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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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Diamond Head Announces First Ever Australian Tour

Diamond Head, the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band championed by many thrash metal legends, will making their way down to Australia for some shows for the first time in their career next month. A message from the band reads as follows:

"This is the first time that the band have ever played any Australian dates and needless to say they are all looking forward to these festival dates.

Saturday, April 11th
Rock Out Festival
Queensland Raceway, Ipswich, Australia.
On Stage 5.30pm

Saturday, April 18th
Rock Out Festival
Eastern Creek Raceway, Australia
On Stage 5.00pm

Saturday, April 25th
Rock Out Festival
Calder Park Raceway, Kailor, Australia
On Stage 5.30pm

"Finally, Aussie fans will have their appetites for hard-hitting, uncompromising, unrelenting hard rock and heavy metal satisfied on a scale never seen before on the East Coast of Australia. For three days fans can live and breathe their passion for blistering guitars, pounding drum rhythms, and intense screaming vocals. Acts include GIRLSCHOOL, ROSE TATTOO, CRIMSON FIRE, SAKKUTH, FIXER, SCARLET SINS, THE RADIATORS, MORTAL SIN, VANISHING POINT, INK, DOUBLE DRAGON, EYEFEAR, THE AMENTA, EARTH with more international and local acts to be announced shortly. Acts subject to change per the promoters discretion. The Brisbane and Melbourne venues will have camping facilities on-site - including three day festival passes – so fans can experience a European style musical journey without leaving the heart of the action."

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NWOBHM Special To Air Tomorrow

Planet Rock, Britain's leading rock station will be airing a special tomorrow at 6PM U.K. time. Appearing on the show will be Iron Maiden/former Samson singer Bruce Dickinson, Saxon lead vocalist Biff Byford, Diamond Head guitarist Brian Tatler, Tygers Of Pan Tang's Jess Cox and the infamous Thunderstick who's past bands include Iron Maiden and Samson. You can listen to the show by heading to the stations website.

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Lemmy To Appear In Guitar Hero: Metallica

Motorhead's godly frontman Lemmy will be appearing in the forthcoming new video game Guitar Hero:Metallica. "It's great to be in 'Guitar Hero' with all these famous people and I'm really pleased to be in it with Metallica," Lemmy said, "but [frontman] James [Hetfield] is still taller than me."

The tracklisting for the game is as follows:

Metallica songs:

All Nightmare Long
Creeping Death
Disposable Heroes
Dyers Eve
Enter Sandman
Fade To Black
Fight Fire With Fire
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Hit The Lights
King Nothing
Master of Puppets
Mercyful Fate (Medley)
No Leaf Clover
Nothing Else Matters
Sad But True
Seek And Destroy
The Memory Remains
The Shortest Straw
The Thing That Should Not Be
The Unforgiven
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Wherever I May Roam

Other artists: More...

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Guitar Hero: Metallica Tracklisting Revealed

Metallica has now revealed the tracklisting for Guitar Hero: Metallica. As previously reported, Guitar Hero: Metallica will be hitting the streets on March 29 with some really cool features like different classic venues such as the L.A. Forum, Tushino Airfield, and The Hammersmith Odeon, the ability to play as us or in single instrument mode, and even the Expert+ setting with double bass drum kick pedals.

Here are the songs on the game, both from Metallica and other bands that they "admire and even call friends": More...

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Diamond Head Drummer Posts Band Update

Diamond Head drummer Karl Wilcox has checked in with the following update:

"Greetings from DH-Q..

"I thought it would be worth bringing you up to date on activities within the Diamond Head-quarters. More...

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Diamond Head Cancels Nuneaton Show

Diamond Head have posted the following message:

"Unfortunately, the show in Nuneaton (England) on Saturday, May 3rd has been cancelled.

"The promoter has cancelled this show after trying to renegotiate the terms intially agreed at such a late stage and this was totally unworkable for the band.

"We apologise to any fans in the area looking to attend for this inconvenience."

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Diamond Head Cancel Manchester Show

Influential New Wave Of British Heavy Metal rockers Diamond Head have posted the following message:

"Unfortunately, the show in Manchester on Friday, April 18th has been cancelled. Apologies for the short notice on this for anybody intending on going."

