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The reunited "Remnants of War"-era lineup of HELSTAR shared the stage with TESTAMENT Tuesday, March 27, at the Scout Bar in Houston, Texas.
Commented HELSTAR bassist Jerry Abarca: "This show was GREAT!!! Sold out... You had to walk on top of people just to get anywhere. If you missed it, maybe next time. HELSTAR made an official announcement last night. HELSTAR will be recording a new album. This year!!! And will be shopping for a great label. We did play a new one for the crowd and it was a frenzy of madness. To be all honest it was it was a madhouse and of course I had to come to work today. I was well worth it. Thanks for everyone's time and we hope to see you in the near future..."
HELSTAR's current lineup includes Abarca, guitarists Larry Barragan and Rob Trevino, vocalist James Rivera (also in VICIOUS RUMORS, KILLING MACHINE), and drummer Russell DeLeon.
Milwaukee Metal Fest XIX has announced that the majority of our undercard has been booked. Undercard bands are featured, non-headlining bands and 36 featured bands are listed below. Though the list is substantial, it's not quite all of them. There will be more undercard announcements in a few days.
Milwaukee Metal Fest XIX The Undercard: More...
Original Vicious Rumors member and bassist Dave Starr has left the band as of January 23, 2007. Dave played bass on the first 5 Vicious Rumors albums (and was featured in several other VR DVD's, MTV videos, and band compilations). He returned to the band in 2005 to record the new WarBall CD in 2006. Dave commented:
"My history with VR goes back nearly 23 years, and in many ways the band will always be a part of me, however it's time for me to concentrate 100% of my time and energy on my own music, my own band, and playing guitar. My band WildeStarr (along with incredible vocalist London Wilde) is something I have been working on for a few years now, and I took time off from this to work with VR again and record the WarBall album."
"I am happy with the way the new VR CD came out, and thrilled with the response it has received so far from the fans and press. It was great to play and record with VR again. I remain on good terms with everyone in the band and wish them well in the future."
Look for the debut CD by WildeStarr in late 2007. Dave describes the band's sound as "Heavy, melodic, and intense."
Dave's departure comes just prior to the the band heading out on tour. They had lined up a number of live dates during the coming months, including a San Francisco show with TESTAMENT and RUFFIANS at The Independant on January 27 with more shows to be confirmed. There was no information on the impact on touring plans at this time, however.
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers VICIOUS RUMORS have lined up a number of live dates during the coming months, including a San Francisco show with TESTAMENT and RUFFIANS at The Independant on January 27. The group's schedule is now shaping up as follows (venue details to be announced):
Jan. 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independant
Feb. 23 - Santa Rosa, CA @ [to be announced]
Feb. 24 - Alameda, CA @ [to be announced]
Mar. 08 - San Antonio, TX @ [to be announced]
Mar. 09 - Corpus Christi, TX @ [to be announced]
Mar. 10 - Houston, TX @ [to be announced]
Mar. 15 - Palmetto, FL @ [to be announced]
Mar. 16 - Tampa, FL @ [to be announced]
Mar. 17 - Cayey, Puerto Rico @ [to be announced]
Mar. 21 - Detroit, MI @ [to be announced]
Mar. 22 - Ohio @ [to be announced]
Mar. 23 - Ohio @ [to be announced]
Mar. 24 - Ohio @ [to be announced]
Apr. 12 - Los Angeles, CA @ [to be announced]
Apr. 13 - San Diego, CA @ [to be announced]
Apr. 14 - Las Vegas, NV @ [to be announced]
Apr. 16 - Japan @ [to be announced]
Apr. 17 - Japan @ [to be announced]
Apr. 18 - Japan @ [to be announced]
Apr. 19 - Japan @ [to be announced]
Apr. 20 - Japan @ [to be announced]
VICIOUS RUMORS drummer Larry Howe has joined W.A.S.P. as the replacement for Stet Howland. "[Larry] auditioned a few weeks ago and Blackie [Lawless, W.A.S.P. mainman] called him back and told him he had the gig," VICIOUS RUMORS bassist Dave Starr said. "He flies to Los Angeles this weekend to start work with the band for the new tour dates that start soon.
"As far as Larry and VICIOUS RUMORS goes, we have a break now with no tour dates while Geoff [Thorpe, VICIOUS RUMORS mainman] finishes the new [VR] CD so the timing is good for everyone," continued Dave. "Larry says Blackie wants him to do the tour and then what happens next will be figured out down the line. Larry remains a member of VICIOUS RUMORS. I still want Larry to do the WILDESTARR CD with my wife and I, and I hope he can still do that at some point later this year.
"This is great news for Larry, and I gave him congrats on the phone. It's a win-win situation for everyone involved."
W.A.S.P.'s U.S. tour is scheduled to kick off May 19 in Sacramento, California. W.A.S.P. had utilized the services of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN / SILVER MOUNTAIN drummer Patrick Johansson for the U.S. dates they played in February/March.
Lizzy Borden have announced the following headlining shows along with a west coast tour with W.A.S.P.:
May 5 - Las Vegas, Nevada @ Empire Ballroom
May 6 - Lakewood, CO @ Ecks Salon
May 7 - Loveland, CO @ Shaffers White Buffalo
May 19 - Sacramento, CA @ Kennel Club
May 21 - San Diego, CA @ Canes
May 22 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Cajun House
May 23 - El Paso, TX @ Stampede
May 24 Chihuahua, Mexico @ Club Private
May 26 - Arlington, TX @ Dreamworld Music Complex
May 27 - Houston, TX @ Forgetta Bout it
May 28 - Victoria, TX @ Riverside Convention
June 1 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
June 4 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
June 6 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
Lizzy Borden has announced the addition of guitarist, Ira Black (Metal Church, Vicious Rumors).
