIN PARK - 'What I've Done'
THE LIVING END - 'Prisoner of Society'
LOS LOBOS - 'La Bamba'
LOST PROPHETS - 'Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)'
LYNYRD SKYNYRD - 'Sweet Home Alabama (Live)'
MARS VOLTA - 'L'Via L'Viaquez'
MC5’S WAYNE KRAMER - 'Kick Out The Jams'
METALLICA - 'Trapped Under Ice'
MOTÖRHEAD - 'Overkill'
MUSE - 'Assassin'
NEGRAMARO - 'Nuvole e Lenzuola'
NIRVANA - 'About a Girl (Unplugged)'
NO DOUBT - 'Spiderwebs'
NOFX - 'Soul Doubt'
OASIS - 'Some Might Say'
OZZY OSBOURNE - 'Crazy Train'
OZZY OSBOURNE - 'Mr. Crowley'
PARAMORE - 'Misery Business'
PAT BENATAR - 'Heartbreaker'
R.E.M. - 'The One I Love'
RADIO FUTURA - 'Escuela De Calor'
RISE AGAINST - 'Re-Education Through Labor'
SEX PISTOLS - 'Pretty Vacant'
STEELY DAN - 'Do It Again'
STING - 'Demolition Man (Live)'
THE STONE ROSES - 'Love Spreads'
SUBLIME - 'Santeria'
SURVIVOR - 'Eye of the Tiger'
TED NUGENT - 'Stranglehold'
TED NUGENT’s Original Guitar Duel Recording
TOKIO HOTEL - 'Monsoon'
TOOL - 'Parabola'
TOOL - 'Schism'
TOOL - 'Vicarious'
TRUST - 'Antisocial'
VAN HALEN - 'Hot For Teacher'
WILLIE NELSON - 'On The Road Again'
WINGS - 'Band on the Run'
ZAKK WYLDE’s Original Guitar Duel Recording More...

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Ted Nugent Announces Book Signing Sessions

Rock and roll legend Ted Nugent will be making two appearances in the state of Michigan in October to sign copies of his brand new book, Ted, White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto.

You can meet him Friday, October 10 at 4pm at the Borders located at 23000 Eureka Road, Taylor, MI. Another opportunity rears itself the following day - Saturday, October 11 at 2pm at Barnes & Noble located at 333 Grand River Road, East Lansing, MI.

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Ted Nugent To Provide Security For Paul McCartney?

Right wing rocker Ted Nugent has offered to personally help with security for Paul McCartney at his upcoming concert in Israel. The legendary Beatles member and animal rights activist has received death threats from muslim extremists if he plays the concert which celebrates the 60th anniversary of the formation of the state of Israel.

Ted Nugent states: “Regardless that Paul and I have our obvious social, cultural, and culinary differences outside of music, I will not bend or waiver to voodoo religious whackjobs and neither should Paul,” exclaimed Nugent.

“It would be my pleasure to keep this legendary musical hero safe from terrorists and madmen, and then buy him a nice dinner of tofu,

“I’m Dirty Harry with a ponytail, and I’m at Paul’s service,”

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Ted Nugent Sends New Book To Sarah Palin

Blabbermouth.net reports: Sarah Palin was the first name on Ted Nugent's list to receive an advance copy of "Ted, White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto", comprised of 16 chapters on how to fix America. This week, the multi-platinum guitar icon, best-selling author and outspoken activist sent the book — due October 6 via Regnery Publishing — to Palin with a note in praise of the vice presidential nominee's "bold spirit."

Wrote Nugent: "We who live our American Dream by God, truth, logic, goodwill and decency, thank you for bringing such defiant common sense and self evident truth back to the GOP and politics." More...

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Guitar Hero: World Tour Setlist Revealed

The makers of the forthcoming new game, Guitar Hero:World Tour has announced the final tracklisting for the game which is as follows:

