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White Wizzard

Formed: 2007
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest White Wizzard News

Below is our complete White Wizzard 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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White Wizzard Posts Live Footage

Footage has been posted online of White Wizzard performing the song "Starchild" live on October 16th, 2011. You can check out the clip below. "Starchild" is off the band's new album "Flying Tigers."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Fight to the Death
2. West L.A. Nights
3. Starchild
4. Flying Tigers
5. Night Train to Tokyo
6. Night Stalker
7. Fall of Atlantis
8. Blood on the Pyramids
9. Demons and Diamonds
10. Dark Alien Overture
11. War of the Worlds
12. Starman's Son

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Arsis Posts New Video Inviting Fans To Tour

Melodic death metal artists Arsis posted a video of bassist Noah Martin of ARSIS inviting fans to the band's "Frets Of Fury" tour with Firewind, White Wizzard and Nightrage. Tour dates are posted below.

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White Wizzard Streaming "Fight To The Death"

Los Angeles heavy metal act White Wizzard has released another track from the band's new album "Flying Tigers," which is out now in Europe. You can check out the song "Fight to the Death" below. Earache Records also commented on the track:

"The new track, titled 'Fight to the Death,' showcases White Wizzard's traditional sound with galloping riffs, soaring vocals and a pure heavy metal atmosphere. The new song and album feature vocalist Wyatt Anderson, who also sang on the band's debut album, 'Over the Top.' The band is slated to shoot a music video for the track in the near future."

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White Wizzard Comments On Upcoming Album

Los Angeles traditional heavy metal act White Wizzard, which recently announced the recruitment of new guitarist Jake Dreyer, is preparing to release the brand new album "Flying Tigers" on Monday, September 19th in Europe. The album will be released in North America on November 15th.

Ahead of the release of "Flying Tigers," White Wizzard bassist and mainman Jon Leon took some time to speak to Victor Ruiz of Mars Attacks Radio about the band's approach to writing the new album. Leon comments:

"I didn't go into Flying Tigers feeling like there was any debt to prove anything to anybody. Everything with me, with the writing of White Wizzard, has been pretty much a natural flow, and it's been exactly what I've been feeling at the time and what's come out of me - none of it's contrived. I'm just pretty much a Rush geek and an Iron Maiden geek that loves music, that finally got sick of compromising being in different bands and just decided to form this band not caring if ten people showed up, and I still write like that. I feel blessed that people have reacted so positively to White Wizzard; I'm really, really happy to see that something that I did just kind of on a whim, to form the band I wanted to form and make the music I want, has at least resonated with some people and hopefully it will continue to do so.

"I'm really just focused on myself and our fans, and anybody else that is judging us or feeling like we need to prove something to them, I really am not worried about. At the end of the day I'm very, very proud of this record and I think it's the best thing I feel I've ever done musically as an artist, and I feel like White Wizzard's continuing to progress and I'm progressing as a writer. It was a pleasure to make this record and it's definitely a very exciting time for me as far as what we're going to be putting out."

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Jake Dreyer Joins White Wizzard

Los Angeles based musician Jake Dreyer has joined White Wizzard as the band's second guitarist. White Wizzard had the following to say about Dreyer joining the band:

"Jake is a great guy and fantastic talent. Lewis Stephens has toured with us over the last year and we wish him well on his new engagement and life in Wales. We now have a permanent final member and look forward to slaying you in the next few months."

Dreyer also added, "I am extremely excited to be a part of White Wizzard! I foresee this being a great fit musically and cannot wait to get out on the road for the Frets of Fury Tour in October! Just want to say thanks to the guys in the band for welcoming me in. See ya out on the road!"

Jake Dreyer has also recently become a guest columnist for GuitarWorld.com, and his first column can be found at this location.

