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Band Photo: Therapy? (?)

Formed: 1989
From: Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Therapy? News

Below is our complete Therapy? 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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Wacken Open Air Live Stream Available

This weekend, you can stream portions of the 2016 edition of Wacken Open Air live via Arte.tv. Some of the top bands offered for streaming: Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Saxon, Testament, Eluveitie and Ministry (among others).

The live stream can be accessed at this location.

The schedule for streaming can be found below (note: all times are CET):

Thursday, August 4th:

16h50-17h35 Henry Rollins
17h40-18h05 Hämatom
18h10-19h25 Saxon
19h30-20h30 Panzerballett
20h35-21h25 Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band
21h30-23h30 Iron Maiden
23h35-00h15 Therapy?
00h15-00h45 (tba)
00h45-01h00 Born to Lose, Lived To Win (A Farewell to Lemmy Kilmister)

Friday, August 5:

16h20 17h20 Entombed A.D.
17h25-18h25 Axel Rudi Pell
18h30-19h45 Eluveitie
19h50-21h05 Bullet For My Valentine
21h10-22h25 Tarja
22h30-00h00 Blind Guardian
00h15-01h30 Ministry
01h45-03h00 Testament

Saturday, August 6th:

15h40-16h55 Borknagar
17h00-18h10 Metal Church
18h15-19h30 Therion
19h35-20h50 Steel Panther
20h55-22h10 Clutch
22h15-23h30 Triptykon
23h35-00h35 (tba)
00h40-01h55 Parkway Drive
01h55-03h10 Arch Enemy More...

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Hellfest Live Stream Available This Weekend

Hellfest Open Air takes places this weekend in Clisson, France and many great acts are set to appear. If you are unable to make the festival, then you can enjoy some of the bands via a live stream at this location. Click on the link and scroll to the bottom.

Among the acts set to be streamed (check out the link for the official "countdown" clock for each act):

June 20th:

Death Angel

June 21st:

We Came As Romans

June 22nd:

Angra More...

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Sunday Old School 200: Monsters Of Rock

This week’s edition of Sunday Old School is a very special one because today sees Sunday Old School reach two hundred official articles! So to celebrate this little milestone of ours, I wanted to look back in rock and metal history and find a true landmark moment in the genre. A moment that let the world know that heavy music was here to stay and meant so much to so many. And nothing seemed like a bigger moment in general metal history than when promoter Paul Loasby teamed up with Maurice Jones and formed a festival, which was to be held at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England, and would be known as Monsters of Rock.

The one day event was initially scheduled to be a grand final date for Rainbow’s UK tour, a band whom Loasby had recently been promoting. Rainbow were joined at the inaugural event by established German rockers, the Scorpions, who had just released their seventh album, "Animal Magnetism" and Judas Priest, who were riding high thanks to the wildly successful, "British Steel" album. Also on the bill that day were heavy metal upstarts, Saxon, who were considered the leaders of the exciting young, New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement at the time, Canadian hard rock veterans, April Wine and New York openers Riot and Touch. The festival was a resounding success, drawing in thirty five thousand fans and a live compilation album, which sold well.

Although it was initially conceived only as a vehicle for Rainbow, it was announced on the day of the first edition that the festival would return the next year. AC/DC were to be the headliners in 1981, marking the first of their record holding three headline appearances at the event. It was a somewhat lighter tone in the sophomore year, where AC/DC were joined Whitesnake, American stars, Blue Oyster Cult and quite interestingly, British glam rock veterans, Slade, who had recently found favour with the heavy metal audience after a brief time out of the limelight. Rounding off the bill was Blackfoot, a Southern Rock band from Jacksonville, Florida and More, who were notable for featuring former Iron Maiden vocalist, Paul Day, as well as a DJ set from the BBC’s voice of rock, Tommy Vance. The varied lineups continued, with Status Quo (AKA, your nan’s favourite band) headlining the event in 1982, where they were joined by other established rockers such as Gillan, Uriah Heep and Hawkwind, as well as a young Canadian group named, Anvil and Monsters of Rock veterans, Saxon, who became the first band to appear twice, before Whitesnake closed the event in 1983, which also featured Meat Loaf and ZZ Top, who were placed higher than such heavy metal favourites as Dio, Diamond Head and Twisted Sister. More...

