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Formed: 1987
From: Stockholm, Sweden
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Below is our complete Therion 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.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Therion Comments On Upcoming Rock Opera

After releasing the "Les Fleurs Du Mal" album (reviewed here), Therion's Christofer Johnsson revealed in an interview with us that the band's next project would be a rock opera.

Christofer now issues the following statement about the project:

"The coming rock opera will be about the rise and fall of Antichrist and is inspired by and partly (not to be confused with 'entirely') based on Vladimir Soloviev's 'A Short Story of the Anti-Christ.'

"I have been attempting to write a regular opera for some years following the same theme (which is now being therionized to fit in with what we are writing for this rock opera). We don't have a name for it yet, but for the time being we could humorously give it the working title Antichrist Superstar.

"We will be performing beta versions of the overture and 4 excerpts from the opera. An excerpt is a part of something (not to be confused with the concept of a song;) you might consider it torn-out pieces from a puzzle. Here is a list of what we will be performing:

"1. Overture: It contains the main theme of the opera and simply has to be played. It's the beta version 0.8 and still has some potential to expand further, but the parts that are already there will likely sound something in the vein of this version.

"2. End of The dynasty / Military March of the United States of Europe: In the book there is an Asian rule over Europe for 50 years after China and Japan have successfully invaded and occupied the continent. In the end, Europe manages to fight back and drives the occupants back east. "End of the dynasty" is the swan song of the last Asian emperor of this dynasty. The orchestration needs to be worked on a bit more, but the basic idea is there. Musically, it's band and orchestra playing all the time in a very therionish type of manner.

"The military march is played while the European army marches back. It has not been orchestrated yet, so we will just be performing it in a guitar-based form. But I actually have become quite fond of it this way, so maybe we'll partly keep it like that and just add on some piccolo flute and maybe some brass typical for military orchestras.

"3. Who's your God? Here Antichrist is being interrogated by some prominent religious people. He is at the time a world leader and by far the most beloved leader of all times. Musically, this is an example of a part where the guitars have a smaller role and the focus is very vocally oriented and mostly backed up by orchestra, bass and drums. There's still work to be done on it; there is a need for chorus to perform it live like the composer intended. But you will get a good sense of it. More...

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Furyon To Play Power, Prog & Metal Fest

British act Furyon is the latest band to be confirmed for Belgium’s Power, Prog & Metal Festival 2014, which takes place April 18th – 20th in Mons.

Other bands confirmed include Therion, Pain, In Extremo, Rage, Equilibrium, Grenouer, Sunburst, Borealis, Fireforce, Monument, Persefone. A video trailer can be viewed below.

Furyon is expected to make a number of additional festival appearances in 2014, with further details forthcoming. More...

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Therion Track Appears In Movie Trailer

Therion's classic "To Mega Therion" track off the early "Theli" release is now being used in a promo clip for a new movie about roleplayers titled "Zero Charisma."

Watch the movie trailer below. The following press release was also issued about the movie:

"As the strict Game Master of a fantasy role-playing game, Scott (Sam Eidson) leads his friends in a weekly quest through mysterious lands from the safety of his grandmother's kitchen. But his mastery of his own domain starts to slip—along with everything else in his life—when neo-nerd hipster Miles (Garrett Graham) joins the game, winning over the group with his confident charm and dethroning Scott with an unexpected coup.

"Caught in delusions of grandeur, Scott must roll the dice and risk everything to expose Miles as the fraud he believes him to be. A darkly comedic fable of epic proportions, Zero Charisma is an ode to nerds from every realm."

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Rommelrock Festival Cancelled

The upcoming Rommelrock festival, which was to take place Friday and Saturday in Maasmechelen, Belgium, was cancelled. According to the promoters, the mayor of the town enforced a decision made back in May, in which he refused to issue a permit on the grounds that that the festival would cause unsafe conditions.

