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Metal News for May 22, 2008

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22 news articles posted on this day.

Ihsahn E-Card Available

Candlelight records have posted all of the songs from Ihsahn's upcoming album "AngL" online as an e-card. The album can be heard here.

"AngL" will be released in the U.S. on May 27th, and will feature Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth performing guest vocals on the track "Unhealer".

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Into Eternity Recaps US / Japan Tour

Tim Roth of Canadian progressive death metal band Into Eternity has issued the following report of their US and Japan tour:

"The band is back home now in Canada (Steve lives in Boston) after another couple of successful tours. The Symphony X/Epica/Into Eternity US Tour was one of the best we have ever had. The US crowds are killer and we love playing south of our border! After the tour was over, we played a headlining gig and then a sold out show in Pittsburgh with Children Of Bodom. I have never seen such a brutal pit and stage diving! It was an insane crowd, so thanks to COB for letting us play the show with them. They are a great band.

"Next up was a 25 hour plane ride to Osaka, Japan. A big hello to all of the crew and bands we played with on the Extreme The Dojo Vol.20! Also thank you to Toys Factory and Smash West for bringing us to Japan for the very first time. Some people were saying that the Japanese crowd would be more quiet than we were used to. The crowds we played for were great! They were chanting, starting pits and clapping before we even entered the stage. This is a tour that we will never forget. I could not believe how cool all the fans were. They would be waiting at the hotel lobby for pictures and autographs and some were at the bullet train as well! The band got treated like real professionals on that tour and we hope to come back for our new album, 'The Incurable Tragedy.' The Osaka show was great. I had no idea that the fans would know the words to our songs in every city, but I guess that is the power of the internet nowadays. In Nagoya we played in a shopping mall and at the top was a cool rock venue called Club Quattro. Playing Tokoyo was also a dream come true. We got there a day early, so half of the band went sightseeing, but Stu and I went to Toys Factory and did some interviews with some big Japan mags like Burrn, Eat and my favorite, Young Guitar! I remember as a kid ordering the Young Guitar Yngwie Malmsteen instructional VHS tapes. They changed my playing style from that day forward. Yngwie is my favorite guitar player of all time. I'm glad to see him on the cover of the new Guitar World as well. Shred guitar is finally back in!!

"Thanks to all the fans who came out on all of our recent shows. Next up is Summer Slaughter in Canada. We'll be back out soon. Keep it metal!!!"

Into Eternity will be embarking on the Summer Slaughter Canadian tour alongside Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Beneath the Massacre, Neuraxis, Whitechapel, Veil of Maya, Divinity and Common Grave. Cities and venues TBA. For more information, visit the Summer Slaughter MySpace page.

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Darkest Hour to Headline "Thrash and Burn" Tour

The organizers who have put together the "Summer Slaughter" tour, which will feature Vader, The Black Dahlia Murder, Crytopsy, Aborted and others, and is being called the "summer's most extreame tour," have come together to make the "Thrash and Burn" tour possible. "Thrash and Burn" aims to give the underground metal fan a relatively inexpensive way. Announced bands featured in the "Thrash and Burn" tour thus far are Darkest Hour, Arsonists Get All the Girls, Arsis, Misery Signals, and others.

Dates and line-ups for each tour can be reached through each of the tour's MySpaces:

http://www.myspace.com/thrashandburntour for Thrash and Burn
http://www.myspace.com/summerslaughtertour for Summer Slaughter

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Be'lakor Signs With Descent Productions

Descent Productions has announced the signing of Melbourne, Australia's dark melodic metal band Be'lakor.

In the year that has followed the independent release of their debut, "The Frail Tide," the band's international reputation has grown rapidly. Drawing influences from ancient mythology and the perpetual struggle between destruction and life, Be'lakor creates songs that take the listener on a compelling journey.

