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Girlschool

Formed: 1977
From: London, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

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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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More Bands Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell V

Two more bands have been announced for this year's edition of Wales' Hard Rock Hell festival, both of which made their names in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal Movement. Cirencester based act Dealer will be performing at the event, as will fellow new confirmations Bronz. The festival boasts a host of other NWOBHM acts as well as others and will take place at Pontins in Prestatyn, North Wales from December 1st-4th.

The lineup is as follows:

Airrace
Azincourt
Dan Baird
Black Spiders
Black Stone Cherry
Bonafide
Bronz
Dealer
Demon
Girlschool
Hammerhead
Little Caesar
Magnum
Million Dollar Reload
Orange Goblin
Pallus
Praying Mantis
The Quireboys
Raven
Reckless Love
Sahg
Stampede
Therapy?
Tygers Of Pan Tang
Tyketto
Voodoo Johnson
Voodoo Six
Witchfynde
Wolfsbane

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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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Orange Goblin To Play Hard Rock Hell

Orange Goblin announced last month that the band will be entering the studio in August to record a new album. The band also also now been confirmed to appear at the Hard Rock Hell V festival, which takes place at Pontins, Prestatyn, North Wales from Thursday 1st of December to Sunday the 4th of December 2011.

Orange Goblin will play on the Main Stage on Saturday, December 3rd and other acts appearing over the weekend include Girlschool, Tygers of Pan Tang, Black Stone Cherry, The Quireboys, Raven, Praying Mantis, Tyketto, Black Spiders, SAHG, Therapy?, Wolfsbane, Witchfynde, an exclusive festival appearance by Ace Frehley and many more.

Check out this location for more details and ticket information.

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More Bands Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell V

The organisers of Britain's Hard Rock Hell festival has announced three more bands for this year's edition of the event. New Wave of British Heavy metal champions Tygers Of Pan Tang will be performing, as will their fellow NWOBHM comrades Girlschool, along with the also newly confirmed Magnum. The festival will take place from December 2nd-4th at Pontins in Prestatyn, North Wales and features the following lineup:

Black Spiders
Bonafide
Dan Baird
Girlschool
Little Caesar
Magnum
Quireboys
Reckless Love
Tygers Of Pan Tang

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Sunday Old School: Girlschool

Nowadays, heavy metal fans are pretty used to seeing women in bands. Arch Enemy, Lacuna Coil, Within Temptation to name some of the most successful. But in the late 1970s and early 1980s, heavy metal was seen as dominated by white males and bands were accused of scaring away potential female fans by having a macho image and misogynistic lyrics. However, this perception was changed, or at least altered somewhat by four women from London who called themselves, Girlschool. The band was originally a covers outfit named, Painted Lady but eventually decided to begin writing original material, taking their new name from the B-side of the hit song, "Mull Of Kintyre" by Wings. They released their first single, "Take It All Away" in 1978 and received some radio play, as well as a strengthened sense of enthusiasm from the British metal underground. Not least of the people to take an interest in the group was Motorhead main man Lemmy, who offered Girlschool a supporting slot on their "Overkill" tour. After supporting Welsh rock favourites, Budgie, the band auditioned for, and received, a record deal with Bronze Records.

The band then recorded their debut album, "Demolition," which was released in 1980. The album was well timed, as several other British heavy metal bands such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Motorhead all released albums which were wildly successful and helped the fledgling New Wave Of British Heavy Metal explode in popularity. "Demolition" was successful in and of itself too, reaching number 28 in the British album charts and featured some of the band’s best known work and saw Girlschool becoming one of the most popular bands in the movement. Their popularity continued to grow when they teamed up with Motorhead for an EP entitled, "St. Valentine’s Day Massacre" under the collective pseudonym, Headgirl, which reached number five in the British charts and featured the hit single, “Please Don’t Touch.” The band soon got back to their own work and released the album, "Hit And Run" in 1981, which was even more successful than it’s predecessor, reaching number five in the charts and earned the group supporting slots with the likes of Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Rush. More...

