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Jaguar

Formed: 1979
From: Bristol, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Jaguar News

Below is our complete Jaguar 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.

Killing Joke Added To Hammerfest 4

Hammerfest 2013 has just announced that along with St. Vitus, the festival line-up has just added legendary band Killing Joke. Angel Witch and a veritable who's who of metal will also be appearing at the Hammerfest 4 festival, which will take place on March 14th-16th at Haven Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales. Below is the current full line-up of bands appearing, with more information available over at the Hammerfest 4 website.

Killing Joke
Hatebreed
Saint Vitus
Candlemass
Sodom
Destruction
Enslaved
Napalm Death
Angel Witch
Senser
Iron Saviour
Huntress
Sister Sin
Evil Scarecrow
M-Pire of Evil
Heidevolk
Hark
Viza
Arthemis
Attica Rage
Texas Hippie Coalition
Def Con One
Chimp Spanner
Abadden
4Arm
Winterfylleth
RSJ
Commander In Chief
Empress
Sacred Mother Tongue
Triaxis
Shear
Undersmile
Serpent Venom
Oaf
Jaguar
Vicsous Nature
Last Witness
Iron Knights
Line of Fire
Flayed Disciple
Bloodshot Dawn
Dyscarnate
Monument
Bull Riff Stampede
Making Monsters
Driven
Black Acid Souls
Sansara
Deadman Sugar
Fire in the Empire
Goddamn Electric


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Sunday Old School: Jaguar

Bristol is a city which has unquestionably produced some of the best bands in their field. Thrash metal fans will know that Onslaught, perhaps Britain’s premier thrash band, hail from Bristol, as do trip-hop legends Massive Attack, but digging a little deeper, we find that the city also gave birth to one of the finest bands in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, Jaguar. The band was formed in 1979 by guitarist Garry Peppard, bass player Jeff Cox and drummer Chris Lovell, with vocalist Rob Reiss joining the group a few months later. The band set about building up a local following, an endeavour which proved to be successful, and followed up this accomplishment by recording two demos, the latter of which led to a short record deal with Heavy Metal Records, (the label which would release the bulk of Witchfinder General albums.) Through the label, Jaguar released the single, "Back Street Woman," which was able to sell over 4,000 copies, despite modest promotion.

The band’s big break came after they performed at a Dutch rock and metal festival in 1982, which was able to catch the attention of English record label Neat, which was known for releasing many singles and albums from fellow New Wave of British Heavy Metal artists including Raven, Venom and Tygers Of Pan Tang amongst many others. The deal resulted in the single, "Axe Crazy" being released, a single which is now considered to be amongst the best from the era, which resulted in extensive touring. The success of the single and tour allowed the band to record a full length studio album, which was released in 1983 under the title, "Power Games." Although it didn’t sell well enough to enter the British album charts like a host of their NWOBHM contemporaries, it was well received in the metal underground, and allowed the band to begin making appearances on television shows. A second album, "This Time" was released the next year, but owing to it’s change of direction, resulted in a critical backlash from a number of fans, so much so that the band decided to call it a day by the end of 1984.

Like many other New Wave Of British Heavy Metal bands, the group experienced a revival of interest in the late 1990s and a reunion soon followed. After performing at a number of festivals and small concerts, the band recorded a brand new studio album, "Wake Me," which was released in the year 2000, with another album, "Run Ragged" following in 2003. Since the reunion, the band has gone through a number of lineup changes, with guitarist Garry Peppard now the sole original member remaining. The band has also been able to keep their name alive by continuing to perform live shows and releasing live and compilation albums, with a brand new studio album planned for the near future. 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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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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Wishdoom Confirmed for Up The Hammers VI

WISHDOOM has been confirmed for the UP THE HAMMERS VI FESTIVAL, along with RUTHLESS (USA), WHILE HEAVEN WEPT (USA), JAGUAR (UK), MARTYR (NL) and EMERALD (CH). The festival takes place March 11-12 in 2011. More...

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Tokyo Blade Confirmed For NWOBHM Festival

According to Metalzone.gr, reunited NWOBHM masters TOKYO BLADE have been confirmed for the second installment of the NWOBHM Festival, set to take place November 8, 2008 in Athens, Greece

The first NWOBHM Festival will be held on February 16, 2008 at AN club in Athens, and will feature performances by TYGERS OF PAN TANG, CLOVEN HOOF, JAGUAR and ELIXIR. Tickets cost 25 euros.

For more information, contact promo@sold-out.gr.

TOKYO BLADE guitarist Andy Boulton recently signed a deal with Razar Ice Records. Andy is currently recording his first solo disc for a tentative spring 2008 release. He has also completed work on a guitar-instruction DVD that will be made available soon. The TOKYO BLADE back catalog is also being remixed and remastered by Razar Ice and will be reissued with unreleased bonus and live tracks.

Watch video footage of TOKYO BLADE performing the song "Lightning Strikes" in 1985: More...

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Grim Reaper And Jaguar Confirmed For Dutch Fest

STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER and JAGUAR are among the acts confirmed for the Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival VIII, which will take place Saturday, October 27, 2007, at Manifesto in Hoorn, Holland. Acts confirmed include: JAGUAR, STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER, BULLET, PREDATÜR, DOUBLE DIAMOND.

Tickets are 17 euros at the door (pre-sale 15 euros). For tickets contact maniacs@heavymetalmaniacs.com.

As reported earlier today, The Steve Grimmett Band, the new group featuring legendary UK singer Steve Grimmett (GRIM REAPER, ONSLAUGHT, LIONSHEART), will release their new album Personal Crisis on October 26th through Metal Heaven. The record was produced by Pete Newdeck with Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69) and features Lionsheart bandmate Ian Nash on guitars, Pete Newdeck (PAUL Di'ANNO, THE SHOCK) on drums and Ritchie Walker on bass. It also includes guest musicians Eric Ragno (keyboards/Jeff Scott Soto), Bob Daisley (bass/Ozzy, RAINBOW), Carsten Schulz (EVIDENCE ONE) and Tony Mills (SHY, TNT).

The tracklist is as follows: 'Karma', 'Wait Forever', 'Feedom', 'Lonely', 'Afterglow', 'Enemy', 'Promises', 'Invincible', 'Strength', 'Wrath Of The Ripper', 'Fallen'.

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Jaguar Part With Bassist

NWOBHM veterans JAGUAR have parted ways with bassist Darren Furze. A new bass player will be announced soon.

JAGUAR are currently writing material for a new studio album, which they plan on recording later in the year. No further information is currently available.

JAGUAR teamed up with DIAMOND HEAD, WITCHFYNDE, PRAYING MANTIS and BRONZ for the "The 25th Anniversary of NWOBHM" concert last November at the Astoria in London, England.

JAGUAR's most recent studio album, "Run Ragged", was released in July 2003 through Angel Air Records.

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Jaguar In Writing Mode

NWOBHM veterans JAGUAR are currently writing material for a new studio album, which they plan on recording later in the year. No further information is currently available.

JAGUAR teamed up with DIAMOND HEAD, WITCHFYNDE, PRAYING MANTIS and BRONZ for the "The 25th Anniversary of NWOBHM" concert last November at the Astoria in London, England.

JAGUAR's most recent studio album, "Run Ragged", was released in July 2003 through Angel Air Records.

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NWOBHM Anniversary Show At The Astoria

Diamond Head, Praying Mantis, Jaguar and Witchfynde will team up for a special New Wave Of British Heavy Metal anniversary show in London. It happens at the Astoria on November 4.

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