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White Wizzard To Join Iced Earth On Tour

Los Angeles traditional heavy metal act White Wizzard, which is preparing for the release of the new album "Flying Tigers," has confirmed a European tour supporting Iced Earth. White Wizzard will be joining Iced Earth on the European leg of the "World Dystopia" tour, kicking off on October 30th in Bochum, Germany. The upcoming White Wizzard tour dates are as follows:

WHITE WIZZARD w/ FIREWIND, ARSIS, NIGHTRAGE
Oct. 09 - St. Petersburg, FL - The State Theater
Oct. 10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Oct. 11 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Oct. 12 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
Oct. 13 - Hampton, NH - Wally's
Oct. 14 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electriques
Oct. 15 - Ottawa, ON - Maverick's
Oct. 16 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Oct. 18 - Joliet, IL - Mojoe's
Oct. 19 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
Oct. 20 - Winnipeg, MB - The Osborne Village Inn
Oct. 21 - Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop
Oct. 22 - Kelowna, BC - Sapphire Nightclub
Oct. 23 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
Oct. 24 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Oct. 25 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 26 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Oct. 27 - Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go More...

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White Wizzard Comments On New Album Title

Los Angeles traditional heavy metal act White Wizzard is preparing for the release of the new album "Flying Tigers," which hits stores in Europe on September 19th and in North America on November 15th.

The band's bassist and mainman Jon Leon recently took some time to speak to Classic Rock magazine about the meaning behind "Flying Tigers," a tribute to a legendary World War II fighter squadron. Jon Leon comments:

"When I wrote the music and lyrics for this song, it just seemed so visual that it lent itself to being the album title. The Flying Tigers was the name given to the First American Volunteer Group of the Chinese Air Force, and they took on the Japanese, who had far superior aircraft, with incredible success. Their kill to death ratio was amazing."

White Wizzard is also offering a free download of the track "Starchild" at this location.

"Flying Tigers" features the core White Wizzard line-up of bassist, songwriter, and founding member Jon Leon, drummer Giovanni Durst, and studio vocalist Wyatt Anderson, who featured on the band's debut album, "Over the Top." The album was once again recorded with producer Ralpha Patlan in Phoenix, Arizona. White Wizzard also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...

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Firewind Posts Tour Teaser Trailer

Firewind has announced a European tour with Wolf in September and a subsequent North American tour in October with Arsis, Nightrage, and White Wizzard. A teaser trailer for the band's upcoming tour dates has now been posted online and can be viewed below.

The upcoming Firewind dates are as follows: More...

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White Wizzard Streaming New Track Online

Los Angeles traditional heavy metal act White Wizzard has released a brand new song online, titled "Starchild."

"Starchild" is the first new song from the band's forthcoming new album, "Flying Tigers," which is due to be released on September 19th, 2011. The track features studio vocalist Wyatt Anderson and can be heard in the clip below.

The new album's track listing and cover artwork are also available for viewing after the jump. More...

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White Wizzard Reveals "Flying Tigers" Details

Los Angeles traditional heavy metal act White Wizzard has officially revealed the details for the band's forthcoming new album, titled "Flying Tigers." The band's publicist commented on the sound of the upcoming album:

"'Flying Tigers' features twelve new tracks and expands on the band's traditional heavy metal blueprint, with songs ranging from fist-pumping NWOBHM-style anthems, through the arena rock power of 'Starchild,' to a six-track epic concept piece featuring science-fiction and philosophical elements tied together with a progressive vibe."

Flying Tigers features the core White Wizzard line-up of bassist, songwriter, and founding member Jon Leon, drummer Giovanni Durst, and studio vocalist Wyatt Anderson, who featured on the band's debut album, "Over the Top." The album was once again recorded with producer Ralph Patlan in Phoenix, Arizona.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Fight to the Death
2. West L.A. Nights
3. Starchild
4. Flying Tigers
5. Night Train to Tokyo
6. Night Stalker
7. Fall of Atlantis
8. Blood on the Pyramids
9. Demons and Diamonds
10. Dark Alien Overture
11. War of the Worlds
12. Starman's Son More...

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New Metal Songs Added To The Rock Band Network

After last week's full lineup of new metal songs hitting the Rock Band Network, this Friday's roundup doesn't have quite as many options, but there are a still a handful of songs to help metal heads rock out over the weekend. New music is hitting the Xbox 360 edition of the game from Severed, White Wizzard, Dillinger Escape Plan, and Bumblefoot.