From the band: "We are thrilled to be signing with Descent Productions. The bands already on the roster are excellent, and we feel that as a label, Descent offers us great support and the freedom to continue making the music that we're so passionate about. This partnership will certainly bear fruit for our listeners into the future, so stay tuned."

In September 2008, "The Frail Tide" will be re-pressed and released in a special edition digipack format through Descent Productions. Be'lakor's as-yet untitled follow-up to this album will be released through Descent Productions in early 2009.

In the meantime, you can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.

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Nonpoint Lines Up New Tour Dates

Nonpoint has lined up a handful additional show dates, including some new stops on Cage Rattle's "The Most Wanted" tour.

Here are the latest Nonpoint tour dates on the Cage Rattle's Most Wanted Tour with The Exies, Deepfield and Under The Flood except where noted:

5/23/2008 - Jacksonville, North Carolina at Hooligans
5/24/2008 - Goose Creek, South Carolina at The Dive
5/25/2008 - Raleigh, North Carolina at Volume 11
5/27/2008 - Lexington, Kentucky at AIA Entertainment (Nonpoint Only)
5/28/2008 - Nashville, Tennessee at On The Rocks
5/29/2008 - Little Rock, Arkansas at Village Theater
5/30/2008 - Abilene, Texas at Midnite Rodeo
6/2/2008 - Anaheim, California at House Of Blues
6/4/2008 - Las Vegas, Nevada at House of Blues
6/5/2008 - Tempe, Arizona at Marquee Theatre
6/7/2008 - Bakersfield, California at The Dome
6/8/2008 - West Hollywood, California at Key Club
6/11/2008 - Portland, Oregon at Hawthorne Theater
6/12/2008 - Seattle, Washington at El Corazon
6/13/2008 - Spokane, Washington at The Big Easy Concert Hall
6/14/2008 - Boise, Idaho at The Big Easy Concert Hall
6/16/2008 - Farmington, New Mexico at Gators Bar and Grill
6/17/2008 - Englewood, Colorado at Gothic Theatre
6/19/2008 - Maplewood, Minnesota at The Rock
6/20/2008 - Mokena, Illinois at The Pearl Room
6/21/2008 - Ft. Wayne, Indiana at Pierres
6/22/2008 - Flint, Michigan at The Machine Shop
6/24/2008 - Traverse City, Michigan at Streeters
6/26/2008 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Marcus Amphitheater (Summerfest 2008)
6/27/2008 - Louisville, Kentucky at Club Oasis

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Anathema Completes New Album

English doom metal band Anathema have finished recording their new album "Hindsight" and have sent the masters to their record label. Hindsight will be a semi-acoustic album composed mostly of classic Anathema tracks, as well as one entirely new song.

Anathema is also currently recording another album, titled "Horizons", which will have entirely new songs. Both albums are set to be released this year, although no specific release date has been announced.

Anathema's lead guitarist Danny Cavanagh will also be touring Norway and Sweden with Anneke Giersbergen, former vocalist of The Gathering, on the following dates:

12th June - Gassheim, Jevnaker, Norway
13th June - Ravnedalen, Kristiansand, Norway
14th June - Blue Garden, Trondheim, Norway
15th June - Buckleys, Oslo, Norway
16th June - Klubb Garage, Marsta/Stockholm, Sweden

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Cursed Calls It Quits

Cursed frontman Chris Colohan has more or less confirmed the recent rumors of his group's demise. Here's the word:

"Yeah, you heard. Apparently, it gets even worse. That's all I know or even want to know for now. We got robbed at the very end of tour in a totally unreal, extremely sketchy series of events that still makes no sense at all, only leads to paranoia, anger and a total loss of faith. Passports, money, all the costs of the tour. Either way, whoever did it, it was a bullet in the head, the end of the line. A sudden and totally fucked up way for it to end, which I know will be fitting when I look back on it. All we could do was play the show, badly, and go our ways with whatever money we could muster. I hitched a ride back to Prague with Tomas. Since I can't do a fucking thing about it, I'm going to hang out with my girl, and friends, stare at some Czech mountains and try not to think about it. Needless to say, all outstanding plans are off. All this shit aside, thanks to everyone that helped out and travelled from all over for the shows on this tour, all the kids and bands we played and stayed with. Minus a few fucked up shows, it was probably the best tour we ever had. Thanks everyone for your good wishes. I'll elaborate when I'm home next week, for now - yes it's true, and yes it's over."

