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Diamond Head

Formed: 1976
From: Stourbridge, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Diamond Head News

Below is our complete Diamond Head 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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Denim And Leather: Celebrating 35 Years Of NWOBHM

This month marks thirty five years since one of the most important terms in heavy metal history was coined. After a show featuring Iron Maiden, Angel Witch and Samson, Sounds writer Geoff "Deaf" Barton wrote a review of the concert in which a phrase was used that still stands strong today. It was the time when head banging public was introduced to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The term was arguably created to cause a stir amongst fans who would argue that heavy metal bands in Britain was nothing new and that the likes of Black Sabbath and Judas Priest had been packing out large venues and appearing on such television shows as Top of the Pops for the last few years, despite the dominance of punk rock. However, these bands were different. They possessed the energy of punk but had the look and volume of the early metal bands before them. They took heavy metal away from the grandiose indulgence which some bands had become embroiled in and brought it back to the common man.

It was truly an exciting movement, full of high quality bands which would go on to influence hundreds more and in some cases, become superstars themselves. More or less every metal fan will be able to tell you that Iron Maiden was one such NWOBHM band, with a slightly smaller number being able to point to Def Leppard as another group from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal who went on to stardom after the release of their excellent self-titled EP and debut album, "On Through the Night," following which they shifted direction to the band we know today. More...

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Diamond Head Announces U.S. Shows

NWOBHM act Diamond Head is heading back to the U.S. this Fall, and bringing along fellow Raven. Brian Tatler, guitarist for Diamond Head, comments on the upcoming tour:

"Diamond Head is excited to be returning to the United States for a full West coast tour staring in Vancouver and finishing up in Texas. Special guests for all the dates will be NWOBHM legends Raven. We will of course play the classics but it will be a different show from the successful East coast tour we did earlier this year"."

10/8 – Vancouver, Canada @ Rickshaw Theater
10/9 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
10/10 – Spokane, WA @ The Hop
10/11 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
10/12 – Reno, NV @ JubJub’s
10/15 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
10/16 – Santa Ana, CA @ Malone’s
10/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Vex
10/18 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
10/19 – Corona, CA @ M15 Concert Club
10/20 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vamp’d
10/22 – Northglenn, CO @ Cheers
10/23 – Kansas City, KS @ Riot Room
10/24 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room
10/25 – Dallas, TX @ The Boiler Room

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Raven Announces More Tour Dates

New wave of British heavy metal act Raven is embarking on a U.S. and Canadian tour in support of the documentary DVD entitled "Rock Until You Drop - A Long Day's Journey," which documents the band's almost 40 year career. The DVD was released July 16th via Steamhammer/SPV in North America.

In addition to previously announced dates, Raven has confirmed a co-headlining run with Diamond Head. These special shows kick off October 16th in Vancouver, BC and are scheduled to run through October 25th in Dallas, TX. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Joining the tour will be special guests and long time friends Mpire of Evil, which features ex-Venom members Tony Dolan (Demolition Man) and Jeff Dunn (Mantas) together with drummer JXN Jackson. The first leg will start in Lake Worth, FL on September 11th and end in Columbus, OH on October 2nd. More...

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Diamond Head To Be Joined On Tour By Raven

New Wave of British Heavy Metal champions Diamond Head has announced that they will be joined on their upcoming tour of North America by fellow NWOBHM veterans, Raven. Diamond Head will return to the United States in October to perform on the West Coast and the south, which they have been unable to reach on this leg. It is unknown whether Raven will serve as the main support on the second leg. The band has also added several new stops to their scheduled tour of the United States and Canada, and their itinerary is now as follows:

April 10 - White Marsh, MD - House of Rock
April 11 - Wilmington, DE - Mojo 13
April 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus Bar
April 13 - Amityville, NY - Ollies Point Place
April 14 - Seymour, CT - Dewy’s
April 15 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes Électrique
April 16 - Quebec City, QC - Coop l'Agité
April 17 - Clarence, NY - Club Infinity
April 18 - New Castle , PA - Chance Nite Club
April 19 - Toronto, ON - Hard Luck
April 20 - Lansing, MI - Uli’s House of Rock
April 21 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
April 22 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody ’s
April 23 - Columbus , OH - The Shrunken Head
April 25 - Long Branch, NJ - Brighton Bar
April 26 - North Hampton , PA - The Gin Mill and Grille