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Pit Stories: Balls Out Bawling

Every week we talk to bands from all over the world and hear some of their favourite stories from the mosh pit.

This week, Therapy? frontman Andy Cairns dishes some dirt on two of the most common things to be seen at a Therapy? show, nudity and crying, two things which really don't go together.

I've seen quite a lot of nudity in my time. Once in Oxford a friend of ours, Diamond Dave, ended up coming over the barrier wearing nothing but a sawn off Coke can taped to his genitals, how he didn't castrate himself Idon't know.

We also get a lot of screaming and crying. We had a hit in Europe with a cover of Husker Du's 'Diane' and for a while lots of gigs would have lots of inflatable dolls flying through the air with the crowd surfers, quite a sight. Yep, nudity and sexual deviance seem to feature heavily among some of the more enthusiastic members of our fans.

We recently spoke to Andy Cairns about the new Therapy? album, "A Brief Crack of Light," touring and why he feels the band have always been outsiders. "A Brief Crack Of Light" will be released on September 11th in North America and is available now in Europe. Be sure to come back next tuesday for more Pit Stories!

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Therapy? Unveils New Video

Irish old schoolers Therapy? have finally unveiled the new official video for the single "Living in the Shadow of the Terrible Thing" from their forthcoming 13th album "A Brief Crack of Light." The single is due out January 23rd with the actual album release on February 6th through Blast Records. The clip was filmed by British video team Sitcom Soldiers.

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Therapy? Reveals New Album Details

Northern Irish alternative metal outfit Therapy? has revealed that their forthcoming new studio album, "A Brief Crack Of Light" will be released on February 6th through Blast Records, with a music video for the song, "Living In The Shadow Of A Terrible Thing" to premiere on January 23rd. In addition to this, the group will once again be working with artist Nigel Rolfe for the records front cover artwork, which can be seen below. The band has also revealed the tracklisting for the album, which is as follows:

1. Living In The Shadow Of The Terrible Thing
2. Plague Bell
3. Marlow
4. Before You, With You, After You
5. The Buzzing
6. Get Your Dead Hand Off My Shoulder
7. Ghost Trio
8. Why Turbulence?
9. Stark Raving Sane
10. Ecclesiastes More...

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Black Spiders Added To Jagermeister Music Tour

The organizers of the 2012 edition of the Jagermeister Music Tour has confirmed that British hard rock outfit Black Spiders has been added to the lineup, in addition to headline act Skindred and Therapy?.

"Being asked to be a part of the 2012 Jäger tour is an honour and an absolute pleasure,” frontman Pete Spiby says. “The low ticket price, combined with the quality of the line up is going to be very hard to beat next year and it'll probably sell out before Xmas. Every person at these shows will be well and truly rocked. Fact."

The tour dates are as follows:

April 10 - O2 Academy - Leeds, England
April 11 - O2 ABC - Glasgow, Scotland
April 12 - O2 Academy - Newcastle, England
April 13 - O2 Academy - Brixton, England
April 14 - O2 Academy - Bristol, England

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Skindred And Therapy? To Tour Together

Jägermeister has announced that it will be holding it's own tour for the second time, in which Welsh ragga metal outfit Skindred will serve as the headlining band, with Northern Irish veterans Therapy? also on the bill. More bands will be confirmed shortly. Tickets for the 2012 Jägermeister UK Music Tour are just £5.00 (adv) per person thanks to Jägermeister subsidising admission so that fans can attend the tour for an incredible one-off ticket price.

Tickets will be available from 9 AM on Friday, November 11th November from ticketweb.co.uk or 0844 477 2000.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Sunday Old School: Therapy?

