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Tygers Of Pan Tang

Formed: 1978
From: Whitley Bay, 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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Tygers Of Pan Tang Reveals New Album Release Date

New Wave of British Heavy Metal veterans Tygers Of Pan Tang have announced that they will be releasing a brand new studio album entitled, "Ambush" on September 24th through Rocksector. The record was produced by Chris Tsangarides, who has previously worked with the group on their albums "Wildcat" and "Spellbound."

You can check out a teaser trailer for the album below, in addition to downloading a free mp3 of the song, "Speed" by heading to the official Rocksector Records website. More...

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Tygers Of Pan Tang Signs New Record Deal

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tygers Of Pan Tang have announced that they have signed a new four year deal with Rocksecter Records.

The label will be releasing the group's next two albums worldwide, though the band will be using partner labels in some areas. More information on the new deal as well as the band's new album will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

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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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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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Tygers Of Pan Tang To Release New EP

NWOBHM veterans Tygers Of Pan Tang have announced that it will be releasing a new EP. The new EP, titled "The Spellbound Sessions," will see its release on February 19, 2011 and will be limited to 1000 copies. The EP celebrates the 30th anniversary of the band's now iconic 1981 LP, "Spellbound". You can view the EP's tracklisting below:

1. Gangland
2. Take It
3. Hellbound
4. Mirror
5. Tyger Bay
6. Don't Stop By

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Sunday Old School: Tygers Of Pan Tang

Ask any fan of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal to name five of their favourites and chances are Tygers Of Pan Tang will be amongst that list. The band may not be quite as well known now, but during the N.W.O.B.H.M.'s period of popularity, they were certainly considered one of the standout groups in the pack, and they had the songs to back it up. The band was formed in 1978 in the town of Whitley Bay, which is located in the North East of England near Newcastle, and quickly signed to Neat Records, which was known for releasing many records from British heavy metal bands at the time including Venom, Raven and Jaguar. The partnership with Neat was only to last for the single, "Don't Touch Me There" however, as the Tygers signed to major label MCA soon afterwards. Following a few more single releases, the group finally released it's debut full length album in 1980 entitled, "Wildcat." The album did well in the United Kingdom, debuting at number 18 on the British Albums Chart. The band was soon to see a big change in terms of lineup however, when they recruited John Sykes, formerly of Streetfighter, as second guitarist and split with singer Jess Cox after he and the rest of the band had a falling out. The band decided to replace Cox with Jon Deverill, best known as the vocalist of Persian Risk and this lineup recorded a second album entitled, "Spellbound," which was released in 1981 and once again entered the British Album Charts, though this time peaking at the lower place of number 33, as well as spawning the single, "Hellbound," which also saw chart success, peaking at number 48 in the United Kingdom.

The next year, Tygers Of Pan Tang released a third album called "Crazy Nights," which was unable to spawn any successful singles but did enter the British Albums Chart at number 51. Following this record, Sykes decided to quit the band in order to pursue a position as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist, which he didn't fulfil, though he was recruited as the new guitarist for hard rock heroes Thin Lizzy soon after. Sykes was replaced by guitarist Fred Purser and the band got to work on their fourth album, "The Cage." "The Cage" ultimately proved to be the band's biggest success in terms of chart performance, entering the U.K. charts at number 13 and featuring three successful singles in the form of "Love Potion No. 9," "Paris By Air" and "Rendezvous." Despite the good commercial reaction to the album, the band decided to call it a day soon afterwards as a result of tensions with their record company. A new version of the band was formed in 1985 however, featuring Deverill and drummer Brian Dick and released a new album named, "The Wreck-Age" the same year. The record was the first Tygers album not to chart in the United Kingdom, and following poor reviews of their next album, "Burning In The Shade," they disbanded once again. More...

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Tygers Of Pan Tang Cancels November Tour Dates

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tygers Of Pan Tang has announced that they have been forced to cancel their planned performances in November. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Due to unforeseen circumstances, the shows at the Muni Arts Centre in Prontipridd and the Clitheroe Grand have now been cancelled. These were shows the Tygers were supporting Monsters Of British Rock. The cancellations were due to some availability problems of the members of MBR. We are sorry for these cancellations and hope to see you at another show very soon."