The entire list of newly added Xbox 360 songs, including the non-metal music, is as follows:

Metal

Fallen Angel - "Grant Me Peace" (160 MSP)
Severed - "Envision" (160 MSP)
White Wizzard - "Over the Top" (160 MSP)
The Dillinger Escape Plan - "Farewell, Mona Lisa" (160 MSP) More...

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White Wizzard Parts Ways With Vocalist

American heavy metal outfit White Wizzard has seemingly parted company with lead singer Wyatt Anderson once again. This comes after Cellador singer Mike Germino was seen handling vocal duties for the band while they are on tour with thrash metal veterans Forbidden. A status from the band's Facebook page reads as follows:

"Wyatt Anderson wrote White Wizzard three weeks before tour and said he did not want to tour for personal, health and family reasons. This well after tour was booked and his flights. Mike has stepped in and is doing a stellar job. There will be a full press release soon. Ask Wyatt for further explanation."

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White Wizzard Kicking Off North American Tour

Los Angeles traditional heavy metal act White Wizzard is due to kick off a North American tour tonight, June 9th, at the world-famous Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood. White Wizzard will be joining reactivated Bay Area thrashers Forbidden for the three-week tour, along with Revocation and Havok. White Wizzard bassist and founding member Jon Leon comments:

"The band is in heavy rehearsals and firing on all cylinders. We have never sounded better. We have our work cut out for us, as we are going out with three amazingly talented groups. I am a fan of every band on the bill and Forbidden were my heroes growing up. It is going to be an amazing time!!! Come out and see for yourselves... Long live metal!!"

The dates are as follows:

June 09 - West Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go
June 11 - Sparks, NV - The Alley
June 12 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
June 13 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
June 14 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
June 15 - Kelowna, BC - Sapphire Nightclub
June 16 - Edmonton, AB - The Pawn Shop
June 17 - Regina, SK - Riddell Center
June 18 - Winnipeg, MB - Royal Albert Arms
June 20 - Milwaukee, WI - Mad Planet
June 21 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club
June 22 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
June 23 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
June 24 - Trenton, NJ - The Backstage at Championship Bar
June 25 - Columbus, OH - Alrosa Villa
June 26 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
June 27 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
June 29 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
June 30 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
July 01 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
July 02 - Escondido, CA - JT's Limelight

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Firewind Announces North American Headline Tour

Greek metallers Firewind have revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of North America. Support on the trek is set to come from Arsis, White Wizzard and Nightrage. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

Oct. 09 - St Petersburg, FL - The State Theater
Oct. 10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Oct. 11 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Oct. 12 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
Oct. 13 - Manchester, NH - Rocko's
Oct. 14 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electriques
Oct. 15 - Ottawa, ON - Maverick's
Oct. 16 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Oct. 18 - Joliet, IL - Mojoe's
Oct. 19 - St Paul, MN - Station 4
Oct. 20 - Winnipeg, MB - The Osborne Village Inn
Oct. 21 - Edmonton, AB - Pawn Shop
Oct. 22 - Kelowna, BC - Sapphire Nightclub
Oct. 23 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
Oct. 24 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Oct. 25 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Oct. 26 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Oct. 27 - Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go

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Havok Comments On Upcoming Tour Dates

Young Denver thrash battalion, Havok, which recently wrapped up a tour supporting Florida death metallers Malevolent Creation, is gearing up for two very special treks. The first is a short run of headlining dates that will commence in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 3rd and run through to Amarillo, Texas on May 12th. From there, the band will head home for a short break before joining Bay Area thrash act Forbidden, for a near month-long journey that will kick off in West Hollywood, California and level 22 North American cities before drawing to a close in Escondido, California. Also joining the tour will be Revocation and White Wizzard.

Commented vocalist/guitarist David Sanchez: "Starting May 3, we'll be heading out for a west coast run. Touring the west coast was how we got our start, so it always feels like home. It will be great to return for some head-smashing headline shows. Then in June, we'll be doing a US/Canada run, coast to coast, with Forbidden, Revocation and White Wizzard! I am so psyched to be touring with all of these great bands! Forbidden is one of my favorite thrash metal bands and I really hope to hear some songs from their first two albums. Revocation is one of my favorite bands to have come out in the last 10 years and they're all friends of ours, so I'm super pumped to get to hang out with them every night! I anticipate White Wizzard to be epic-as-fuck every night as well. I'm very excited to be a part of this tour because I feel that it will be one of the best metal packages of the 2011. Metal fans definitely won't want to miss this tour. Prepare for some massive amounts of headbanging. Looking forward to seeing you all on the road!"