The remainder of the Diamond Head tour is as follows

19 - Sawyers - Kettering, UK
24 - Royal Function Rooms - Rochester, UK
25- The Twist - Colchester, UK
26 - The Intake Club - Mansfield, UK

1 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK
2 - Sin City - Swansea, UK
3 - Queens Hall - Nuneaton, UK
4 - The Junction - York, UK

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NWOBHM DVD Due Out In June

It's been announced that a new DVD entitled Iron Maiden And The New Wave Of British Of Heavy Metal will be released on June 10th via MVD Entertainment. The documentary is described by its distributors as follows:

"Back in 1976, nobody really knew that there was an old wave of British Heavy Metal. But within two years of their formation, Iron Maiden had spearheaded what came to be abbreviated the NWOBHM, and as with punk the year before, a new generation of Rock musicians bought in a new wave of the genre - and in the process made loud, raw, heavy rock the global phenomenon it is today. For the first time this film investigates this New Wave - the bands, the records, the media and the series of unconnected events that led to this astonishing, durable and still hugely relevant form which is still heard today in virtually every rock record released. Focusing on Maiden and the other pivotal bands of the time, such as SAXON, SAMSON, PRAYING MANTIS, DIAMOND HEAD, TYGERS OF PAN TANG and many others, this DVD is the ultimate expose of a style that may not get as much press as punk, but is equally as relevant to the music of the second millennium. It features rare footage of all the main NWOBHM bands; Live and studio recordings of the pivotal tracks; Scarce news items and archive of the movement, from the time, as it unfolded around the UK; Seldom seen photographs, many from private collections. It also includes exclusive interviews with many of the major players, including, Iron Maiden's PAUL DIANNO and Dennis Stratton, Diamond Head's Brian Tatler, Tygers Of Pan Tang's Rob Weir, Samson's legendary drummer Thundersticks, Tino and Chris Troy from Praying Mantis, the current line-up of GIRLSCHOOL and many other high profile names from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. There's also commentary, review and expertise from; Malcolm Dome [Kerrang, Classic Rock] Jerry Ewing [Metal Hammer, Classic Rock] Geoff Barton [staff writer at Sounds during the New Wave] Garry Bushell [Sounds journalist and champion of NWOBHM] Neil Kay [legendary metal DJ from the Soundhouse club] and British metal author and journalist, Joel McIver."

In addition to the documentary, there will also be extended interviews and a NWOBHM interactive challenge.

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Diamond Head Post New Video Online

Legendary British metal act DIAMOND HEAD release their sixth studio album, What's In Your Head?, through Dingwall Music last summer. The band have unveiled their new video for the track 'Skin On Skin' - click below to view.

What's In Your Head? features the following 11 new songs and artwork by Rory Fioritto: 'Skin On Skin', 'I Feel No Pain', 'This Planet And Me', 'Reign Supreme', 'Killing Me', 'Tonight', 'Pray For Me', 'What's In Your Head?', 'Nothing To Lose', 'Calling Out', 'Victim' and 'This Is War' (Japanese bonus track).

Influential to an entire generation of hard rock musicians - METALLICA's Lars Ulrich and MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine amongst them - Diamond Head continue to make world class heavy metal of a quality few are able to match. More...

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Diamond Head Announce U.K. Shows

Diamond Head are to play Glasgow Barfly April 17, Manchester Academy III 18, Kettering Racecourse 19, Rochester Royal Functions Room 24, Colchester Twist 25, Mansfield Intake 26, Nottingham Rock City Basement May 1, Swansea Sin City 2, Nuneaton Queens Hall 3, York Junction 4

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Diamond Head Guitarist Reveals Spinal Tap Moments

Get Ready To Roll! recently conducted an interview with DIAMOND HEAD guitarist Brian Tatler. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Get Ready To Roll!: 2007 turned out to be a phenomenal year for DIAMOND HEAD, and especially a very exciting time for the fans as the tours with TESLA and THIN LIZZY seemed to pop up out of nowhere. How did these tours come about, and what have been the highlights of the last twelve months for you?

Tatler: We were in the right place at the right time, and of course able to say yes. You have to be on the radar to get gigs like this and we have been working hard for a number of years now to get to this posistion. The highlight was the THIN LIZZY tour — it was a great opportunity for DIAMOND HEAD and we all enjoyed it. It has been Ab's [guitarist Andy Abberley's] ambition to play Hammersmith Apollo and we did that so that's one off the list!