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Tygers Of Pan Tang Posts Tour Update

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tygers Of Pan Tang has checked in with a message regarding their performance at Germany's Keep It True festival. The message reads as follows:

"We would like to thank everybody who attended the Keep It True festival for the incredible reception you gave the band last Saturday, we were blown away by the whole experience. Leading up to the festival there were bands pulling out due to the Iceland Volcano but we were determined to play no matter what and any band who did not make it missed out on a very special two days. We will remember the festival for a very long time.

"Festivals in Europe such as Keep It True, Heavy Metal Maniacs, Headbangers Open Air and hundreds of others are what keeps our music alive. These festivals are organised by true fans who spend thousands of hours of their time dedicated to the music they love. Our thanks go to every organizer as without you we would not get the chance to play our music.

"If you get the chance, support your local festival and keep them all alive.

"Thanks again to everybody!"

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Tygers Of Pan Tang Announces More Tour Dates

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tygers Of Pan Tang has announced some more tour dates as part of their celebration of the 30th anniversary for their "Wildcat" record. The bands touring schedule is now as follows:

April 22nd - Bridgehouse 2 - Canning Town (London), England
April 24th - Keep it True 13 Festival - Konigshofen, Germany
May 1st - Classic Rock Festival @ Farnborough Football Club - Farnborough, UK
May 8th - Champions - Bournemouth, UK
May 12th - Fibbers - York, UK
May 14th - Asylum - Birmingham, UK
May 15th - The Diamond Rock Club - Ahoghill/ Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK
May 29th - Patriot Party In the Pub 2010 - Crumlin, Gwent, Wales, UK
May 30th - Tackeroo Club - Cannock, UK
June 11th - Robin 2 Bilston NWOBHM celebration - Bilston, Wolverhampton, UK
August 6th - Cambridge Rock Festival - Cambridge, UK
August 7th - Sportovni Areal Rejsice - Mlade Boleslavi, Czech Republic
August 14th - Legends of Rock Festival - Colegio Carrion - San Javier, Spain
September 10th - The Lancastrian Suite - Gateshead, UK

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Tygers Of Pan Tang Announces London Show

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tygers Of Pan Tang has announced a special, one-off show in London. A message from the band reads as follows:

"We are pleased to annouce that we will be playing a warm-up show at the Bridgehouse 2 in Canning Town, London on April 22nd. We like to use this fantastic little venue to play a low key show when the band have had a couple of months away from playing live. Its a great chance to see the band up close and personal and really get involved with the performance."

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Tygers Of Pan Tang Announces European Tour Dates

UK's Tygers Of Pan Tang has announced the following European tour dates:

Apr 24 - Keep it True 13 Festival Konigshofen - Germany
May 01 - Classic Rock Festival @ Farnborough Football Club - Farnborough, UK
May 08 - Champions - Bournemouth, UK
May 12 - Fibbers - York, UK
May 14 - Asylum - Birmingham, UK
May 15 - The Diamond Rock Club - Ahoghill/ Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK
Jun 11 - Robin 2 Bilston NWOBHM celebration - Bilston, Wolverhampton, UK
Aug 06 - Cambridge Rock Festival - Cambridge, UK
Aug 07 - Sportovni Areal Rejsice Mlade - Boleslavi, Czech Republic
Aug 14 - Legends of Rock Festival - Colegio Carrion - San Javier, Spain
Sep 10 - The Lancastrian Suite - Gateshead, UK

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Tygers Of Pan Tang To Re-Record Five Songs

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tygers Of Pan Tang has announced that, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band's first album, "Wildcat," they will be re-recording five songs from the album for a special EP release. The EP will be recorded at the end of January and will be available exclusively through the band's official website and at concerts in March and will be limited to only 1000 copies.

The songs will be re-arranged to utilise modern technology and recorded by the 2010 lineup of:

Rob Weir - guitars
Dean Robertson - guitars
Brian West - bass
Craig Ellis - drums
Jacopo Meille - vocals

The songs to be included are:

"Euthanasia"
"Slaves To Freedom"
"Suzy Smiled"
"Don't Touch Me There"
"Wildcat"

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Tygers Of Pan Tang Working On New Album

In a recent message to the bands fans, Robb Weir, the guitarist for New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tygers Of Pan Tang, revealed that the band will be releasing a brand new album of original material later this year. The message reads as follows:

"Hey Hey, how you all doing

"Thought I would have my final say this year by wishing you all a fantastic Christmas and a brilliant new year. Your continued support this last year has been an inspiration to me and the band and we look forward to seeing you at our shows next year. 2010 is going to be a big year for us as its our 30th year anniversary since the release of Wildcat and we want to make this a year to remember. We will try and make every show special for you the fans and for us the band.