Havok Headlining Dates:
5/03/2011 Club Vegas - Salt Lake City, UT
5/04/2011 Metalheads - Las Vegas, NV
5/07/2011 Lost On Main - Chico, CA
5/10/2011 Big Fish Pub - Tempe, AZ
5/11/2011 Juggernaut - Gallup, NM
5/12/2011 Sorority House - Amarillo, TX

Havok w/ Forbidden, Revocation, White Wizzard:
6/09/2011 Whiskey A Go-Go - W. Hollywood, CA
6/11/2011 The Alley - Sparks, NV
6/12/2011 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
6/13/2011 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
6/14/2011 Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC
6/15/2011 Sapphire Nightclub - Kelowna, BC
6/16/2011 Pawn Shop - Edmonton, AB
6/17/2011 Riddell Centre - Regina, SK
6/18/2011 Royal Albert Arms - Winnipeg, MB
6/19/2011 Station - St. Paul, MN
6/20/2011 Mad Planet - Milwaukee, WI
6/21/2011 Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
6/22/2011 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
6/23/2011 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
6/24/2011 Championship Bar - Trenton, NJ
6/25/2011 Alrosa Villa - Columbus, OH
6/26/2011 Fubar - St. Louis, MO
6/27/2011 Beaumont Club - Kansas City, MO
6/29/2011 Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO
6/30/2011 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
7/01/2011 Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
7/02/2011 JT's Limelight - Escondido, CA

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Revocation Updates Tour Schedule

Revocation has added a new handful of dates to its forthcoming run of touring. You can view the newly added dates in the list below. The new dates are in addition to the band's previously announced tour with White Wizzard.

05/01 Allston, MA – Great Scotts
05/13 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
05/21 Trenton, NJ – Championship Bar and Grille
05/26 Foxboro, MA – Fusion 5
06/01 Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose
06/02 Louisville, KY – Phoenix Hill Tavern
06/05 Tulsa, OK – The Marquee
06/06 Dallas, TX – Trees
06/07 Gallup, NM – The Juggernaut
06/08 Tucson, AZ – The Rock

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White Wizzard Comments on Forbidden Tour

Metal Underground recently reported on the North American tour dates for Forbidden, Havok, Revocation and White Wizzard. Los Angeles metal traditionalists White Wizzard are set to play their first shows since the return of vocalist Wyatt Anderson.

White Wizzard bassist and founding member Jon Leon comments:

"I am very excited to be touring with Forbidden. Forbidden was my favorite band of the Bay Area thrash/metal scene back in the day when I was a kid. I also hold them in the highest regard in musicianship, song writing and technical ability.

"Their first three albums, "Forbidden Evil," "Twisted Into Form," and "Distortion" were all big influences on me and inspired me to want to be a musician. I saw many a show back then, and there was no band in that scene that could pull off a live show better than Forbidden. Russ is one of the few GREAT singers in metal history and he is the best of ALL TIME in the history of thrash. That includes the so called "Big Four."

"I was so bummed they split in the late '90s, and when they reunited I went up to the Bay Area to see them and it was still magic. I have seen them twice since and they are just getting better and better.

"It is great to go open for a band I respect so much and the best part will be being able to watch their set every night!! Forbidden is a special band and it is great they are back making music and touring again. We are very thrilled to be along for the ride this time."