So far this year in Sunday Old School, we’ve covered bands from a variety of places including Switzerland, Australia, Norway and Japan, as well as the expected English and American groups, but we have yet to look at a band from the Emerald Isle. This week we’ll be rectifying this by taking a gander at the Northern Irish alternative metal/rock band, Therapy? The seeds of the band were sewn in 1989 when guitarist Andy Cairns spotted drummer Fyfe Ewing performing in a punk rock band at a local charity gig. The two began talking after the show and soon recorded a demo tape, with Cairns also handling the bass duties, having borrowed the instrument from Michael McKeegan, a classmate of Ewing’s who was officially recruited into the band when they decided to begin performing live. After releasing their first single, "Meat Abstract" in July of 1990, Therapy? soon attracted the attention of legendary British disc jockey, John Peel and took slots supporting a variety of bands, including Madchester outfit Inspiral Carpets and Ian Mackeye’s post-Minor Threat band, Fugazi amongst others. After these accomplishments, they signed with independent record label, Wiiija, through which they released their first two albums, "Babyteeth" and "Pleasure Death."

The two albums were enough to secure the group a new record deal with major label, A&M and soon afterwards, the band found their first taste of commercial success when they released, "Nurse" in November 1992, which was able to reach the Top 40 in the U.K. Album Charts, thanks largely to the single, "Teethgrinder," which entered the Top 40 in the Singles Charts. They then scored a string of successful EPs including, "Shortsharpshock," which featured the song, "Screamager," perhaps the best known Therapy? song and one which incorporated the feelings of teenage emotions as brilliantly as their fellow Northern Irishmen, The Undertones had done fifteen years prior with, "Teenage Kicks," albeit in a much darker fashion. Following two more successful EPs in "Face The Strange" and "Opal Mantra," the group released, "Troublegum," their biggest album to date, in February 1994. "Troublegum" featured no less than six singles including the Joy Division cover, "Isolation," which had two different videos made to promote it. The popularity of the record led the band to a Kerrang! Award and a Mercury Prize nomination. More...

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Orange Goblin To Play Hard Rock Hell

Orange Goblin announced last month that the band will be entering the studio in August to record a new album. The band also also now been confirmed to appear at the Hard Rock Hell V festival, which takes place at Pontins, Prestatyn, North Wales from Thursday 1st of December to Sunday the 4th of December 2011.

Orange Goblin will play on the Main Stage on Saturday, December 3rd and other acts appearing over the weekend include Girlschool, Tygers of Pan Tang, Black Stone Cherry, The Quireboys, Raven, Praying Mantis, Tyketto, Black Spiders, SAHG, Therapy?, Wolfsbane, Witchfynde, an exclusive festival appearance by Ace Frehley and many more.

Check out this location for more details and ticket information.

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Therapy? Comments On The Passing Of Gary Moore

Irish hard rock act Therapy? has posted the following statement online in response to the passing of Gary Moore:

"Just heard the very sad news that Gary Moore has passed away. The Belfast-born guitar legend was a big inspiration for myself growing up in Northern Ireland, both for his work with Thin Lizzy and his very successful solo career.

"We had the pleasure of meeting Gary and his band last summer at the Pinkpop Classic festival in Holland. After watching their (killer) show, we were introduced and Gary came over to our dressing room and chatted away to us. He was everything you'd want a hero to be… laid back, modest and very genuine, with a cool sense of humour.

"Our condolences go out to his family, friends and bandmates."

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Therapy? Reveals Live Album Tracklisting

Irish hard rock act Therapy? has revealed the tracklisting for its first-ever official live album, "We're Here To The End." "We're Here To The End" is set for release on November 8 through Global Music. The album features 36 tracks spanned across two discs and was recorded in March of 2010 when the band performed three nights at the London Water Rats Theatre as part of its 20th-anniversary celebration.