311 - “Beautiful Disaster”
30 Seconds To Mars - “The Kill”
Airbourne - “Too Much Too Young”
The Allman Brothers Band - “Ramblin’Man”
Anouk - “Good God”
The Answer - “Never Too Late”
At The Drive-In - “One Armed Scissor”
Beastie Boys - “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”
Beatsteaks - “Hail to the Freaks”
Billy Idol - “Rebel Yell”
Black Label Society - “Stillborn”
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - “Weapon of Choice”
Blink-182 - “Dammit”
Blondie - “One Way or Another”
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band - “Hollywood Nights”
Bon Jovi - “Livin’On A Prayer”
Bullet For My Valentine - “Scream Aim Fire”
Coldplay - “Shiver”
Creedence Clearwater Revival - “Up Around The Bend”
The Cult - “Love Removal Machine”
Dinosaur Jr. - “Feel The Pain”
The Doors - “Love Me Two Times”
Dream Theater - “Pull Me Under”
The Eagles - “Hotel California”
The Enemy - “Aggro”
Filter - “Hey Man, Nice Shot”
Fleetwood Mac - “Go Your Own Way”
Foo Fighters - “Everlong”
The Guess Who - “American Woman”
Hush Puppies - “You’re Gonna Say Yeah!”
Interpol - “Obstacle 1?
Jane’s Addiction - “Mountain Song”
Jimi Hendrix - “Purple Haze (Live)”
Jimi Hendrix - “The Wind Cries Mary”
Jimmy Eat World - “The Middle”
Joe Satriani - “Satch Boogie”
Kent - “Vinternoll2?
Korn - “Freak On A Leash”
Lacuna Coil - “Our Truth”
Lenny Kravitz - “Are You Gonna Go My Way”
Linkin Park - “What I’ve Done”
The Living End - “Prisoner of Society”
Los Lobos - “La Bamba”
Lostprophets - “Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)”
Lynyrd Skynyrd - “Sweet Home Alabama (Live)”
Mars Volta - “L’Via L’Viaquez”
MC5’s Wayne Kramer - “Kick Out The Jams”
Metallica - “Trapped Under Ice”
Michael Jackson - “Beat It”
Modest Mouse - “Float On”
Motorhead - “Overkill”
Muse - “Assassin”
Negramaro - “Nuvole e Lenzuola”
Nirvana - “About a Girl (Unplugged)”
No Doubt - “Spiderwebs”
NOFX - “Soul Doubt”
Oasis - “Some Might Say”
Ozzy Osbourne - “Crazy Train”
Ozzy Osbourne - “Mr. Crowley”
Paramore - “Misery Business”
Pat Benatar - “Heartbreaker”
R.E.M. - “The One I Love”
Radio Futura - “Escuela De Calor”
Rise Against - “Re-Education Through Labor”
Sex Pistols - “Pretty Vacant”
Silversun Pickups - “Lazy Eye”
Smashing Pumpkins - “Today”
Steely Dan - “Do It Again”
Steve Miller Band - “The Joker”
Sting - “Demolition Man (Live)”
The Stone Roses - “Love Spreads”
Stuck In The Sound - “Toy Boy”
Sublime - “Santeria”
Survivor - “Eye of the Tiger”
System of a Down - “B.Y.O.B.”
Ted Nugent - “Stranglehold”
Tokio Hotel - “Monsoon”
Tool - “Parabola”
Tool - “Schism”
Tool - “Vicarious”
Trust - “Antisocial”
Van Halen - “Hot For Teacher”
Willie Nelson - “On The Road Again”
Wings - “Band on the Run”

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Ted Nugent To Appear In Guitar Hero: World Tour

Ted Nugent is the latest rock legend to be added to the forthcoming game, Guitar Hero: World Tour. He will join Ozzy Osbourne, Jimi Hendrix and Sting as one of the games boss duel characters, providing his voice and likeness. his song "Stranglehold" will also be featured in the game.

Guitar Hero:World Tour will be released in Winter.

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Ted Nugent Cancels Helsinki Date

Helsinki's Free! Magazine reports:

The concert by TED NUGENT in Helsinki has been cancelled. The American rock musician was scheduled to play at the Cable Factory in the capital on July 7th.

The concert will not take place because of disappointing ticket sales. Nugent apparently didn’t want to perform in a hall that wasn’t full.

Ticket holders can return their tickets and ask for their money back at Lippupalvelu ticket outlets.

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Death Angel Confirmed For Magic Circle Festival

San Francisco thrash metal pioneers Death Angel have been confirmed as the latest addition to a stellar Magic Circle Festival lineup. The Magic Circle Festival will be held in Bad Arolsen/Germany from July 9 to 12, 2008. Death Angel will be performing as a special guest at the MCF Events Hall on Thursday, July 10th.

The latest festival itinerary is as follows:

17:30 - 18:15 BENEDICTUM
18:45 - 19:45 MSG
20:15 - 21:15 TED NUGENT
22:00 - 23:15 ALICE COOPER More...

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Ted Nugent Posts New Song Online

Ted Nugent has posted a brand new song online called "I AM THE N.R.A." which can be purchased online at his official website or the official website of the N.R.A.

Ted Nugent says of the song: “We debuted the ultimate soundtrack for freedom lovers everywhere with my new song ‘I AM THE NRA’ to thunderous applause and spontaneous dancing in the aisles. Real honest to God Motor City rock-n-roll goes perfectly with the spirit of gun lovers everywhere.”

“We know in our hearts and souls that God gave each of us a precious, equal, miraculous gift of life. And we also know, that if not for the formation and growth of this fundamental grassroots organization, individual American citizens would no longer have that US Constitutionally guaranteed God given right to keep and bear arms for the protection of this gift. Thank God for the NRA.”