The announcement reads: "To our greatest regret, Rommelrock is forced to cancel the whole event. Seven years of intense labour, the spotless reputation, legal terms and liberties, in vain... Two court sessions made little difference... [The] mayor steps in to enforce the prohibition to organize Rommelrock, refuses to issue a license to permit Rommelrock 2013... such an improbable tale, as the decision of the Maasmechelen mayor made on May 13, 2013, is maintained, on so-called grounds of safety and public order... A boiling cauldron that spawned the anti-rommelrock story!

"Despite all the efforts taken and the fact we have the law and justice at our side according to the law and the constitution itself, the struggle ended in the worst possible way, forcing us to pull the plug out of this year's Rommelrock.

"We wish to express our deepest respect to all that supported us, and we apologize in the same time to all that suffered because of all this, despite all perseverance and tenacity.
We never wanted to see Rommelrock 2013, a special edition with exclusive shows and such, to end in this way."

Among the acts that were scheduled to perform: Therion, Civil War, Haggard, Morton, Tokyo Blade, Furyon, Dragonsfire, Sound Storm, Pursuing the End, Lord Volture, Iron Fate, Black Widow and Weeping Silence. More...

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Tiamat And More Added To Eindhoven Bill

This years edition of the the Eindhoven Metal Meeting will take place from December 12th - 14th, 2013.

The festival's organizers have now checked in with the following announcement about adding more bands to the bill:

"Tiamat, Elvenking featuring Martin Walkyier's Skyclad, Brutal Truth, In Solitude, The Rotted, Centurian, entrapment and Sound Storm have been added to our bill!

"Get your tickets through our official website here." More...

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More Bands Added To The Eindhoven Metal Meeting

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting will be taking place this December 12th - 14th, with full details available at the festival's website here.

Several new bands have now been announced, including Napalm Death, Carpathian Forest, Gothminister, Aborym, and the Monolith Deathcult. Check out the announcement clip below.

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Therion European Tour With Arkona Announced

This December the new tour dubbed "Rock Opera Unveiled" will hit Europe with Swedish symphonic masters Therion, Russian folk metal band Arkona, Italian symphonic metal band Sound Storm and gothic metal act The Devil. Dates are set to begin on December 6, 2013 in Krakow, Poland and end in Franfurt, Germany on the 22nd.

The dates are as follows (venues TBA):

Dec. 6th: Krakow, Poland
Dec. 7th: Warsaw, Poland
Dec. 8th: Wroclaw, Poland
Dec. 10th: Budapest, Hungary
Dec. 11th: Vienna, Austria
Dec. 12th: Brno, Czech Republic
Dec. 13th: Iena, Germany
Dec. 14th: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Dec. 15th: Lausanne, Switzerland
Dec. 17th: Romagnano, Italy
Dec. 18th: Pratteln, Switzerland
Dec. 19th: Paris, France
Dec. 20th: London, UK
Dec. 21st: Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Dec. 22nd: Frankfurt, Germany More...

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Therion Posts New Album Online For Streaming

Therion is currently celebrating the band's 25th anniversary and will release new album "Les Fleurs du Mal" (reviewed here) tomorrow in North America via End of the Light Records.

Today GuitarWorld.com is hosting an exclusive stream of "Les Fleurs du Mal" in its entirety right here. The following press release was also issued about the album:

"The album title refers to Charles Baudelaire's (French author and poet 1821 - 1867) famous poem collection 'Flowers of Evil' (Les Fleurs du Mal in French) that caused such an upset of emotions in France that the author was brought to court and got fined for 'insulting the public' with six of the poems, that remained forbidden in France until 1949 when the ban was finally lifted.

"The spirit of the project is a tribute to Baudelaire, and is imbued into both music and artwork. The album was recorded at Adulruna studio, located in a separate building next to Johnsson's decadent 'Villa Adulruna' where the band lived together while recording." More...

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Therion Streams New Track "Polichinelle"

Therion is currently in the midst of the 25th Anniversary tour and will be releasing the new album "Les Fleurs du Mal" on November 27th in North America through End of the Light Records. The band debuted the new track "Polichinelle" exclusively on Noisecreep today at this location.