The "We're Here To The End" tracklisting is:
1. Screamager
2. Sister
3. Turn
4. Enjoy The Struggle
5. Die Like A Motherfucker
6. Stories
7. Meat Abstract
8. Exiles
9. Skyward
10. A Moment Of Clarity
11. Sprung
12. Neck Freak
13. Diane
14. Potato Junkie
15. Dancin' With Manson
16. If It Kills Me
17. Rust

1. Nausea
2. Knives
3. Nowhere
4. Evil Elvis
5. Epilepsy
6. Rain Hits Concrete
7. Our White Noise
8. Opal Mantra
9. Fantasy Bag
10. Church Of Noise / The Head That Tried To Strangle Itself
11. Polar Bear
12. Crooked Timber
13. Punishment Kiss
14. Trigger Inside
15. Innocent X
16. Die Laughing
17. Isolation
18. Teethgrinder

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Therapy? Announces 20th Anniversary Live Album

To commemorate their 20th anniversary, Therapy? and Global Music have announced that the band will be releasing their first official live album in the Summer 2010 and you’re invited to the recording. Therapy? will be performing three London shows running the 29th, 30th and 31st March 2010 at the Monto Water Rats Theatre to be recorded for the live album. Each night the band will perform a different set-list drawn from their extensive recording career.

The release will be a celebration, marking their 20th Anniversary and long-standing catalogue of music with breakthrough records including "Babyteeth" (1991) and "Troublegum" (1994); songs such as "Nowhere" (1994), "Screamager" (1994) and "Church Of Noise" (1998); with 13 studio albums, their latest being "Crooked Timber" (2009), a diverse selection of songs is to be expected over the three nights.

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Therapy? Announces European Tour Dates

UK’s THERAPY? Has announced a European tour this fall. The tour is in support of their Spring release of “CROOKED TIMBER.” The tour dates are as follows:

14 Oct - Sin City, Swansea, UK
15 Oct - Thekla, Bristol, UK
16 Oct - TJ's, Newport, UK
18 Oct - Concorde, Brighton, UK
19 Oct - Garage, London, UK
20 Oct - Garage, London, UK
21 Oct - Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, UK
22 Oct - Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, UK
24 Oct - Damnation Festival (University), Leeds, UK
25 Oct - Academy 3, Liverpool, UK
26 Oct - Academy 3, Manchester, UK
27 Oct - King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, UK
28 Oct - King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, UK
29 Oct - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
31 Oct - Academy 2, Oxford, UK
1 Nov - Chinnery's, Southend, UK
2 Nov - Club Revolution, Peterborough, UK
4 Nov - O13, Tilburg, Holland
5 Nov - Nor, Heerlen, Holland
6 Nov - Patronatt, Haarlem, Holland
7 Nov - Cafe Central, Weinheim, Germany
8 Nov - Die Rohre, Stuttgart, Germany
9 Nov - Kulturladen, Konstanz, Germany
10 Nov - Z7, Prattlin, Switzerland
12 Nov - Music Drome, Milan, Italy
13 Nov - Alpheus, Rome, Italy
14 Nov - Rock Planet, Ravena, Italy
16 Nov - Rockhouse, Salzburg, Austria
17 Nov - TBC, Austria
20 Nov - Kantine, Augsburg, Germany
21 Nov - Musikbunker, Aachen, Germany
23 Nov - Werk 2, Liepzig, Germany
24 Nov - Firlej, Wroclaw, Poland
25 Nov - Stodola, Warsaw, Poland
26 Nov - SO36, Berlin, Germany
27 Nov - Vier Linden, Hildesheim, Germany
28 Nov - Stone Im Ratingerhof, Dusseldorf, Germany
30 Nov - Jokus, Giessen, Germany
01 Dec - Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
03 Dec - De Zwerver, Leffinge, Belgium
04 Dec - Nouveau Casino, Paris, France
05 Dec - Mod, Hassalt, Belgium
06 Dec - Cc Mechelen, Mechelen, Belgium

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Life Of Agony To Headline Damnation Festival

New York crossover legends Life Of Agony will be heading to the United Kingdom for the first time in four years this October to headling the Jager stage at the Damnation Festival which takes place on October 24th at the Leeds University.

