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Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT are the latest confirmed band for the MetalMania 2006 festival, set to take place March 4, 2006 at Spodek in Katowice, Poland. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
German metalmeisters U.D.O. have posted this message on their official website:
The band was working a lot in the last weeks to finish the recording of the new album, which will be titled "Mission No. X". Stefan is finishing the mixing sessions in these days. The result sounds killer!!!!
One week ago in Pulheim there was a photo session for this new album, it was a lot of fun...
The reason why the gig was cancelled in Spain was that Igor (Gianola) broke one finger in his left hand, just 1 week before the gig. So he was unable to play for about 3 weeks, he just started in these days to play a little bit.
"Mission No. X" is tentatively scheduled to be released this coming summer through AFM Records.
Drummer Stefan Schwarzmann (Helloween, U.D.O., Running Wild) has recently become available and will be rejoining legendary German metallers Accept for the 2005 summer festivals. Stefan has performed with the band since the "good old days" when he replaced original drummer Stefan Kaufmann. This officially finalizes the group's summer touring lineup which includes original members Udo Dirkschneider (vocals), Wolf Hoffmann (guitar), Herman Frank (guitar) and Peter Baltes (bass). Rehearsals are scheduled for March and April in Hannover, Germany.
Upcoming Accept shows:
May 15 Gelsenkirchen, GER @ Rock Hard Festival
Jun. 04 Bergum, NETH @ Waldrock
Jun. 09 Sölvesborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 12 Bologna, ITA @ Gods Of Metal
Jun. 24 Belgium @ Graspop
Jul. 17 Helsinki, FIN @ Tuska Festival
Jul. 29 Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya AX
Jul. 30 Tokyo, JPN @ Shibuya AX
Jul. 31 Osaka, JPN @ Namba Hatch
Aug. 02 Nagoya, JPN @ Diamont Hall
Aug. 4–6 Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air
Aug. 13 Spain @ Cumpo de futbol
Aug. Switzerland @ TBA
No matter what styles of music have been trendy, Accept always remained on top, were regarded as most important German Metal export of all time besides the Scorpions and wrote music history like no other Metal act. Classics like "Balls To The Walls" or "Metal Heart" mustn't miss in any good collection.
The dream of many Metal fans comes true now as Accept have reunited for a few festivals shows in 2005 – the band announces a best of set par excellence: "With U.D.O., I always play different Accept songs and thus I know pretty exact what the fans want to hear. Wolf, whom I met for the first time since eight years now, has the same set list in mind. But we don't want to give away everything in advance", frontman Udo Dirkschneider explains. "We're really looking forward to playing these shows and we won't disappoint any Accept fan for sure!"
Accept will kick off at the Rock Hard Festival which takes places at the Amphitheatre Gelsenkirchen (Germany) on May 13th – 15th 2005. "Besides the Rock Hard Festival we will only play Wacken in Germany, a tour is definitely not planned", Udo states. "We will play at the Sweden Rock Festival as Scandinavia was one of the biggest markets for Accept ever, and perhaps at two or three more open airs in Europe. Afterwards I'll focus on U.D.O. again completely."
In cooperation with Accept manager Gaby Hoffmann, Nuclear Blast adopts the publicity for the forthcoming festival season. Another result out of the cooperation contact is an exclusive merchandise deal for the upcoming festivals which also includes classic Accept motives.
U.D.O. started to record the new album. Udo himself is recording in these days the first lead vocals tracks, seems like there will be a lot of good songs.
U.D.O. will play some festivals next year. Confirmed is February 25th in Granada/Spain Vega-Rock.
According to a posting on U.D.O.'s official website, the band will co-headline the main stage of the Summer Breeze 2004 Festival in Abtsgemünd Germany this coming weekend on August 21 at 8:50 PM CET, together with Danzig. The organizers are expecting an estimated 15,000 fans to show up for the festival.
More live photos of bands performing at the Earthshaker Festival in Germany this past weekend have been posted online here.
Among the bands that appeared were Destruction, U.D.O., In Flames, Helloween and Primal Fear.
U.D.O. is reportedly talking to US promoters to bring the band over to the United States this coming winter, according to the official U.D.O. website.
The band's new album, "Thunderball", will be released in Brazil on August 20 through Louder/Paradox, and will hit stores in North America soon.
QUEENSRŸCHE, GAMMA RAY, ANTHRAX, U.D.O. and PRETTY MAIDS have been officially added to this year's Metal Mania festival, a 3-day event set to take place June 25-27 in Villarobledo (Albacete), Spain. The event is being headlined by a reunited JUDAS PRIEST. More info at www.metalmaniafestival.com.