"Live performances are a huge part of our ‘Tyger World,’ and in 2010 watch out for new songs and some old songs we’ve not played for many years. If you have any special requests mail us and we will do our best to include them wherever we can. We will also try and get to places we have either never played or not played for a very long time.

"Recording wise, the EP of my favourite Wildcat tracks will be released in February/ March and a brand new album later on in the year. I am busy laying down some riffs for consideration and I have that same feeling and enthusiasm to music I had back in 1979. You guys have shown so much love and loyalty to this band I cannot thank you enough, I salute you, I repect you and you know I love you, we can rock together for many years to come.

"Brian, Craig, Dean, Jacopo and of course Simon, you all know how I feel about you guys, its a privilege and pleasure to work with you.

"Love and respect to all."

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Tygers Of Pan Tang Cancels UK Tour Dates

Tygers Of Pan Tang has canceled their upcoming tour dates in the UK. The band has issued the following statement:

"It is with great regret that we have to announce the cancellations of the upcoming shows in Birmingham and Clitheroe. These shows will be re-scheduled for 2010 and we promise they will be a little bit special for you. We hope to announce very shortly a very special guest that we have been trying to get on the bill for a very long while now."

"Again we are extremely sorry to bring this news on the cancellations and we ask that you bare with us and continue with your support of the band."

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Whiplash Confirmed For Keep It True XIII Fest

It is now official that teunited New Jersey thrashers WHIPLASH is already confirmed for the 2010 edition of the Keep It True XIII Festival. A total of 20 bands will appear in 2 days of pure Metal mayhem happening on April 23-24, 2010 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany.

The confirmed bands so far are scheduled as follows:

ADX (FRA)
ANACRUSIS (USA)
CANDLEMASS (SWE)
CRYSTAL VIPER (POL)
DEMON (UK)
HADES (USA)
HEART OF CYGNUS (USA)
KALAPACS (HUN)
OBSESSION (USA)
SATANS HOST (USA)
SAVAGE GRACE (USA)
SIREN (USA)
STRIKER (CAN)
THOR (CAN)
TYGERS OF PAN TANG (UK)
WATCHTOWER (USA)
WHIPLASH (USA)

+ 1 Headliner

You can visit the Keep It True Festival official website for more information and details.

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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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Tygers Of Pan Tang To Play Poland For First Time

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Tygers Of Pan Tang has announced that they will perform in Poland for the first time on September 26th at the Har Rocker Festival, which takes place at the Rudeboy Club in Bielsko-Biala.

The band states: "It is a great honour for the band to play in Poland as we get a lot of requests from our fans to visit and we cannot wait to play for you guys. We will announce more details of the event over the next week or so."

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Tygers Of Pan Tang Announces U.K. Tour Dates

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tygers Of Pan Tang has lined up a series of shows in the United Kingdom.

The tour dates are as follows:

October
26 - JBs - Dudley, UK
30 - Yardbirds - Grimsby, UK
31 - Riffs - Blackpool, UK

November
2 - Moses Gate - Bolton, UK
6 - Trillians - Newcastle, UK
7 - Intake - Mansfield, UK
8 - Milkwood Jam Swansea - South Wales, UK

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Tygers Of Pan Tang Announces U.K. Tour Dates

NWOBHM veterans Tygers Of Pan Tang has posted the following message online:

"Although we are awaiting some more confirmed dates, we wanted to let you all know as soon as possible about the upcoming UK tour. This will be a three band bill with the Tygers Of Pan Tang as headliners and the fantastic Steve Grimmett of GRIM REAPER/ONSLAUGHT as Special Guest. The main tour support will be CRIMES OF PASSION, who are one of the best new UK Rock bands around so it promises to be a great night of music. Tickets will be very reasonably priced at all venues as we wanted to make this tour great value for money especially due to the economic climate in the UK at the moment. Please check out the individual venues for further details which are listed on MySpace and the website www.tygersofpantang.com.

We hope to see you all on this tour so we could thank you for your support of the Tygers during 2008. The sales of Animal Instinct have passed our own expectations and with the help of Geoff Bartons quote and 8/10 review in Classic Rock magazine we have a lot of older fans returning. Please spread the word and bring along your friends, and be part of the Tygers 2008.

Tygers"

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