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Anvil Announces More European Shows

Canadian heavy metal veterans Anvil has announced some more tour dates for their forthcoming tour of Europe. All headlining shows will see them supported by New Wave Of British Heavy Metal outfit Girlschool and most shows in the United Kingdom will see Anvil supporting glam metal band Ratt.

The updated tour schedule is now as follows: More...

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Motorhead Takes Over The Swindon Oasis

It's almost a given that if you like any form of hard rock or metal, you like Motorhead. No other band has the longevity, the honesty and the volume that Motorhead carry with them at all times. Not only do they live rock and roll, they are the embodiment of it. So having them come to perform in Swindon (which they have only done about three times before in their 34 year history) was a real treat for all concerned.

Opening the show this evening was Girlschool, who have been going for nearly as long as Motorhead, forming in 1978. I unfortunately missed quite a bit of their set but what I did see was alot of fun. They gave a performance that showed how much they enjoy not playing their music, but being on the stage in general. They were definitely a great opening act and set the mood for the great evening of rock and roll that was to follow. I look forward to seeing them again in the future and hopefully getting there on time!

Next up was British punk rock legends The Damned. A little bit of pub trivia for you, The Damned were the first British punk band to release a single, an album and tour the United States, not the Sex Pistols as so many people believe. As Michael Caine might say, not alot of people know that! The Damned approached their live show with a great spirit and got plenty of the crowd excited from the opening sentence of "Hello... We're The Damned.... And we sound a bit like this... Is she really going out with him?" before the pounding drums of "New Rose" kicked off a fantastic performance. I personally had been wanting to see The Damned for six years and it was well worth the wait to see them tear through classic songs like "Neat, Neat, Neat" and "Love Song." They were also as hilarious as they were exciting, with guitarist Captain Sensible joking about the recent Morrissey show in Swindon that ended after the singer collapsed on stage after one song. He declared the tour to be "very anti-Simon Cowell" and a "celebration of rock and roll." They closed with the always classic anthem, "Smash It Up" which was followed with Captain Sensible running over to lead singer Dave Vanian's microphone to perform a bit of his 1980s novelty hit song, "Happy Talk" before being dragged off the stage by his guitar straps by Vanian. If I had to ask anything of The Damned, it would be that next time they play "Machine Gun Etiquette" and "Melody Lee." "Nasty" would be a good addition too, but really, those are only requests. If you're a fan of punk rock, go and see The Damned. You won't regret it!

"We are Motorhead... We play rock and roll" was the introductory growl from the iconic singing bass player Lemmy as the headliners took the stage. After that it was into the classic, "Iron Fist" and the onslaught of loud instruments and great songs continued from there. The energy the band brings didn't stop for a second and the band brought a few surprises into their set too, which is always good to hear, performing a cover of the Twisted Sister song, "Shoot 'em Down" and the acoustic blues vibe of "Whorehouse Blues." It was also nice to hear songs from their new album, "Motorizer" as well as songs from the previous two albums, "Inferno" and "Kiss Of Death." The band performed the awesome, "One Night Stand" from the latter album and "In The Name Of Tragedy" from the former. They also included timeless songs such as "Going To Brazil," "Killed By Death" and "Over The Top." Hearing the band playing "Bomber" felt fantastic as on the two occassions I had seen them before, they left it out from the set. And for the encore? What else would you expect than the song that defines heavy metal and hard rock and roll in general, "Ace Of Spades," followed by the title track of their second album, "Overkill." Motorhead proved once again why they are one of the true legends of rock with a performance that didn't falter once, great crowd interaction and timeless songs. All in all, it was a great night, though the crowd really were a disappointment. Alot of people in Swindon complain that they don't have a proper music venue to draw bigger acts but if they are as still as many in the crowd were for Motorhead, building a venue would just be a waste of money and time. That aside, if you live in the U.K. and you like your concerts to be f'ing loud (the "f" is not for fairly!) and alot of fun, then you simply have to catch this tour!

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Onslaught And More Added To Hard Rock Hell III

The third edition of the Hard Rock Hell festival in Wales has added some more bands to the current bill. The event will now feature performances from British thrash metal legends Onslaught as well as Evile, Toxic Holocaust and Susperia. The festival will be held between December 4th - 6th in Prestatyn in North Wales.