Get Ready To Roll!: The reviews of "What's In Your Head" have been very encouraging. How did that album come together?

Tatler: Nick and I started writing songs back in March 2005 and continued until we went into the studio September 2006. We had about thirteen days when we could use Dave "Shirt" Nicholls as he was on tour with STONE SOUR, and then we had November and December to finish writing the last few songs before Shirt came back at the end of January to record and mix the rest of the album. It took about 19 days to record and five days to mix, not including Karl's drums. He recorded the drums himself in San Francisco and sent them over on DVDs.

Get Ready To Roll!: DIAMOND HEAD albums have always shown progression — "Canterbury" was a massive departure from "Borrowed Time", your 1993 album "Death & Progress" was contemporary with the time, as are "All Will Be Revealed" and "What's In Your Head" — they all retain characteristic DIAMOND HEAD trademarks without sounding dated. How far are you influenced by current bands when you write?

Tatler: I try not to be influenced by current bands but little bits do creep into the writing process, and sometimes you need a point of reference when you're trying a new song out. It's a bit like...so that others can get a handle on it. It's interesting that I can take a snippet of an idea from another band and once the song is finished no one can spot where the original idea came from.

Get Ready To Roll!: Tell us some of your funniest "Spinal Tap" moments.

Tatler: We have had a few where we cannot find the stage from the dressing room. I remember once we played a gig up north in some cinema type place and there were loads of plant pots round the front of the stage so one of us said "You will have to move these," to which the theatre manager replied, "It was good enough for Roy Castle".... And one time the intro tape came on while we were still getting ready and we all panicked and quickly pulled on our trousers and ran onstage and played an awful gig. We would sleep in the back of the van sometimes when we could not find a B+B, and after one cold night Duncan was stuck to the steel floor — his sweat had frozen him to the floor of the van!

Read the full article at Get Ready To Roll.

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Diamond Head Confirm Japanese Live Date

NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD have issued the following update:

"Following a successful UK tour with THIN LIZZY, Diamond Head are thrilled to be playing in Japan in 2008. This will be the first time that the band have played Japan and look forward to playing for their Japanese fan base. The venue is Shibuya O-East and the date is Sunday, February 17th. It's a big hall and is considered to be one of Tokyo's premier venues. For more details visit Zak's website."

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Diamond Head To Play Italy Next April

According to a posting on the web site of the Italian booking and promotions company Pigsty Concerti, NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) legends DIAMOND HEAD will play three shows in Italy on April 11-13, 2008. More details will be announced soon.

DIAMOND HEAD is currently supporting THIN LIZZY on 14 dates of their UK tour.

The band's new album, "What's In Your Head?", was released on July 30. The CD was previously described by the band as "a powerful but varied collection of songs." The album includes the song "Reign Supreme", which is said to be "the heaviest track DIAMOND HEAD have recorded since 'Am I Evil?'" More...

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Diamond Head To Open For Thin Lizzy

UK NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD will join THIN LIZZY for select dates - from November 26th - December 13th - on their upcoming UK tour.

QUEENSRŸCHE were recently forced to cancel their upcoming tour of the UK with Thin Lizzy "due to a personal emergency."

Thin Lizzy's complete UK itinerary is as follows:

22 - Leicester, UK - De Montfort Hall
23 - Cambridge, UK - Corn Exchange
24 - Ipswich, UK - Regent
26 - Nottingham, UK - Royal Concert Hall (with Diamond Head)
27 - Birmingham, UK - Academy (with Diamond Head)
28 - Cardiff, UK - St David's Hall (with Diamond Head)
30 - Glasgow, Scotland - Academy (with Diamond Head)

