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GRAND MAGUS, the Swedish band featuring current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, have been confirmed to perform on the "Rock At Sea" boat on the Baltic Ocean on November 26. Other bands scheduled to appear include BUDGIE, SKY HIGH and CRUCIFIED BARBARA. GRAND MAGUS are continuing to...
September 2, 2005

METALLICA: Pictures From New KIRK HAMMETT Photo Shoot Posted Online

Former METALLICA photographer Ross Halfin recently did a photo shoot with METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett, according to a posting at Halfin's web site. "Nice and hot," Halfin writes in an August 5 diary entry at "Studio session today with Kirk Hammett of METALLICA. It's been so lo...
August 21, 2005

Original JUDAS PRIEST Singer To Release New Version Of 'Victim Of Changes'

Original JUDAS PRIEST frontman Al Atkins recently returned to Madhat studios in England to record a new version of the PRIEST classic "Victim of Changes" — a track which he co-wrote when he sang for the group between 1969 and 1973. Al has recorded "Victim of Changes" three times on different albums...
July 7, 2005

Original JUDAS PRIEST Singer To Make 'A Few Amendments' On New Solo CD

Original JUDAS PRIEST frontman Al Atkins will shortly return to the recording studio to "make a few amendments" on his fifth solo album, "Demon Deceiver", because "he wasn't 100 percent happy with it," according to a posting on the singer's web site. With regards to a label deal, the posting adds, "...
May 11, 2005

Original JUDAS PRIEST Singer AL ATKINS Completes Work On New Solo Album

Original JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins has completed work on his fifth solo album, entitled "Demon Deceiver". The CD, which features artwork by MAGNUM bassist Al Barrow (who also runs Generic Designs),was pieced together over the last ten months with the help of South African guitarist Mike de Jage...
March 20, 2005

BUDGIE: Remaster Series Bonus Tracks Detailed

BUDGIE will be reissuing their first two albums, "Budgie" (1971) and "Squawk" (1972),as part of a remaster series. The albums have been digitally remastered from the original master tapes and will include 12-page booklets containing quotes from recent interviews with Burke Shelley (bass/vocals),To...
November 10, 2004

Original JUDAS PRIEST Singer's Version Of 'Victim Of Changes' To Be Featured In Horror Film

According to a posting on his official web site, original JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Al Atkins' version of the PRIEST classic "Victim of Changes" has been added to a horror movie by Lee Finn for Black Plague Productions. Al co-wrote the song during his four years singing with JUDAS PRIEST in the Seventie...
November 6, 2004

Ex-JUDAS PRIEST Singer AL ATKINS Recording More Material For Solo Album

Original JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins will enter the studio on October 29 to record the seventh song for his upcoming solo project, entitled "Demon Deceiver". The track, entitled "Bleeding", will feature contributions from the following musicians: Pete Emms (bass),Mike de Jager (guitar),Simon Lee...
October 25, 2004

Former JUDAS PRIEST Singer Completing Work On Autobiography

Former JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins is putting the finishing touches on his autobiography, "Dawn of the Metal Gods", scheduled for publication before the end of the year through Firefly Publishing. The book will recount the origins of the band from 1969 onward and includes exclusive photographs don...
July 2, 2004


Former RIOT singer Tony Moore (info) will be playing bass for THE SLASHTONES (also featuring former BLACK LACE drummer Steve "Budgie" Werner) when they perform at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash on May 19 at Irving Plaza in New York City. Also appearing on the bill will be THE DICKIES, SUPERSUCKERS an...
May 15, 2004

BUDGIE: Early Albums To Be Reissued

BUDGIE will be headlining an open-air festival near Lublin, Poland on Saturday, May 1 to commemorate Poland's entry into the European Union. In other news, plans exist for BUDGIE's entire back catalogue to be reissued in a remaster series. Each CD will have notes from interviews with the band about...
April 22, 2004


RAVEN bassist/vocalist John Gallagher has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Hi! just like to say thanks to everyone that came out to the Tampa & NJ festivals & the gig with BUDGIE the other night — we had a blast, great to see Mark [Gallagher, guitarist] actually...
March 28, 2004

RAVEN To Open For BUDGIE In Virginia

Long-running British metallers RAVEN will be opening for BUDGIE on March 24 at Jaxx in Springfield, Virginia. RAVEN's next performance will take place this Friday (March 12) at the March Metal Meltdown VI festival in Irvington, New Jersey. As previously reported, RAVEN are continuing to compile foot...
March 10, 2004

Y&T: 'Unearthed Vol. 1' To Receive European Release, Possible DVD On The Way

Y&T's collection of previously unreleased material, "UnEarthed Vol. 1", will be released in Europe in April through the U.K.-based label Dream Catcher Records. As previously reported, the disc contains songs that were demoed for various albums over the years (some as far back as 1974) but never...
March 1, 2004

GUITAR WORLD's 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists Of All Time

The March 2004 issue of Guitar World magazine includes a list of the 100 greatest heavy metal guitarists as selected by the magazine's staff. "This is not a list that ranks who can play the fastest or with the most taste, feeling or technique (although many players on our list have all of those arro...
January 23, 2004