The lineup is now as follows:

ANGEL WITCH
CLOVEN HOOF
DEMON
EVILE
GIRLSCHOOL
LAUREN HARRIS
HYDROGYN
MARYA ROXX
NEW YORK DOLLS
ONSLAUGHT
QUEENSRŸCHE
THE QUIREBOYS
ROCK GODDESS
SONATA ARCTICA
SUSPERIA
TERRORVISION
TIGERTAILZ
TOXIC HOLOCAUST
W.A.S.P
WITCHFYNDE
WRATHCHILD

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More Bands Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell III

The organizers of the British rock festival Hard Rock Hell has announced that Angel Witch, Demon and Witchfynde are the latest bands to be added to the festival lineup. The event will be held in Prestatyn in North Wales at the Pontins resort.

The lineup so far is now as follows:

ANGEL WITCH
WITCHFYNDE
DEMON
GIRLSCHOOL
TERRORVISION
WRATHCHILD
LAUREN HARRIS
HYDROGYN
MARYA ROXX
NEW YORK DOLLS
QUEENSRŸCHE
THE QUIREBOYS
ROCK GODDESS
SONATA ARCTICA
TIGERTAILZ
W.A.S.P

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The Damned Added To Motorhead U.K. Tour

British punk legends The Damned has been confirmed as an additional support band for Motorhead on their tour of Great Britain later this year. All shows will also see a special guest slot from Girlschool. The tour is in support of Motorhead's latest record, "Motorizer" which is out now through SPV Records.

The tour dates are as follows:

November 11 - Plymouth, UK - Pavilion
November 12 - Bristol, UK - Colsten Hall
November 13 - Newport, UK - Centre
November 15 - Swindon, UK - Oasis
November 16 - Nottingham, UK - Royal Concert Hall
November 17 - Newcastle, UK - City Hall
November 19 - Glasgow, UK - Academy
November 20 - Leeds, UK - Academy
November 21 - Manchester, UK - Apollo
November 23 - Cambridge, UK - Corn Exchange
November 24 - Southend, UK - Cliffs Pavilion
November 25 - Portsmouth, UK - Guildhall
November 27 - Bournemonth, UK - Solent Hall
November 28 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
November 29 - Wolverhampton, UK - Civic Hall

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Australian's Rock Out Festival Postponed

Australia's recently announced Rock Out Festival has been postponed until later this year. Here's the update from the organizers:

“MTD4 and Blade Promotions after consultation with the venues and major stakeholders including the International Artists, have decided that it is in the best interest of all parties concerned to postpone the event to Sept/Oct this year.

"The new dates will be advised as soon as possible.

"We anticipate announcing additional headline bands to join those previously listed as the postponement allows us to restore the event to our original concept including multiple stages, all ages ticketing and camping at all sites.

"We apologise if this postponement causes any inconvenience to those that have already purchased tickets to our event and encourage them to contact us directly - contact@rockoutfestivals.com.au"

The original festival dates that have been postponed are:

10th–12th April - Queensland Raceway, Ipswich, QLD
17th–19th April - Eastern Creek Raceway, NSW
24th–26th April - Calder Park Raceway, VIC

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Twisted Sister, Rose Tattoo Added to Rockout Fest

American glam rockers Twisted Sister have been announced as the new headliner for the Australian east coast’s Rockout Festival, that will be hitting up Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in April. Also recently added to the line-up includes Rose Tattoo, Black Majesty and Five Star Prison Cell. More acts will be added in the weeks leading up to the festival.

Tickets are on sale now to the general public at Ticketek. For information on tickets and locations, visit rockoutfestivals.com.au.

Here are the festival dates:

10th–12th April - Queensland Raceway, Ipswich, QLD
17th–19th April - Eastern Creek Raceway, NSW
24th–26th April - Calder Park Raceway, VIC

The lineup so far is as follows: More...

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Girlschool To Support Motorhead In The U.K.

British fans seeking to know who will be supporting rock legends Motorhead on their tour of Britain later this year won't be disapointed as all girl heavy metal group Girlschool has been confirmed to be the bands main support.