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Diamond Head Announces North American Tour Dates

New Wave of British Heavy Metal stalwarts Diamond Head has announced a string of shows in the United States and Canada, which will take place this April. This will be the first of two North America tours, with the second leg planned to take place this October. The tour dates are as follows:

April 10 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
April 11 - Wilmington, DE - Mojo 13
April 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus Bar
April 13 - Amityville, NY - Ollies Point Place
April 14 - Seymour, CT - Dewy’s
April 15 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes Électrique
April 16 - Quebec City, QC - Coop l'Agité
April 17 - Clarence, NY - Club Infinity
April 18 - Pittsburgh, PA - Dead Horse Cantina and Music Hall
April 19 - Toronto, ON - Hard Luck
April 20 - Lansing, MI - Uli’s House of Rock
April 21 - Chicago, IL - Reggies
April 22 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody ’s
April 25 - Long Branch, NJ - Brighton Bar
April 26 - Allentown, PA - Jimmy’s Place

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Former Diamond Head Drummer Passes Away

Although no details have been revealed as of yet, a post from the official Diamond Head Facebook page has announced that the band's former drummer Robbie France, passed away on Saturday the 14th of January. France was the drummer in the legendary New Wave Of British Heavy Metal group from 1983 to 1985, joining the band shortly after the release of the "Canterbury" album and staying with them until their first break up two years later. France also spent time with British hard rock legends UFO and Wishbone Ash, as well as alternative rock outfit, Skunk Anansie. More details will be revealed as they become available.

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Girlschool Drops Off Diamond Head Tour

Although the two bands had scheduled a few dates in North America together, with more expected to be announced, all female heavy metal legends Girlschool have announced that they have been forced to pull out of their proposed tour supporting fellow New Wave Of British Heavy Metal favourites, Diamond Head. A statement from the group's management reads as follows:

"The main reason for that is the fact that the main sponsor wanted to wait for the album to be released in the US before the band went over to tour.

"This was for the company extremely important and also for us the only possible way to bring the band to the US and join Diamond head on their tour.

"For that reason, the financial situation has become absolutely impossible to work with forcing us to cancel the entire tour. As soon as we have a definite release date for Hit And Run revisited in the US we will be back!"

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Full Lineup For 2011 Heavy MTL Festival Announced

Death metal veterans Morbid Angel have announced that they will be taking part in the forthcoming edition of the Heavy MTL festival. Heavy MTL 2011 is set to take place on July 23rd and 24th at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. You can view the entire festival lineup below.

Saturday, July 23:
DISTURBED
GODSMACK
BILLY TALENT
IN FLAMES
TRIVIUM
MACHINE HEAD
UNEARTH
SUICIDE SILENCE
KINDGOM OF SORROW
ALL SHALL PERISH
RED FANG
STRAIGHT LINE STITCH
BLACKGUARD
CRYPTOPSY
DEAD & DIVINE
NECRONOMICON
SLAVES ON DOPE
MASS MURDER MESSIAH
GRIMSKUNK

Sunday, July 24:
KISS
MOTÖRHEAD
MORBID ANGEL
ANNIHILATOR
OPETH
ANTHRAX
CHILDREN OF BODOM
AS I LAY DYING
THE SWORD
TIMES OF GRACE
DEVILDRIVER
DIAMOND HEAD
GIRLSCHOOL
ENDAST
GORGUTS
LAZURUS A.D.
LES GUENILLES
THE CATALYST
ANONYMUS

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Eight More Bands Confirmed For Sonisphere UK

The organisers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival has announced eight more bands for this year's event. Amongst the new confirmations are rap legends House Of Pain, Swedish metal outfit Arch Enemy and Fozzy, the band fronted by wrestling superstar Chris Jericho and featuring members of Stuck Mojo. Also newly confirmed for the bill are Youmeatsix, Sum 41, All Time Low, Periphery and Grinspoon. The festival will be held at Knebworth from July 8th-10th and features the following lineup:

Metallica
Slipknot
Megadeth
Slayer
Anthrax
Diamond Head
Biffy Clyro
Airbourne
All Time Low
Arch Enemy
Architects
Fozzy
Gallows
Gojira
Grinspoon
House Of Pain
In Flames
Inme
Kids In Glass Houses
Limp Bizkit
Mastodon
Motorhead
One Minute Silence
Parkway Drive
Periphery
Protest The Hero
Sum 41
Sisters Of Mercy
Volbeat
Weezer
Youmeatsix

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Nine More Bands Confirmed For Sonisphere U.K.

The organizers of the British leg of the Sonisphere Festival have confirmed a further nine bands for the event, which include Limp Bizkit, Gojira, Volbeat, Protest The Hero, Kids In Glass Houses, Gallows, One Minute Silence, Inme, and The Sisters Of Mercy. The event will be held at Knebworth from July 8th - 10th and will feature the following lineup:

Metallica
Megadeth
Anthrax
Slayer
Slipknot
Diamond Head
Biffy Clyro
Weezer
Airbourne
Limp Bizkit
Motorhead
Mastodon
Inme
The Sisters Of Mercy
Gallows
In Flames
Gojira
Volbeat
Architects
Kids In Glass Houses
Protest The Hero
One Minute Silence
Parkway Drive

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More Bands Confirmed For Sonisphere U.K.

The organizers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival have confirmed a number of new additions to the event. New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Diamond Head have been confirmed for the Friday date, which will also feature the "Big Four" of thrash metal. In addition to this, Weezer, Architects and Aussie rockers, Airbourne have also been confirmed. Speaking on the confirmation, Diamond Head guitarist Brian Tatler stated:

"Diamond Head have been given the fantastic opportunity of opening for the BIG 4 at this years Sonisphere festival, Knebworth Friday 8th July. This will be Diamond Head’s biggest ever show and myself and the other band members are very excited and looking forward to what will be an historic event. Knebworth is one of those venues you only dream of playing. I saw Led Zeppelin there in 1979 and never imagined that one day I would be on that stage, it proves the saying ‘anything is possible’! It also means I get to see my friends in Metallica and Megadeth once again which is always fun; I owe both Lars Ulrich and Dave Mustaine a beer."

The event will take place from July 8th - 10th at Knebworth and features the following confirmed bands:

Metallica
Megadeth
Slayer
Anthrax
Diamond Head
Motorhead
Slipknot
Weezer
Biffy Clyro
Mastodon
In Flames
Airbourne
Parkway Drive
Architects

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Diamond Head To Perform Classic Album In Full

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal champions Diamond Head has announced that they will be performing their classic album, "Lightning To The Nations" from start to finish on their upcoming tour dates in celebration of the record's thirtieth anniversary.

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Big Four Cover Diamond Head Together In Bulgaria

Members of thrash metal's four biggest bands, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer, joined forces tonight in Sofia, Bulgaria, to perform a cover of the classic Diamond Head song, "Am I Evil?" You can check out fan filmed footage of the performance below. The four bands are currently touring together for the first time in their lengthy careers as part of the Sonisphere Festival circuit in Europe. More...

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Diamond Head To Release BBC Sessions Album

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Diamond Head has announced that they will be releasing a double CD of BBC recordings that combines the band’s In Session and In Concert recordings on one CD for the first time. The set culminates in the Milton Keynes Bowl show, the night they opened for Metallica in 1993 and includes their Reading Festival set from 1982, described by the band as "the peak of their career… as good as it got." The two disc anthology will be released on August 2nd through Universal. More...

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More Bands Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell IV

The organisers of Britain's Hard Rock Hell festival has announced some more additions to this years lineup. The biggest news is that British heavy metal staples Saxon will be returning to the event this year and that German power metal veterans Helloween will be joining them. Also added to the bill is New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band Blitzkrieg and Swedish glam metal band Fatal Smile. The event is scheduled to take place in Prestatyn, Wales at the Pontins resort from December 3rd-5th.

The lineup now features the following bands: More...