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Withered Posts New Song Online

Withered, the Atlanta based quartet whose debut album, "Memento Mori," was one of the most talked about releases in recent extreme music, is set to release their new album, "Folie Circulaire," on June 24 via Prosthetic Records. The 10-track album was produced by Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness) and features artwork by Paul Romano as well as guest vocals from Napalm Death's Barney Greenway and a cover of Necrophobic's "Into Armageddon."

An MP3 of song "The Fated Breath" off of "Folie Circulaire" is available for download on Prosthetic's MySpace page.

Here are Withered's upcoming tour dates, all with The Ocean, Kylesa, and Lair of the Minotaur:

May 24 Boston, MA @ Church of Boston
May 25 Wallingford, CT @ Cherry St. Station
May 26 New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
May 27 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
May 28 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
May 29 Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter
May 30 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
May 31 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

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Amenti Posts Band Update

English metallers Amenti have posted the following update via Myspace:

"Hello everybody,

"We have some cool new festival dates to be added for this year. We are pushing all tour dates for later in the year so we can concentrate on the second Amenti album, which by the way is going quite well. Tours for later this year will be announced in June and they are quality! Were all extremely excited to get back on the road once more.

"Productivity is high and a brand new Amenti is being reborn. We hope to record some rough demos of the new material which depending on the outcome might make public. We are also talking about re-writing or re-recording a few old tracks, just as a bit of bonus material for the new album. A live DVD is also in discussion, either as a separate release to the album or possibly as a limited edition bonus disc."

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Leatherwolf, Magnetico Confirmed For R.A.D.

Rock Against Diabetes, the first of it’s kind in delivering a HD interactive worldwide internet broadcast of a charity concert festival, has announced two more acts, Huntington Beach, CA thrashers LEATHERWOLF and L.A. power-trio MAGNETICO, to the roster. The current Rock Against Diabetes lineup of confirmed acts includes:

Bumblefoot and his all-star band
Y&T
L.A. Guns
Leatherwolf
Magnetico
Cliff Morrison and The Lizard Sun Band

New Blade Guitars endorsee Steve Brand (Rock Against Diabetes Music Director) will also be taking part in the pre-show party gun-slinging for Thal. Tickets go on sale soon for the Club ROX pre-show event.

In other big news, you can now fully support this event, and become part of concert history by attending this one of a kind, fully interactive LIVE concert broadcast FREE. You'll get 8 hours of LIVE music, online-only auctions, interactivity with host Evel Dick Donato, the bands and a ton of other surprise guests, for free (and the opportunity to donate any amount, if any, that you wish). You can also invite your friends for free when you grab your ticket. The change of ticket price to free will happen before May25th. Tickets are currently available at DeepRockDrive.com.

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"Thrashing Like A Maniac" Tour Announced

This June will see some of the finest young talents in thrash come together for the "Thrashing like a maniac" tour as Merciless Death, Fueled By Fire and Bonded By Blood join together to demonstrate that thrash isn't dead.

Bonded By Blood vocalist Jose "Aladdin" Barrales says: "Finally we get to get out of Cali and show the US what we are made of. The whole band is quite excited. We've seen MERCILESS DEATH and FUELED BY FIRE live before and I'm pretty sure all us three together will annihilate the crowd!!! For all you thrashers old and new, get ready for your heads to explode!"