The album "Les Fleurs du Mal" is a part of an art project that Christofer Johnsson has been thinking about for some time:

"The time was never right for it, but in celebration of the band's 25th anniversary, I thought now will finally be the right time for it," Christofer Johnsson explains.

The album title refers to Charles Baudelaire's (French author and poet 1821-1867) famous poem collection "Flowers of Evil" ("Les Fleurs du Mal" in French) that caused such an upset of emotions in France that the author was brought to court and got fined for "insulting the public" with six of the poems, that remained forbidden in France until 1949 when the ban was finally lifted. The spirit of the project is a tribute to Baudelaire, and is imbued into both music and artwork. The album was recorded at Adulruna studio, located in a separate building next to Johnsson's decadent "Villa Adulruna" where the band lived together while recording.

"Les Fleurs du Mal" is available for pre-order on Amazon.

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Therion Signs Deal For North American Release

Very few details of the new Therion album "Les Fleurs du Mal" ("The Flowers of Evil") have been revealed due to the band's own "media band," including the sudden appearance of the new album cover on the band's website which led to speculation as to the name and the alleged cover art. The album will be revealed on the day of the start of the 25th Anniversary Tour on September 28, 2012 at Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The band now confirms the album's title and that they have signed a licensing deal with End of the Light Records to release the new album in the U.S., Canada and Mexico on November 13, 2012.

The album Les Fleurs du Mal is a part of an art project that Christofer Johnsson has been thinking about for some time:

"The time was never right for it, but in celebration of the band's 25th anniversary, I thought now will finally be the right time for it," Johnsson explains. More...

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Therion Posts New LP Cover On Official Website

Though unconfirmed by press release, the official website for Swedish symphonic act Therion was updated to include a pre-order for a release entitled "Les Fleurs du Mal." According to the site, the LP will be released on September 28, 2012 (shown at this location).

The band have been particularly quiet on the status and information regarding the new LP and follow up to the 2010 release "Sitra Ahra," but did announce that a new album would be released this September to coincide with the band's 25th Anniversary tour, which starts on September 28, 2012 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

The cover artwork for "Les Fluers du Mal" can also be viewed below:

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Therion Posts New Video Blog

Snowy Shaw of symphonic metal act Therion has posted a new video update online titled "The Blog Of Heavy Metal: Part 1 - 25th anniversary of Therion." Check out the clip below. Therion also commented last week on a canceled El Salvador show:

"The concert in El Salvador was cancelled by the local promoter because of so severe technical problems that a concert could not be performed. There were also a very serious security issue that delayed everything very badly. While it is always very sad to have a show cancelled, we agreed with the promotors decision, there was no other way. So we agreed on making a statement for the local media, where we of course expressed our desire to come back and do the show at some future date.

"It was suggested that we should return shortly after Mexico, but that was not possible as we already had tickets booked home and had other obligations booked (for example orchestral recordings for the new album). It would not be possible to play any concerts at all until after the summer.

"However, to fly in the band from all over the world to do just one concert is a very expensive project. So we have serious doubts that it will happen. Especially as the local promoter still owe our Latin American booking agent money. So we are at the moment very pessimistic about the possibilities of coming back anytime soon and we would advice any fan with a ticket to the cancelled show to claim back the money and not wait for a replacement show. We would love to come back and give our fans the show that they were looking for, but due to the mentioned reasons we don't see it happening in the near future. We are of course sorry for this mess, but it's beyond our control and out of our responsibilities." More...