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Diamond Head Guitarist To Guest On Planet Rock

Diamond Head guitarist and co-founder Brian Tatler will be appearing on Planet Rock, a classic rock radio station in the United Kingdom, tomorrow at 6PM (English time) to discuss his new autobiography, "Am I Evil?." You can tune into Planet Rock by heading here.

Diamond Head will be appearing at the Hard Rock Hell festival this December along with many other New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans such as Tank, Paul Di'anno, Pagan Altar and many more.

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Hard Rock Hell Announces NWOBHM Stage

The organisers of Britain's Hard Rock Hell festival has announced that this year will feature a special NWOBHM stage which will feature performances from some of the most revered names from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. The bands confirmed for this stage include Jaguar, Tokyo Blade, Pagan Altar, Cloven Hoof, Bitches Sin, Spartan Warrior and Marseille, who will be opening up stage 2 on the saturday, to showcase material from their forthcoming new album, "Unfinished Business."

The festival takes in Prestatyn, Wales from the 3rd-5th of December and is already nearly sold out. Other bands confirmed for the festival include:

UFO
Skid Row
Uriah Heep
Michael Schenker Group
Blaze Bayley
Paul Di'anno
Diamond Head
Tank
Enuff Z'Nuff
Pretty Boy Floyd
L.A. Guns

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Two More Bands Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell IV

The organisers of Britains Hard Rock Hell IV festival has announced that two more legendary British bands in the form of UFO and Uriah Heep, will be performing at this years event. The festival will take place at Prestatyn in North Wales from December 3rd-5th at the Pontins holiday resort.

The lineup for the festival is now as follows:

Blaze Bayley
Diamond Head
Enuff Z'Nuff
L.A. Guns
Michael Schenker Group
Paul Di'anno
Pretty Boy Floyd
Skid Row
Tank
UFO
Uriah Heep

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First Bands Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell IV

The organisers of the British festival Hard Rock Hell has announced the first batch of bands for this year's version of the event. The festival will take place at Pontins in Prestatyn, Wales and will feature performances from former Iron Maiden vocalists Paul Di'anno and Blaze Bayley, as well as New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Diamond Head and Tank. Also on the bill will be Pretty Boy Floyd, Skid Row, Michael Schenker Group, L.A. Guns and Enuff Z'nuff.

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Sunday Old School: Diamond Head

Following on from last weeks article where we looked at Venom, a hugely influential band from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement, we're continuing the trend this week by looking at one of their fellow N.W.O.B.H.M. acts, Diamond Head. Diamond Head is considered in this day and age one of the most influential acts of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and have been championed by numerous big name bands such as Exodus, Megadeth and Metallica to name a few. Diamond Head was the hot tip at the time to follow Iron Maiden in becoming not just another band from the movement, but a major act themselves. Unfortunately, although signed to a major label, the band never got the success and fame many expected they would achieve. In some cases today they are a band heard in name only, many knowing of their existence but less are aware of the actual music with the exception of cover versions bigger acts have done.

The band was formed in 1976 in the town of Stourbridge in England's Midlands region and continued for several years to hunt for success. The group took their name from an album by Phil Manzanera, the former lead guitarist of Roxy Music. The band would often refuse to perform cover songs, eventually making the exception for the Black Sabbath classic, "Paranoid." Though they self-financed many demos and released them independently, they struggled to find record label interest, though they were able to attract the attention of popular rock and metal artists of the time and secure support slots with the likes of AC/DC and Iron Maiden.

The band released their first album, which is often reffered to as "Lightning To The Nations" (though it never officially had a title) in 1980 through their own record label, Happy Face Records and received much critical acclaim for the record. This led to the band signing to MCA Records the following year and releasing their next album, "Borrowed Time." The album hit the number 24 mark in the British album charts and enabled the band to venture on their own headlining tour of the United Kingdom.

Diamond Head suffered from several line up changes and break-ups over the years and today guitarist Brian Tatler remains the sole original member of the band. Since their most recent reformation in 2000, the band has released two studio albums with the new line-up entitled "All Will Be Revealed" and "What's In Your Head?" with plans to record another album well underway.

Diamond Head - "Am I Evil?"
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