Damnation Festival director Gavin McInally said: "Landing a headliner of Life of Agony’s stature is a major coup and the fact it’s the first time they’ll play the UK in four years, makes it all the more special.

"After playing some off the biggest and most respected rock and metal events across Europe this summer, they’ll fly in from New York for this one-off performance and we’re delighted to host what is sure to be a special show."

The lineup is as follows: More...

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Therapy? Annoucnes UK Tour Dates

UK's THERAPY?, will be hitting the road this October with a full set of dates throughout the UK in support of their Spring release of ‘CROOKED TIMBER.’

Therapy?'s tour dates are as follows:

14-Oct Sin City, Swansea
15-Oct Thekla, Bristol
16-Oct TJ’s, Newport
18-Oct Concorde, Brighton
19-Oct The Garage, London
20-Oct The Garage, London
21-Oct Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
22-Oct Wedgewood, Portsmouth
24-Oct Leeds University, Leeds
25-Oct Academy 3, Liverpool
26-Oct Academy 3, Manchester
27-Oct King Tuts, Glasgow
28-Oct King Tuts, Glasgow
29-Oct Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

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Manatees Confirmed For Damnation Festival

Manatees has been confirmed for UK's Damnation Festival 2009, set to take place Saturday 24th October at Leeds University Union.

Festival director Gavin McInally said: "Manatees will bring to the mix their blend of soul-crushing progressive sludge in what is shaping up to be our most eclectic lineup yet."

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


For more information, visit damnationfestival.co.uk.

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Seventeen More Bands Added To Download 2009

The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a urther seventeen bands for this years edition of the event. The festival will now see appearances from Hollywood Undead, Steel Panther, Trigger The Bloodshed, Lauren Harris, Hexes, Hunting The Minotaur, Japanese Voyeurs, White Man Kamikaze, Loverman, Black Spiders, General Fiasco, Sacred Mother Tongue, The 69 Eyes, Dear Superstar, Pulled Apart By Horses, Violent Soho and Brides.

The full lineup is now as follows:

Friday Main stage:
Faith No More
Limp Bizkit
Killswitch Engage
Billy Talent
The Blackout
Hollywood Undead

Friday Second stage:
Motley Crue
Lacuna Coil
Bring Me The Horizon
Dir En Grey
Parkway Drive
A Day To Remember
In This Moment

Friday Tuborg stage:
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Backyard Babies
Middle Class Rut
Lauren Harris
Hunting The Minotaur
Japanese Voyeurs
White Man Kamikaze More...

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Several More Bands Added To Download Festival 2009

The organizers of Britains Download Festival has announced a string of new confirmations for this years event. The festival will now also see performances from the likes of Hatebreed, Voivod, God Forbid, Suicide Silence, Sylosis, Therapy?, Tim "Ripper" Owens, In This Moment, We Are The Ocean, Turbo Wolf, A Day To Remember, Backyard Babies, Hostile, Esoterica, Man Raze, Middle Class Rut and No Americana.

The lineup for the event is now as follows:

Faith No More
Def Leppard
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Chris Cornell
Black Stone Cherry
Lacuna Coil
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Tim "Ripper" Owens
Papa Roach
In This Moment
The Answer
Suicide Silence
Bring Me The Horizon
Five Finger Death Punch
Duff McKagen's Loaded
You Me At Six
Parkway Drive
Dir En Grey
The Blackout
Billy Talent
Lawnmower Deth
Backyard Babies
A Day To Remember
We Are The Ocean
Auger Bane
Man Raze
Karma To Burn
Middle Class Rut
Turbo Wolf
No Americana

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Therapy? Announces UK Tour Dates

UK metallers, Therapy?, have announced a series of UK tour dates in support of their latest album "Crooked Timber." The tour dates are as follows:

05/03 - NEWCASTLE - 02 Academy 2
05/04 - GLASGOW - ABC 2
05/05 - LONDON - 02 Academy Islington
05/14 - DERRY - Nerve Centre
05/15 - DUBLIN - Academy

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