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Therion To Release New Album In September

Swedish symphonic metal outfit Therion has announced that the band will be releasing a new studio album this September. No further details have been revealed about the record, but it is expected to be released just before Therion's newly announced 25th anniversary tour, which will take place on the following dates:

September 28 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Effenaar
September 29 - Groningen, Netherlands - Oosterpoort
September 30 - Antwerp, Belgium - Hof ter Loo
October 1 - Paris, France - Bataclan
October 4 - Madrid, Spain - Heineken
October 5 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 2
October 6 - Bilbao, Spain - Rock Star
October 7 - Toulouse, France- Bikini
October 9 - Lyon, France - Transbordeur
October 10 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
October 11 - Trezzo d’Adda, Italy - Live Club
October 12 - Glauchau, Germany - Alte Spinnerei
October 13 - Zlin, Czech Republic - Masters of Rock Café
October 14 - Prague, Czech Republic - DK Vlatvska
October 15 - Krakow, Poland - Club Studio
October 16 - Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
October 17 - Budapest, Hungary - Club 202
October 19 - Bucharest, Romania - Arenele Romane Tent
October 20 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Apothiki Mylos
October 21 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205

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Channel Zero Playing 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise organizers have checked in with the following announcement about the latest addition to the festival:

"Please Welcome CHANNEL ZERO On Board! Did they forget about their scouting party that was in The Netherlands some time ago? What happened to them? They went South to Belgium and straight to the capital city of Brussels. Sailors, please welcome Belgium's premier Heavy Metal Band: CHANNEL ZERO on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival!

"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012.

"Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$289 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out this location for more information and book your cabin NOW!"

The following 33 (out of a total of 40 bands) have been confirmed: More...

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Exciter Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise

The 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Exciter to play the floating festival:

"70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival has reached the Canadian East Coast. Before turning the ship around, they dropped off a scouting party to explore this vast country. Given secret orders, they headed West to the nation's capital of Ottawa where they received a raving welcome. Are you all getting a little EXCITER yet?

"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012.

"Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$289 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service!"

The following 31 out of a total of 40 bands have been confirmed:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
EXCITER
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
PRETTY MAIDS
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VENOM
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Venom To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Venom as the latest band to appear at the festival:

"Injected With Deadly Toxin: Please Welcome VENOM On Board! To travel from the North Sea into the Atlantic Ocean, they must sail around the British Isles. Before doing so they decided to visit a town in North East England that they are familiar with from last year: Newcastle, and what a welcome they got! On arrival they all got injected by a deadly toxin: VENOM!

"70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival now sails through the Channel into the Atlantic. Our course: Straight West. Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean 'Majesty of the Seas' from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012."

30 out of a total of 40 bands on board have been confirmed. The current lineup is as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
PRETTY MAIDS
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VENOM
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Pretty Maids Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Pretty Maids for the floating festival:

"It's getting to be winter up there in the Baltics. The days are getting shorter and you have to wait long periods to see the sun. Tired of waiting in Finland, they sailed over to Denmark. After they passed through the Great Belt they made a short stop in the city of Horsens. They should have gone there earlier, because you know what they found? Some really PRETTY MAIDS! Full steam ahead through the Skagerrak!

"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012."

So far 29 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known. Currently confirmed bands are as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
PRETTY MAIDS
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Children Of Bodom To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Children of Bodom is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, which takes place from January 23rd - 27th, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas.” So far 28 out of 40 bands have been confirmed, and the currently announced list is as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Kamelot Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal Lineup

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about adding Kamelot to the 2012 lineup:

"Tonight they anchored in the Tampa Bay where it came to them like a knight in a dark night: Please welcome Kamelot on board 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival. Are they staying in the Sunshine State for longer or will they sail onwards? You shall know soon..."

The cruise sets sail on January 23rd, 2012 from Miami FL and returns on January 27th. So far the following 26 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known:

AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Atheist Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about Atheist being the latest act confirmed for the festival:

"70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival passed the Florida Straight and then turned North. They decided to make a short stop in Sarasota to look for more signs, but the people there don't believe in signs, in fact they don't believe in anything, they are ATHEIST! 25 out of 40 as they continue to sail along the US Gulf Coast...

"Make no mistake, 70,000 Tons of Metal is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass! So far 25 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known: More...

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