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Revocation To Tour With White Wizzard, Forbidden

Boston thrash metal act Revocation has announced the dates for its upcoming North American tour. Other bands appearing on the bill include White Wizzard, Forbidden and Havok. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

06/09 Hollywood, CA – The Whisky
06/11 Sparks, NV – The Alley
06/12 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
06/13 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
06/14 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
06/15 Kelowna, BC – Sapphire Nightclub
06/16 Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop
06/17 Regina, SK – Riddell Centre
06/18 Winnipeg, MB – Royal Albert Arms
06/20 Milwaukee, WI – Mad Planet
06/21 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
06/22 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
06/23 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
06/24 Trenton, NJ – Championship Bar And Grill
06/25 Columbus, OH – Al Rosa Villa
06/26 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
06/27 Kansas City, MO – The Beaumont Club
06/29 Denver, CO – The Marquis Theatre
06/30 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
07/01 Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse
07/02 Escondido, CA – JT’s Limelight

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Metalunderground.com's Best of 2010 Awards

The Grammys have been awarded, February is winding down, and we are officially late with our Best Of Year in Metal acknowledgments. So let's get to it. Like every year, I polled our diverse staff of metalheads to obtain their picks in several categories for 2010.

2010 was an interesting year in metal. Was it good? Yes. But not what one might expect at the outset. There were a lot of releases by big names, but most did not make the splash one would expect. Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Fear Factory, Dimmu Borgir, Dark Tranquility, and Living Sacrifice all put out decent albums, but nothing too bold or worth raving over. 2010 was one more year removed from the fading metalcore trend; a year in which we could savor thrash's second life, and melodic death metal is still living strong. When the trendiest things are a return to thrash and technical metal (despite losing much of its death metal influences), that's not too bad from a metal perspective.

It's hard to say 2010 was a year for the underground to shine. The true underground bands rarely get widely noticed. But there were quite a few lesser known bands making names for themselves and grabbing their fair share of attention last year. Why is this? Is it a sign of a changing of the guard in light of the aging greats, and perhaps despite the thrash revival? It's hard to say, but personally, I discovered a lot of new bands that I thoroughly enjoy, so I am all for continuing along this path.

Let's get down to the details and talk about those bands that made 2010 a solid year for heavy metal by announcing the Metalunderground.com staff picks for 2010. The staff picks include the following categories: Best Metal Album of 2010, Best Metal DVD of 2010, Best Metal Newcomer of 2010, Best Live Act of 2010, and Most Anticipated Release for 2011. More...

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White Wizzard Reunites With Wyatt Anderson

Los Angeles traditional metal act White Wizzard has announced the return of vocalist Wyatt Anderson. Affectionately known as "The Screamin' Demon," Anderson previously appeared on the band's sophomore release, "Over The Top" and has rejoined the band as the full-time front man. He replaces Peter Ellis, whose U.S. visa issues prevented him from participating in any long term recording or touring plans. Wyatt Anderson is currently recording vocals for the band's next release and will be a part of the band's 2011 world tour.

Jon Leon commented on the reunion: "I am happy to announce that vocalist Wyatt Anderson has rejoined White Wizzard. I want to first and foremost thank Peter Ellis for giving us his all during the last few months. He is a great guy and we wish him all the best. I am sure he will find a great band and he will always be a part of us.

"In the end Wyatt and I were able to find a way to make it work. It is what the fans have asked for as well. We know we had something special with Wyatt singing and myself writing, and we want to progress on that chemistry and keep moving forward. We found a way to work around some obstacles so we can pick up where we left off. Over the Top was an album we are both proud of. We are now recording the follow up due out early summer. We plan massive touring in 2011 as well. Thanks to our fans and I am proud and happy to say the screamin' demon is back."

Here is a statement from "The Screamin' Demon" himself:

"Sometimes, people have to take a step back to gain perspective of their lives. That's what I did. I didn't see myself getting what I had always wanted out of a band at the level that White Wizzard was. I didn't like being told what to do, not realizing that it was not only for the benefit of the band, but also for my benefit. Once I had stepped back, though, I began to see that I WAS getting what I had always wanted, it was just coming at a slower rate than what I had expected. Most people who dream of being in a professional band, spend their lives in pursuit of that dream, and never even come close; and I had just given it up. Fortunately, there is a silver lining to this story. White Wizzard and I have reconciled our differences, and I am proud to say that I will once again be handling the vocal duties. This is going to be an exciting time for all in the White Wizzard camp, and I look forward to seeing all of you fans out there once again."

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