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Tank

Formed: 1980
From: London, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Tank News

Below is our complete Tank 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.

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Tank Frontman To Release Solo Album

Doogie White, the lead vocalist of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tank and former singer of Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen, has announced that he will be releasing a solo album through Metal Mind Productions in October. The record is entitled, "As Yet Untitled" and boasts an extensive list of guest musicians including Mick Tucker (Tank,) Derek Sherinian (Black Country Communion) and Whitesnake's Neil Murray, amongst a host of others.

Speaking on his first solo album, the Scottish singer said: "I always thought my first solo album should be called this. The journalists at Sounds and Kerrang! always had a line that so and so are in the studio recording an album, as yet untitled… Well now I have actually done that. I always like to be part of a band but I found myself isolated for a short while and decided to record some of the songs that I had been working on, while either on the road or back at home. I won’t sit around and wait for the phone to ring. A bored Doogie is a dangerous thing! I gathered the good and the great, companions who had travelled the world with me at various times. Friends who I knew were outstanding players and to a man and one beautiful woman they gave freely of their talents and time. I am forever in their debt."

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Tank Announces European Tour

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Tank have announced that they will be embarking on a tour of Europe this Summer, in support of their new studio album, "War Machine." The tour will include two shows in the United Kingdom, where they will be joined by fellow NWOBHM veterans Blitzkrieg.

Speaking about the tour, the group stated: "The band members are delighted with the response to the tour dates so far and are looking forward to meeting as many fans as possible in all ten different countries that we are playing in. Everyone involved is looking forward to unleashing this live set which will include many classic Tank anthems as well as several tracks from our acclaimed War Machine album (2010, Metal Mind Productions). Tank drummer Mark Cross (Firewind, Helloween), who joined the ranks in April, is a very welcome addition to the band and has provided an extra dimension. Wait until you hear this!"

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Blitzkrieg And Tank Announce One Off U.K. Show

Two legends of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement, Blitzkrieg and Tank, have announced that they will be joining together to perform a one off show in the United Kingdom on August 6th. The show will take place at the 02 Academy in Newcastle. Tickets are on sale now.

Tank recently released their first studio album in nine years, "War Machine," which is the first to feature new vocalist Doogie White, formerly of Rainbow. Blitzkrieg are currently at work on their next album, which will be their first following the release of "Theatre Of The Damned" in 2007.

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Tank Announces New Drummer

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Tank has announced that Mark Cross, known for his time with bands such as Helloween and Firewind, has been recruited as their new drummer. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Massive news from the War Office this morning - Mark Cross, formerly of Firewind, Helloween, Ian Gillan, Kingdom Come and more, is the new drummer of Tank. We are delighted to welcome Mark into the trenches and everyone connected with the band feels that his addition to our ranks will move the band into a new dimension."

Mick Tucker, Tank's longest serving member (28 years), said the following about this exciting development: "We have now assembled some of the finest metal musicians Tank have ever had. We are now prepared to unleash this awesome lineup on Europe. We hope to see you all on tour."

Mick's guitar partner, Cliff Evans, second longest serving member of the band (26 years) said: "To have someone of Mark's calibre join the band shows just how far we have come this last couple of years. Mark is one of the very best Metal drummers around and will really add something to our sound. This is a big move for us and we cannot wait to introduce Mark to the fans on the road later this year."

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Henry Rollins And More Pay Tribute To Gary Moore

As was reported yesterday, guitar hero and former Thin Lizzy axeman Gary Moore has passed away. Since the news broke, tributes have been pouring in from fans and peers alike. Former Black Flag frontman and spoken word artist Henry Rollins stated:

"He was too young to go, those Lizzy recordings with Moore were as good as it gets. His solo records were rocking."

Former Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow and Uriah Heep bassist Bob Daisley commented: "It is with great sadness that I acknowledge Gary Moore in this way. His passing has come as a sad and terrible shock and I have difficulty believing that he’s gone. I have many fond memories of our years together, both in the workplace of music and as friends. I have love and respect for Gary as a musician and as a person, he was one of the greatest. Farewell and rest in peace Gary my friend." More...

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Tank To Post New Album Samples Online

New Wave Of British heavy Metal veterans Tank has announced that as of today, they will be posting a sample from each song from their forthcoming new album, "War Machine" on their official website. You can check out a sample of the song, "Judgement Day" by clicking here. The album will be released in Europe on October 25th and in North America on December 7th and is the first Tank album to feature former Rainbow singer Doogie White on vocals.

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Tank And More Pull Out Of Hard Rock Hell IV

The organisers of Britain's Hard Rock Hell festival has announced that New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tank and Cloven Hoof have pulled out of the event, along with Fastway, The Soulless (formerly Ignominous Incarceration) and Blackstorm. In their places will be Lizzy Borden, Enforcer, Headrush, The Slide and Jetblack. The event is scheduled to take place from December 3rd-5th at Pontins in Prestatyn, Wales.

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Tank Reveals New Album Track Listing

The new Tank album "War Machine" was produced by Pedro Ferreira and the recording was done at Pedrock Studios, London, UK. Drums were recorded by Tony Newton at Steve Harris' (Iron Maiden) Barnyard Studios. "War Machine" is set to be released on October 25th in Europe (via Metal Mind) and December 7th in the USA (via MVD).