The tour dates are as follows:

November 11 - Plymouth, UK - Pavilion
November 12 - Bristol, UK - Colsten Hall
November 13 - Newport, UK - Centre
November 15 - Swindon, UK - Oasis
November 16 - Nottingham, UK - Royal Concert Hall
November 17 - Newcastle, UK - City Hall
November 19 - Glasgow, UK - Academy
November 20 - Leeds, UK - Academy
November 21 - Manchester, UK - Apollo
November 23 - Cambridge, UK - Corn Exchange
November 24 - Southend, UK - Cliffs Pavilion
November 25 - Portsmouth, UK - Guildhall
November 27 - Bournemonth, UK - Solent Hall
November 28 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
November 29 - Wolverhampton, UK - Civic Hall

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Arch Enemy to Perform At Doro's "25 Years in Rock"

ARCH ENEMY have been invited to perform as special guest at Doro's "25 Years in Rock" anniversary event on December 13th, 2008 in Düsseldorf, Germany at the ISS-Dome. The festival will feature a crushing line-up and fantastic guests - to be announced in detail soon. Tickets can be bought at METALTIX.de, more info can be obtained at DORO.de.

ARCH ENEMY @ Doro's "25 Years in Rock" anniversary festival:

13.12.08 Saturday D, Düsseldorf ISS-DOME
The free Metal Market starts at 2pm. Show entry is at 4pm.

Arch Enemy vocalist Angela Gossow comments: "I am so excited to rock hard with the one and only Mrs. Doro Pesch! She is not only my teenage idol ('All We Are' from Warlock was about the only song I liked at school disco!) and basically my neighbour (Cologne – Duesseldorf is right next to each other) – But she is hands down one of the nicest, down-to-earth and most beautiful musicians I have met so far. I can hardly believe its her '25 Years In Rock' anniversary – She is still as youthful as ever! She's got the power for sure! You don't want to miss out on this extraordinary event and maybe seing me and Doro on a stage together! Make sure you get your tickets early!"

Angela Gossow is also featured on Doro Pesch's new single, "Celebrate," including other guest appearances by Liv Kristine (LEAVES' EYES), Veronica Freeman (BENEDICTUM), GIRLSCHOOL, Floor Jansen (AFTER FOREVER) and another one that was recorded with the help of Biff Byford (SAXON).

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Girlschool Reveals New Album Release Date

Girlschool have announced that their forthcoming new album will be entitled, "Legacy." The album is being released this year to coincide with the bands 30th anniversary. "Legacy" boasts special guest appearances from rock legends such as Lemmy and Phil Campbell of Motorhead, Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) and "Fast" Eddie Clarke (Fastway/ex-Motorhead) and is scheduled to be released in October through SPV records.

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Girlschool Schedules New Tour Dates

UK rock legends GIRLSCHOOL have added new dates to their upcoming live itinerary. The band now have the following gigs scheduled:

7/26 - Benatska Nok Open Air - Mala Skala, Czech Republic
9/4 - 100 Club - London, England (album release party)
10/18 - Lantaarn - Helendoorn, Holland
10/19 - Metal Female Voices Festival - Wieze, Belgium
10/20 - Zeche - Bochum, Germany
10/29 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
10/30 - Halle 101 - Speyer, Germany
11/15 - Keep It True Festival - Wuerzburg, Germany
12/16 - Astoria - London, England (30th Anniversary Show, with DORO, MCQUEEN, guests)

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Dio Announce European Support Acts

DIO, the band fronted by the legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio (HEAVEN AND HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW), has scheduled the following dates:

May 27 - Academy – Birmingham, UK (w/ GIRLSCHOOL)
May 28 - Astoria – London, UK (w/ GIRLSCHOOL)
May 30 - Sentrum Scene – Oslo, NOR
May 31 - Kopervik Festival – Karmoy, NOR
Jun. 02 - KB Halle – Malmö, SWE (w/ FATAL SMILE)
Jun. 03 - Amager Bio – Copenhagen, DEN (w/ FATAL SMILE)
Jun. 04 - Debaser – Stockholm, SWE (w/ FATAL SMILE)
Jun. 06 - Teatria – Oulu, FIN
Jun. 07 - Water & Rock Festival – Lahti, FIN

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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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