Catch the tour at these locations (more to be announced shortly):

June 14 - San Francisco, CA - Thee Parkside
June 17 - Sacramento, CA - On The Y
June 21 - Kelso WA - Kelso Theater Pub
June 22 - Lakewood, WA - Maggie O'Toole's
June 24 - Hoquiam, WA - The Building
June 25 - Everett, WA - Jimmy Z's
June 27 - Salt Lake City, UT - TBA
June 28 - Billings, MT - TBA
June 29 - Denver, CO - TBA
July 3 - Austin, TX - Head Hunters
July 5 - Baton Rouge, LA - The Darkroom

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At The Gates Announces Texas Show

Legendary extreme metallers At The Gates have announced a show in Dallas, Texas has been added to their reunion tour. Toxic Holocaust have also been confirmed as the support. The tour schedule is as follows:

Confirmed At The Gates reunion dates include:

May
31 - Madrid, Spain - Electric Weekend Festival

June
5 - Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
22 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
28 - Bologna, Italy - Gods Of Metal
29 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting

July
3 - Smederevo Fortress, Serbia - Castle Fest
4 - Ruis, Finland - Ruis Rock Festival
4 - 6 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
9 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza (with TOXIC HOLOCAUST)
10 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza (with Toxic Holocaust)
11 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium (with Toxic Holocaust)
12 - Montreal, QC - Le Medley (with Toxic Holocaust)
13 - Toronto, ON - Opera House (with Toxic Holocaust)
14 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues (with Toxic Holocaust)
15 - Sauget, IL Pop's (with Toxic Holocaust)
17 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live (with Toxic Holocaust)
18 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit (with Toxic Holocaust)
19 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues (with Toxic Holocaust)
21 - Denver, CO - Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom (with Toxic Holocaust)
23 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon (with Toxic Holocaust)
24 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre (with Toxic Holocaust)
25 - San Francisco, CA- The Fillmore (with REPULSION)
26 - Pomona, CA - Glasshouse (with Repulsion)
27 - Hollywood, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre (with Repulsion)

August
2 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air
16 - Derbyshire, England - Bloodstock Open Air
29 - Bergen, Norway - Hole In The Sky Festival

At The Gates 2008 reunion lineup:
Adrian Erlandsson - drums
Martin Larsson - guitar
Anders Björler - guitar
Tomas Lindberg - vocals
Jonas Björler - bass

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Eyes Set To Kill To Tour w/ The Human Abstract

Arizona's Eyes Set To Kill have announced the dates for their upcoming tour with The Human Abstract and In Fear and Faith. The tour starts June 19th with more dates to be announced shortly.

In the meantime Eyes Set To Kill has checked in with the following tour re-cap following the cancellation of the remaining dates with Otep after singer Otep Shamaya was diagnosed with a throat infection.

"The Otep tour was fantastic. The turn outs were great and the shows were good chance for us to make new fans. We like to thank everyone in the Otep tour for having us out and giving us the chance to connect with their fans," says Eyes Set To Kill drummer Caleb. "We are all very excited to hit the road with Human Abstract in the coming weeks, as they are a great band. This is going to be another great tour and we can't wait to get back out on the road."

Eyes Set To Kill's rise throughout the screamo scene has been nothing short of amazing. The band were crowned MySpace top unsigned act for over ten months before signing to California based BreakSilence for the release of the group's recently released debut full-length "Reach". The album, which debuted at #29 on Billboard's Heatseekers Charts and #77 on Billboard's Independent Music charts, is powered by the dual lead vocal attack of Alexia Rodriguez's melodic vocals and the screams of Brandon Anderson.

Eyes Set To Kill are currently preparing to shoot a video for the track "Darling" in the coming weeks. The group's debut video, "Reach," was directed by Motion Army.

Here are the latest Eyest Set To Kill tour date with The Human Abstract: More...