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Ted Nugent Announces "Rolling Thunder" Tour Dates

Legendary rocker Ted Nugent has confirmed the following "Rolling Thunder" tour dates:

Jun. 07 - Sandusky, OH - Ohio Bike Week
Jun. 09 - Phoenix, AZ - Celebrity Theater
Jun. 10 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Jun. 12 - Bakersfield, CA - Fox Theater
Jun. 13 - Pozo, CA - Pozo Theater
Jun. 14 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
Jun. 15 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
Jun. 17 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
Jun. 19 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
Jun. 20 - Agoura Hills, CA - Canyon Club
Jun. 21 - Kelseyville, CA - Konocti Harbor
Jul. 03 - Naperville, IL - Rib Fest
Jul. 04 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Center
Jul. 07 - Helsinki, Finland - Cable Factory
Jul. 08 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Tradgaarn
Jul. 09 - Malmo, Sweden - KB
Jul. 11 - Zaragoza, Spain - Monsters of Rock Festival
Jul. 12 - Amsterdam, Holland - Melkweg
Jul. 13 - Weert, Netherlands - Bospop - Sportpark Boshoven
Jul. 14 - London, England - IndigO2
Jul. 18 - Durant, OK - Choctaw Casino
Jul. 19 - Miami, OK - Buffalo Run Casino
Jul. 23 - London, ON - Rock the Park 5
Jul. 24 - Edmonton, AB - River Cree Casino
Jul. 25 - Vancouver, BC - Boulevard Casino
Jul. 26 - Tacoma, WA - Emerald Queen Casino
Jul. 27 - Kellogg, ID - Silver Mtn. Ampith
Jul. 30 - Davenport, IA - Mississippi Valley Fair
Jul. 31 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
Aug. 01 - Tulsa, OK - Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino
Aug. 02 - Ft. Worth, TX - Billy Bob's
Aug. 05 - Jackson, MI - Jackson County Fair
Aug. 08 - Toledo, OH - Lucas County Fairgrounds
Aug. 09 - Columbus, OH - Ohio State Fair
Aug. 10 - Hamburg, NY - Erie County Fair
Aug. 12 - Waukegan, IL - Genesee Theater
Aug. 13 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Aug. 14 - De Pere, WI - Brown County Fair
Aug. 15 - Beaver Dam, WI - Dodge County Fair
Aug. 17 - Winter Park, CO - Hawgfest 2008
Aug. 21 - Jim Thorpe, PA - Penn's Peak
Aug. 22 - Big Flats, NY - Summer Stage
Aug. 24 - Westbury, NY - Capital One Bank Theater
Aug. 28 - Syracuse, NY - NY State Fair
Aug. 31 - Indianapolis, IN - Military Park
Sep. 26 - Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Casino
Sep. 27 - Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Casino

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More Bands Confirmed For Magic Circle Festival

Michael Schenker Group (MSG), Beloved Enemy, Titanium Black, Mob Rules and Benedictum have been confirmed for the Magic Circle Festival 2008, set to take place July 9-12 in Bad Arolsen, Germany.

These bands are added to the already impressive list including Manowar, Alice Cooper, Brazen Abbot, Def Leppard, Doro, Holyhell, Ted Nugent, W.A.S.P., and Whitesnake.

Also, a third full day of music has been added to the Magic Circle Festival at no additional charge. "Magic Circle Music is all about value for the fans, and three nights at the original price is the best way we could think of to add to that value," says Magic Circle Music founder and MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio.

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Third Night Confirmed for Magic Circle Fest 2008

The rock ‘n’ roll rebel Ted Nugent is the latest artist confirmed to perform at the spectacular Magic Circle Festival 2008 in Bad Arolsen, Germany. Ted Nugent joins an impressive lineup that includes heavy metal powerhouses Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, WASP, Doro, Brazen Abbot (featuring Joe Lynn Turner), HolyHell, Gotthard and many more, with the mighty MANOWAR headlining the whole festival and celebrating the 20th anniversary of “The Kings of Metal.”

Two days of music was not enough to contain such an impressive lineup, so a third full day of music has been added to the Magic Circle Festival at no additional charge. “Magic Circle Music is all about value for the fans, and three nights at the original price is the best way we could think of to add to that value,” says Magic Circle Music founder and MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio. The Magic Circle festival will begin on Wednesday, July 9 with opening ceremonies, followed by three days of music on Thursday, July 10 with Alice Cooper appearing as very special guest, Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12

Tickets for the Magic Circle Festival are available now at www.magiccirclefestival.com, www.nuclearblast.de, www.ticketsonline.de, www.eventim.de, www.ticketagenten.de.

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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:


Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
Dirk Schlächter (GAMMA RAY)
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D)
Nibbs (SAXON)
Tobias Exxel (EDGUY)
Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69)
Peter Baltes (ACCEPT)
Jan S. Eckert (MASTERPLAN)
Michael Müller (JADED HEART)


Jesper Binzer (D-A-D)


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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