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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Rock News Update - Tuesday 7th December, 2010

I know, looks like I'm slacking again ....
Much going on right now, as I'm sure everyone has with the big "C" right around the corner and the day job is burying me more and more with business travel and heavy going days!
Roll on the weekend say I ...., yes, I know it's only Tuesday! LOL!

Stick with me folks, hope to get more on the site soon ....
Thanks for your patience and understanding music lovers!


After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, JUDAS PRIEST -one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!

However, the mighty PRIEST will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive EPITAPH tour - hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name JUDAS PRIEST synonymous with heavy metal!

With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is JUDAS PRIEST!

JUDAS PRIEST will be starting their world tour in Europe - we have just confirmed the following festivals for 2011:

9th June
Sweden Rock Festival, Sweden

11th June
Sauna Festival, Finland

17th June
Copenhell Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark

19th June
Hellfest, Nantes, France

22nd June
Gods of Metal Festival, Milan, Italy

25th June
Graspop Festival, Belgium

23rd July
HIgh Voltage Festival, London, UK

5th August
Wacken Festival, Germany
Stay tuned as we announce more dates - information will be forthcoming soon - so start getting prepared to rock one final time with the incomparable JUDAS PRIEST!!
Fore more information, visit

UK rock fans can indeed look forward to yet another 'High Voltage' rock festival in 2011, which is surprising considering the financial backers of this past years event, HMVapparently lost big money at the event ... Makes you wonder, eh?

Here's the HMV story:

Meanwhile, this announcement from the festival website:

Hello Everyone,

Here is some good news to blow away those winter blues…
Thanks for your patience and support over the months since High Voltage 2010, we hoped you enjoyed the weekend as much as we did.

Many thanks for the overwhelming response to our customer survey, as we’ve said from the start High Voltage is a festival ‘Custom built by rock fans, for rock fans’, so we’ve listened and tried to take on board as many of your requests as possible.

We have brought the ticket price inline with other UK rock festivals
There is going be a big and never ending selection of real ales.

You loved the selection of food available – 2011 will have the same commitment to quality and choice.
Merchandise sales exceeded our expectations this year – in 2011 we will be prepared to meet demand on size and designs.

We will bring you another high quality line up of the best in rock and prog rock – all your artist suggestions are helping us build the line up you want to see.

These are just some of the changes we are making in preparation for High Voltage 2011, there are many more following your feedback that we will be working on.

In the meantime please watch this teaser video for HIGH VOLTAGE FESTIVAL 2011.

Sorry the blog site cuts the size of video player (Sucks!), click on the link (Above) to go to the official site of the video. 

We look forward to seeing you next year
Big thanks from the High Voltage Team
Also watch Classic Rock Magazine at 10am GMT:

High Voltage 2011 is Judas Priest’s UK Farewell Festival show

Judas Priest are one of the true classic heavy metal bands, who for three decades have travelled the world putting on spectacular stage shows and thrilling audiences worldwide. They have been making music that over the years has influenced many (including such bands as Metallica and Pantera) and have sold over 30 million albums worldwide. They are a band who have shaped the music of generations with such landmark, genre defining albums as “British Steel”, “Painkiller” and “Screaming For Vengeance”.
Thirty one years after Judas Priest sealed their reputation as one of the world’s great festival acts with their legendary performance at the inaugural Monsters Of Rock event, the band have chosen High Voltage – the UK home of classic rock and metal – as the stage for their final festival show ever in the UK.

High Voltage will be a 2011 UK festival performance exclusive for the band

Dream Theater are one of the world’s leading progressive metal bands. In a 25-year career, they have sold over 10 million albums worldwide. Their most recent album, 2009’s critically acclaimed Black Clouds & Silver Linings, reached number six on the Billboard chart in the band’s native US, and went top ten in eight European countries.
Dream Theater’s headlining appearance at High Voltage 2011 will mark the first UK performance of their new line-up following the departure of drummer and founding member Mike Portnoy.

Yes announce plans to play UK Tour in November 2011

Not a whole lot of detail on this from Yes as yet, although claim a new album will be released in the summer 2011 on the Frontiers label:

As of now, the band's official site, simply says this and announces the dates:

UK Tour - Winter 2011
December 3, 2010 - Tickets are now on sale for UK appearances in late 2011. Dates are listed below, and tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Factory:

November 2011
Tues 8 Cambridge Corn Exchange
Wed 9 Sheffield City Hall
Fri 11 Birmingham Symphony
Sat 12 Clyde Auditorium
Sun 13 Manchester Apollo
Tue 15 Brighton Dome
Wed 16 Bristol Colston Hall
Thu 17 London Hammersmith Apollo


As a tribute to the US city that first played their music, Rush confirms that the Cleveland performance of their Time Machine show on April 15th at the Quicken Loans Arena will be filmed for full-length release. Cleveland is remarkable for being one of the very first US cities where the band performed, in addition to being the first city to provide American airplay. This will be a must-see event for Rush fans in Cleveland – and for everyone able to make the road trip as it is will also mark the first live full-length filming on US soil.

Tickets for Cleveland go on sale on Saturday, December 11th with pre-sales for Rush fan-club and CITI cardmembers beginning December 7th.
Shows for Ft Lauderdale, Greensboro, Nashville, Louisville, Toledo, New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Hamilton and Montreal all go on-sale this week. Visit the tour section for all the details!
Official band website:

Thin Lizzy with FM Live in London January 2011
Just a brief plug, because I love both Thin Lizzy and FM and simply because I think the flyer looks great! :)

For more details on both bands go to:

ZZ Top going down under!

Nothing on the bands official site at this time, but it seems are laying claim that ZZ Top are to play shows down under in April 2011.
Dates at this time are:

April 2011:
Mon 04/18/11 West Melbourne, Australia Festival Hall
Wed 04/20/11 Newcastle, Australia Newcastle Entertainment Centre
Mon 04/25/11 Wollongong, Australia Win Entertainment Centre
Wed 04/27/11 Newtown, Australia Enmore Theatre
Thu 04/28/11 Newtown, Australia Enmore Theatre

Official band site (Kind of quiet for a while ...):

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