"Ira came in, turned up and started shredding up the place, I can't wait for everyone to hear him play all the Borden songs. The rehearsals so far have been just crushing! He's just the new blood we've been dying for"
The band, however, have decided to go back to their classic line up of two guitarists, so they are still on the lookout for a second guitarist of equal abilities.
Any interested parties:
- MUST live in Los Angeles
- Must be a shredder with taste (Rhoads/Wylde)
- Must have stage presence and be a part of the Lizzy Borden Show.
Send us a link to your website so we may hear samples of your playing and see pictures. No snail mail please.
Vicious Rumors, are in the studio recording their 9th studio album scheduled for release in May 06. Laying down the tracks on this release will be an all-star, veteran lineup: Geoff Thorpe (guitars), Brad Gillis (guitars), James Rivera (vocals), Dave Starr (bass) and Larry Howe (drums).
Brad Gillis (Ozzy, Night Ranger) returns to metal with Vicious Rumors for their new cd and tour. Brad entered the metal scene in 1982, stepping up to replace the late, great, Randy Rhoades on Ozzy’s “Diary of a Madman” tour. Brad left Ozzy following his electrifying performance on “Speak of the Devil – Live” and went on to multi-platinum success with Night Ranger. There is no doubt that Brad’s guitar work is sure to be a formidable addition to the VR guitar assault.
James Rivera (Helstar, Flotsam & Jetsam, Seven Witches) brings a true metal spirit to Vicious Rumors. With his powerful and dynamic voice, James has recorded and toured with many legendary metal outfits and now finds a new home in VR for their 2006 release and tour.
Dave Starr, VR’s original bass player, has rejoined the band. Dave performed on VR’s earliest releases including, “Soldiers of the Night”, “Vicious Rumors” self-titled album, “Welcome to the Ball” and “Plug in and Hang On – Live”. With Dave’s return, the band is now 3 original members strong reforming the very nucleus that originated VR’s classic style and sound.
“This is truly a very exciting time for VR. The chemistry between the five of us is very wicked!” says band founder, Geoff Thorpe.
Vicious Rumors is planning a worldwide tour in support of their new CD following its release this spring.
RUFFIANS, the reunited power metal band that at one time featured in its ranks late VICIOUS RUMORS frontman Carl Albert, will embark an a two-week European tour in October/November. The dates are as follows:
Oct. 28 - Lubeck, GER - Sounds
Oct. 29 - Brande-Hornerkirchen, GER – Cantina
Oct. 30 - Leeuwarden, NETH - TBA
Nov. 02 - Vorst-Laakdal, BEL - Den Auwel
Nov. 03 - Zurich, SWI - Abart
Nov. 04 – ITA - TBA
Nov. 05 - Lauda-Konigshofen, GER - Keep It True Festival
RUFFIANS have just released a double CD, "There & Back", featuring material spanning from 1984 to 2004, in August via Old School Metal Records (OSM Records). All tracks were re-mastered by Colin Davis at Imperial Mastering.
Over 700 metal fans turned out for the Thrash Against Cancer benefit on July 9 at the Pound amphitheatre in San Francisco. Bands playing the benfit included: TESTAMENT, HIRAX, LAAZ ROCKIT, VICIOUS RUMORS, MUDFACE, AGENT STEEL, IMAGIKA, DEKAPITATOR, KAOS, BROCAS HELM, RIGHTEOUS SIRE, HANGAR 18, NEIL TURBIN'S DEATHRIDERS (featuring original ANTHRAX vocalist Neil Turbin), DREAMS OF DAMNATION (featuring former DARK ANGEL guitarist Jim Durkin), ANGER AS ART, MYSTIC RAGE.
Keith Regan, whose family is one of the recipients of the proceeds from the show, was extremely pleased with how the event turned out. “The crew from TAC deserves the utmost respect and praise from my family and everyone who decided to attend the show, “ Regan said. “They were instrumental in every aspect of the behind the scenes and made the day go as smooth as it could be. The show it self was incredible! All the people that approached us had nothing but high praise to say about every band!” Regan is looking into organizing another Thrash Against Cancer show next year, possibly involving different genres of music, in order to raise money for families with children who have pediatric cancer.
RUFFIANS, the reunited power metal band that at one time featured in its ranks late VICIOUS RUMORS frontman Carl Albert, have signed a deal with Old School Metal Records (OSM Records). The group will release a double CD, "There & Back", featuring material spanning from 1984 to 2004, on August 1.
Commented RUFFIANS guitarist Craig Behrhorst: "It will be nice to have the '84 demo released. However not as produced, I feel some of the versions of these songs have a better feel than the EP versions since it was the first time we ever recorded them. There will also be a video track from the Bang Your Head Festival 2004 in Balingen, Germany. So you get some vintage RUFFIANS as well as some new. A 20-year span!"
Added Patrick Ramseier, CEO OSM Records: "We are very excited to have signed the RUFFIANS to OSM Records, 'Old-school' at its finest! You will get to hear some material that has never been released on CD."
"There & Back" tentative track listing: More...
Tris of aces from USA for Cultural Association Orpheus: Anvil, Exciter and Vicious Rumors confirmed their shows at Tradate Iron Fest 2005! Finally 3 so much appreciated bands are back in Italy for really awsome gigs!
Other bands confirmed:
Pink Cream 69
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area melodic metallers Vicious Rumors have signed a European record deal with Holland's Mascot Records. The group's follow-up to 2001's "Sadistic Symphony", titled "Immortal", is tentatively due this spring. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Poveglia", "Broken Wings", and "Fight". More information will be made available soon.