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Ignite To Tour Australia

Ignite will travel to Australia in July for a brief tour. The tour dates are as follows:

7/16 Brisbane @ Club 299
7/17 Sydney @ Bald Faced Stag
7/18 Adelaide @ Enigma Bar
7/19 Melbourne @ Arthouse
7/20 Perth @ Amplifier

As previously reported, Ignite also has some U.K. dates planned with Death Before Dishonor, Burn The 8 Track and 1000 Hertz this month:

May 26th - White Rabbit, Plymouth
May 27th - Trillians, Newcastle
May 28th - King Tuts, Glasgow
May 30th - Underworld, London

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More Led Zeppelin Toronto Rumours Spread

The following report is courtesy of Brad Wheeler from the Globe And Mail:

It's been a long time since LED ZEPPELIN did the stroll in front of a Toronto audience, but a return by the grand British band of blues rock could happen, possibly at Rogers Centre.

Rumours of a Zeppelin reunion have floated freely since the band's ballyhooed one-off performance at London's O2 Arena last December. Current speculation, however, has foundation. "It's my understanding that some preliminary discussions are going on," said Nadia Flaim, the stadium's communications manager .

Earlier this week, a MuchMusic blogger reported that a "reliable source" had provided details. "No fancy tour of the U.S.," the online dispatch reads, "but Toronto will have four dates at Skydome/Rogers Centre this coming August."

According to Ms. Flaim, August concerts are unlikely, due to Blue Jays and Argonauts games already in place. "Just based on the time needed for conversion purposes, it would be a very tight squeeze."

Since the London concert, the group - which broke up in 1980, and last played here in 1971 - have done little to quell rumours. "You never know what is around the corner," guitarist Jimmy Page said early this year. More recently, singer ROBERT PLANT, who is touring with bluegrass singer ALISON KRAUSS this summer, spoke of "unfinished business."

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Metallica Posts New Studio Footage Online

Metallica has posted some more footage from the studio online. You can check it out below.

The band's new album is expecting a September release. More...

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Tortuga's "Kings Of Albany" Artwork Revealed

UK experimental hardcore band Tortuga has posted a preview of the artwork for their upcoming debut album, "Kings Of Albany."

You can check out a song from the band on their MySpace page.

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Killing The Dream Readies New Album, Adds Dates

Killing The Dream's "Fractures" CD/LP is now available for pre-order in the Deathwish store.
Killing The Dream "Fractures"An audio player for "Fractures" is also available online.

"Fractures" is Killing The Dream's latest full length effort. Over a year in the making, "Fractures" was engineered by J. Robbins at Magpie Studios (Jawbox, Burning Airlines).

Here are the band's latest tour dates with Ruiner, including some recently announced Japanese tour dates: More...

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Emperor Cover And Remix Available Online

Black Smoke's official remix of Emperor's classic "I Am The Black Wizrads" has been posted online at the official EMPEROR myspace profile. The band's label, Death To Music Productions, states: "90% of the people hate it (as expected) which is actually (in our opinions) the best reaction it could of got!"

You can listen to a clearer version of it here (along with The Bombs Of Enduring Freedom's remix of Solefald) at a page created to host J. Fogarty's DnB metal remixes done by his current projects.

In related news, re-activated cult black metallers Old Forest have recieved the blessing of Samoth himself (The Lord of Silence and guitarist of EMPEROR) to upload their version of the Emperor classic "Ancient Queen" (taken from the classic 1991 Emperor 7" vinyl EP "As The Shadows Rise"). This cover version can be heard exclusively at the DEATH TO MUSIC myspace profile.

The next release from DEATH TO MUSIC Productions will be BRING YOUR OWN KNIFE's "My Life's A Curse - How's Yours" as a FREE download EP from this Swedish death metal band in the style of At The Gates. "My Life's a Curse" will be available to download starting May 31 on Death To Music's website.