The track list for the standard CD edition is as follows:

1. Judgement Day
2. Feast Of The Devil
3. Phoenix Rising
4. War Machine
5. Great Expectations
6. After All
7. The Last Laugh
8. World Without Pity
9. My Insanity

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Tank Announces New Album Release Dates

Tank's new album “War Machine” is currently set to be released on October 25th in Europe (via Metal Mind Productions) and December 7th in US (via MVD). Metal Mind Productions commented on the release of the album:

"Metal Mind Productions is proud to announce the release of a brand new studio album of the legendary Tank - 'War Machine.' Tank - featuring Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans on guitar alongside three new recruits, ex-Rainbow/Yngwie Malmsteen frontman Doogie White, ex-Bruce Dickinson bassist Chris Dale and ex-Zodiac Mindwarp drummerDave 'Grav' Cavill - are back in action and ready to establish themselves once more as one of Britain’s finest rock bands. The band’s seventh studio album is currently in the pre-production stage and, as the band claims: 'we think it's going to be our best album so far.'

"The production was handled by Pedro Ferreira (known from his previous work with The Darkness, Therapy?, Meatloaf) and the recording was done at Steve Harris' (Iron Maiden) Barnyard Studios. A demo version of one of their new songs, 'Judgement Day,' is still available to stream on Tank’s official Myspace. Full details on the artwork and tracklist to be announced soon."

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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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Michael Schenker Announces Special London Show

Legendary heavy metal guitarist Michael Schenker has announced that he will be performing a special concert at London's Sherpherd Bush Empire on June 2nd to celebrate thirty years of the Michael Schenker Group. The concert will feature special appearances by singer Doogie White (Tank, ex-Rainbow,) Herman Rarebell (ex-Scorpions) and bass player Neil Murray (ex-Whitesnake) along with other guests who have yet to be announced.

The lineup for Schenker's May/June European tour is as follows:

Michael Schenker - lead guitar
Gary Barden - vocals
Chris Slade - drums (ex-AC/DC/The Firm) - May/June
Pete Holmes - drums (ex- Black N' Blue) - July
Chris Glenn - bass
Wayne Findlay - guitar/keyboards

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Tank Posts New Song Online

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tank has posted a new song online entitled, "Judgement Day." You can listen to the song by heading to the bands official website. The song is set to appear on the bands forthcoming new studio album, "War Machine," which will be the bands first album with new vocalist Doogie White (formerly of Rainbow.)

Guitarist Cliff Evans stated: "We're in the process of choosing which label to go with at the moment. We have several offers open to us and we're ready to fire as soon as we sign a deal. We'll be playing tracks from 'War Machine' when we hit the road later this year."

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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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Sunday Old School: Tank

The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal was responsible for some of the most popular metal bands the world has ever known. Making household names out of Iron Maiden and Def Leppard and granting Saxon the position of legends. However, for many bands in the movement, success was to be very short lived, if even found at all. Many N.W.O.B.H.M. bands were able to enter the British album charts with their debut, only to lose their popularity and fame shortly afterwards. Tank is one of these bands.

The group was formed in 1980 by bass player and vocalist Algy Ward, who had just left British punk rock legends The Damned. Tank gained favourable comparisons to Motorhead for their high energy heavy metal played with a punk edge and their entertaining lyrics. They released their first album, "Filth Hounds Of Hades" in 1982, which entered the British album charts at number 33 and is now regarded as one of the best albums from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement. This would be the only taste of chart success Tank received unfortunately, as their next albums sold less than the band's debut. They decided to call it a day in 1989.

However, much like a number of other bands from the scene, Tank reunited in the late 1990s and performed a number of concerts in Japan and Europe before releasing a comeback album in 2002 entitled, "Still At War." The group has struggled since then however, with an album named "Sturmpanzer" sitting on the shelf since 2006. Founder Algy Ward is also no longer a member of the band and vocal duties are now handled by former Rainbow and Praying Mantis frontman Doogie White. The band is expected to finally release a new studio album this year through Soundhouse Records. More...

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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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Praying Mantis And Tank Team Up For Show

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal favourites Praying Mantis and Tank will be teaming up for a co-headlining show at The Peel in Kingston Upon Thames, UK. Tickets are £7 - for info call 0208 546 3516. The concert will be taking place on May 24th. Both bands will be busy next month as Tank head overseas to perform at the Sweden Rock Fest and Praying Mantis will be releasing their brand new studio album, "Sactuary."

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Tank To Reform With New Lineup

Legendary British heavy metal band Tank has announced that they will be reforming with a new lineup. The group will feature original guitarists Mick Tucker and Cliff Evans aswell as original drummer Mark Brabbs and will also have former Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteem vocalist Doogie White. Completing the lineup will be bassist Chris Dale who has previously worked as a member of Bruce Dickinson's solo band. The main focus of the comeback seems to be on live performances, no word has been given on if the band will record a new album.

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Tank Albums To Be Re-Issued This September

Metal Mind Productions reports:

"Metal Mind Productions presents re-releases of three full-length albums from the discography of TANK - one of the most influential formations which emerged in the beginnings of the N.W.O.B.H.M. madness. Power Of Hunter, This Means War and Honour & Blood will be available in new digipak editions limited to 2,000 copies each. More...

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Tank Complete Demos For Forthcoming Studio Album

London based label Soundhouse Records has contacted BW&BK with news that demos for the forthcoming TANK studio album, Sturmpanzer, have been completed.

Says the band, "We are now happy with the direction the album is taking and recording will start after Christmas. We will be inviting some special guests to come and take part in the project."

In related news, due to popular demand, Tank merchandise is now available direct from the band's MySpace page, located here.

Tank's 's Live And Rare album was released on October 15th through Soundhouse Records. More...

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