1 - Aberdeen, Scotland - Music Hall (with Diamond Head)
2 - Newcastle, UK - City Hall (with Diamond Head)
4 - Sheffield, UK - City Hall (with Diamond Head)
5 - Manchester, UK - Apollo (with Diamond Head)
6 - Liverpool, UK - University (with Diamond Head)
8 - Bristol, UK - Colston Hall (with Diamond Head)
9 - Southampton, UK - Guildhall (with Diamond Head)
10 - Exeter, UK - University (with Diamond Head)
12 - Folkestone, UK - Leas Cliff (with Diamond Head)
13 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo (with Diamond Head)
16 - Belfast, Ireland - Belfast Waterfront Hall
17 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia Theatre
18 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia Theatre
20 - Castlebar, Ireland - Royal Theatre
21 - Killarney, Ireland - INEC

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Diamond Head To Do Birmingham Guitarfest

UK NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD have announced their participation in this year's Birmingham Guitarfest to be held on October 14th in Birmingham UK. The band will be performing a thirty minute set. Other artists set to appear include, include, Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), BERNIE MARSDEN, CHRIS GEORGE, GMT, MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO and JOHNNY HILAND.

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Diamond Head Albums To Be Re-Released

Metal Mind Productions will reissue DIAMOND HEAD's classic albums from the early '80s — "Borrowed Time" (1982) and "Canterbury" (1983) — on October 15 as limited-edition digipacks (limited to 2,000 copies) featuring bonus tracks. The details are as follows:

"Borrowed Time" (1982) re-release track listing:

01. In The Heat of the Night
02. To Heaven from Hell
03. Call Me
04. Lightning To the Nations
05. Borrowed Time
06. Don't You Ever Leave Me
07. Am I Evil?

Bonus tracks:

08. Trick or Treat
09. Dead Reckoning
10. Shoot Out The Lights
11. In The Heat Of The Night
12. Play It Loud (live)
13. Sweet And Innocent (live)
14. Interview with Sean Harris and Colin Kimberley by Tommy Vance recorded in June '82

"Canterbury" (1983) re-release track listing:

01. Makin' Music
02. Out of Phase
03. The Kingmaker
04. One More Night
05. To the Devil His Due
06. Knight of the Swords
07. Ishmael
08. I Need Your Love
09. Canterbury

Bonus tracks:

10. Makin' Music (extended)
11. Sucking My Love (live)
12. Andy Peebles interview incl. "To The Devil His Due"

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Classic Diamond Head Videos Revealed

Influential NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD have issued the following update:

"After being 'lost' for over 27 years, and much sought after by both the band and fans, Dave Brett has done a sterling job in not only tracking down two songs filmed for Look Hear in 1980, but he has also sent us copies and uploaded them on to YouTube. You can see the band playing 'Streets Of Gold' and 'Helpless' below.

"I have been wishing I could see these two very old very rare videos for almost 27 years," says guitarist Brian Tatler. "I only saw them once when the program Look Hear! was first broadcast in 1980 and no one had a video recorder then, so thanks to the Diamond Head website and a lot of perseverance we finally have a copy in our possession. I would like to thank Dave for sending them to us, I was 19 when this was recorded, happy times" More...

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Diamond Head Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell

UK NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD are the latest act confirmed for Britain's Hard Rock Hell - The Winter Ball festival which is taking place from November 9th - 11th at Butlins in Minehead, UK (Somerset).


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Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.

Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.

The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.

Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...

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Diamond Head Tracklisting, Art And Tour Revealed

DIAMOND HEAD's new album, "What's In Your Head?" , will be released on July 30 through Livewire/Cargo Records. Here is the complete track listing:

01. Skin On Skin
02. I Feel No Pain
03. This Planet And Me
04. Reign Supreme
05. Killing Me
06. Tonight
07. Pray For Me
08. What's In Your Head
09. Nothing To Lose
10. Calling Out
11. Victim

Here are the band's upcoming live dates:

July 20 - Kilkenny, Ireland - Ballykeefe Amphitheatre
July 21 - Cork, Ireland - Half Moon Theatre
July 22 - Limerick, Ireland - King John's Castle
July 23 - Galway, Ireland - The Warwick
July 24 - Dublin, Ireland - The Round Room
July 25 - Belfast, Ireland - The Rosetta Bar
Sept. 15 - Beselare, Belgium - Zaal Open Deur
Sept. 21 - Goes, Holland - 'T Beest
Sept. 22 - Rotterdam, Holland - Baroeg
Sept. 23 - Hoorn, Holland - Manifesto

You can also view the cover for the new album here http://www.diamond-head.net/WIYHcover.jpg

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