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Skid Row Announces More Tour Dates

SKID ROW have updated their tour schedule. It is now as follows:

May
23 - The Rave - Milwaukee, WI

June
11 - Alley Cat - Charlotte, North Carolina
12 - Coca Cola Pavilion - Daytona Beach, FL
13 - State Theater - St.Pete, FL
14 - UCF Arena - Orlando, Florida (with Vince Neil)
19 - Studio 183 - Monterrey, Mexico (with FIREHOUSE)
20 - venue tba - Chihuahua, Mexico (with Firehouse)
21 - Eldoma - Leon, Mexico (with Firehouse)
27 - The Emerald Theater - Mt. Clemens, Michigan
28 - Runway Park - Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario (with FASTER PUSSYCAT, LA GUNS)

July
4 - McFarland Park - Florence, AL
11 - Javelina Harley Davidson Festival - Boerne, Texas
12 - The Jerome Event Center - Jerome, ID
18 - Fire and Ice Bike Rally - Grants, New Mexico
24 - Rock The Park - London, Ontario
25 - G.B. Leighton’s Pickle Park - Fridley, Minnesota
26 - Sioux Falls Festival - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

August
15 - The Grizzly Rose - Denver, Colorado (with Firehouse)
22 - Wolf Den - Uncasville, Connecticut
23 - Surf Club - Ortley Beach, New Jersey

September
19 - Joes - Chicago, IL

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Meldrum Leader Passes Away

On May 18, Michelle Meldrum, leader of the band Meldrum and former Phantom Blue guitarist, was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank in critical condition. She passed away late afternoon Wednesday, May 21, 2008 as a result of a cystic growth on her brain that had restricted oxygen and blood flow to her brain rendering her brain dead.

Meldrum had just completed writing and recording the band's soon to be released album with drummer Gene Hoglan, along with the new lineup including Michele Madden (vocals) and Laura Christine (bass). The surviving band members plan to release the album later this year in tribute to their fallen band-mate.

Those who knew Michelle recognize that she lived every moment for the music, and was regarded as both an exceptional guitarist and a nurturer by her associates, friends, family and son. More...

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VH1 Celebrates Metal With Memorial Day Marathon

This Memorial Day weekend VH1 Classic documents more than 30 years of one of music's most passionate genres with "Metal Weekend." Beginning on Friday, May 23 the network "for classic music lovers" sets the stage for a heavy metal marathon including some of the most memorable concerts, chilling documentaries, and all-access looks at the artists behind this powerful and often controversial music genre. Throughout the weekend metal fans everywhere can saturate themselves with music from KISS, Metallica, Judas Priest, Pantera and more.

VH1Classic.com will also join the metal madness with extensive programming online. In addition to premiering "My Playlist: Judas Priest" simultaneously with the on-air premiere on Friday, May 23, the online home to all things classic music will offer a massive amount of metal playlists including "40 Greatest Metal Songs," "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock," "Box Set: Metalica," and "Box Set: KISS." Additional video compilations, playlists and video content will rollout online at the beginning of the weekend.

"My Playlist: Judas Priest" Premieres on VH1 Classic and VH1Classic.com Friday, May 23 at 8:00 PM ET/PT
VH1 Classic's "My Playlist: Judas Priest" features the band's top ten videos of all-time. In a new and exclusive interview, viewers will hear from the band about the videos they loved back in the day and the ones that still get them excited today. Videos that will be featured include "Rock You Like A Hurricane," by the Scorpions; "Practice What You Preach" by Testament; "Ace of Spades" by Motorhead, and "Breaking the Law" by Judas Priest.

"Classic in Concert: Motley Crue - Carnival of Sins" Premieres on Friday, May 23 at 9:00 PM ET/PT
The premiere of the newest installment of "Classic in Concert" captures the original Crue members Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Tommy Lee in 2005 in a stage show that sets a new standard. This "circus gone bad" concept takes place under a circus tent stage complete with demonic clowns and a fire-breathing midget, seductive aerialists and demonic clowns that will keep you roaring for more. The Crue prove themselves still more than capable, playing a mixture of old favorites and new songs to a crowd of equally mixed ages as the crowd goes wild for songs like "Dr. Feelgood" and "Girls, Girls, Girls." More...

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