Sanctuary Joins Kill Ritual For Iced Earth’s Latest Tour

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Veteran metal outfit Sanctuary hit the road this week for a new string of live dates with label mates Iced Earth, and with the tour’s launch, the band also announced another new addition to its lineup.

The band has brought Joey Concepcion (Armageddon, The Absence) to handle guitar duties for the tour.  Most recently, the band tapped vocalist Joseph Michael (Witherfall) to take the place of Warrel Dane (Nevermore, Sanctuary), who sadly died from a heart attack late last December in Sao Paulo, Brazil while recording his then most recent solo album.

Concepcion said in an interview ahead of the tour’s launch, that he was looking forward to joining Sanctuary for its new tour.

“I’m very stoked to be playing with Sanctuary on their upcoming tour,” Concepcion said.  “I’ve been a fan since I was in high school, listening to ‘Into The Mirror Black.’  I’m looking forward to playing these songs live and honoring the legacy of Warrel Dane.”

The current schedule for Sanctuary’s tour with Iced Earth is noted below.

A full list of dates can be found as follows:
2/25 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Ballroom #
2/26 Minneapolis, MN – Music Hall #
2/27 Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground #
2/28 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall #
3/2 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room #
3/3 Calgary, AB – Marquee Beer Market & Stage #
3/4 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater #
3/5 Seattle, WA – El Corazon #
3/7 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades #
3/8 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater #
3/9 San Diego, CA – House of Blues #
3/10 Anaheim, CA – Parish @ House of Blues #
3/11 Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom #
3/13 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre #
3/14 Dallas, TX – House of Blues #
3/15 Houston, TX – House of Blues #
3/16 New Orleans, LA – Parish @ House of Blues #
3/17 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade #
3/18 Charlotte, NC – Underground #
3/19 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage #
3/21 Wilmington, DE – The Queen #
3/22 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre #
3/23 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall #
3/24 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell #
3/25 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater #
3/26 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theater #
3/27 Cleveland, OH – Cambridge Room @ House of Blues #
3/28 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall #
3/29 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge #
# with Iced Earth & Kill Ritual

Tickets are available online here.

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Anti-Flag Unveils New Single; Announces More Live Dates

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Anti-Flag has released yet another single from its latest album, American Fall.

The band released the explicitly-titled song ‘Mr. Mother******.’  The song is streaming online now via Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play and all digital platforms.  It is available for purchase online via iTunes and Amazon.

Guitarist Chris #2 said of the song, which was originally a b-side for the band’s American Attraction picture disc, that it is meant to pay homage to certain social activist organizations.

“Honestly, we just wanted to throw our hat into the ring in the storied history of Stagger Lee,” Chris #2 said.  “Our version has nods to those in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement of today, the black panther movement and the overall fight for social and economic justice.”

He added the song, creatively, was a reflection of the band trying something new in terms of its songwriting approach.

“This is a one-take demo of the song that we thought captured something very cool,” Chris #2 said.  “We were trying to push ourselves to experiment with tempos and structures when writing for American Fall, and those experiments are pretty clear on ‘Mr. Mother******.’

Anti-Flag will embark on a new tour this spring and summer in support of American Fall.  The two-month-long-plus tour is currently scheduled to run launch May 13 in Somerset, WI and run through July 15 in Tabor, Czech Republic.  The tour includes three festival performances in May at Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio; Northern Invasion in Somerset, Wisconsin and Pouzza Fest in Montreal, Canada.

The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

Tour Dates:
May 13 Somerset, WI – Northern Invasion
May 18-20 Columbus, OH – Rock On The Range
May 18-20 Montreal, QC – Pouzza 8
June 7 Interlaken, CH – GreenField Festival
June 8 Bologna, IT – Zona Roveri
June 9 Arluno, IT – Malt Festival
June 10 Cordenons, IT – Rock Town
June 13 Bratislava, SK – Incheba Expo Arena
June 14-17 Nickelsdorf, AT – Novarock Festival
June 22 Dessel, BE – Graspop Festival
June 29 Ysselsteyn, NL – Jera On Air
June 30 Würzburg, DE – Mission Ready Festival
July 6-7 Straubenhardt, DE – Happiness Festival
July 6-8 Hünxe, DE – Ruhrpott Rodeo
July 11-14 Viveiro, ES – Resurrection Festival
July 12-14 Glaubitz, DE – Glaubitz Open Air Back to Future
July 13-15 Tábor, CZ – Mighty Sounds

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Exmortus Joining Obituary For European Tour

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Exmortus is headed to Europe.

The band announced this week that it will serve as direct support for veteran metal outfit Obituary on its European headlining schedule.  The tour, which will run from March 3 to April 1, will take the bands to Vienna, Austria; Mulhouse, France; Stuttgart, Germany and a variety of other cities.  the current tour schedule is noted below.

EXMORTUS European & UK tour dates w/ OBITUARY
Mar 03, 2018 – Luxor Koln, Germany
Mar 04, 2018 – Biebob Vosselaar, Belgium
Mar 06, 2018 – Rescue Rooms Nottingham, United Kingdom
Mar 07, 2018 – The Classic Grand Glasgow, United Kingdom
Mar 08, 2018 – Manchester Club Academy Manchester, United Kingdom
Mar 09, 2018 – O2 Institute2 Birmingham Birmingham, United Kingdom
Mar 10, 2018 – ULU Live at Student Central London, United Kingdom
Mar 12, 2018 – Universum Stuttgart, Germany
Mar 13, 2018 – ​Zoom Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
Mar 14, 2018 – Le Trabendo Paris, France
Mar 16, 2018 – CCO DE Villeurbanne Villeurbanne, France
Mar 17, 2018 – Le Noumatrouff Mulhouse, France
Mar 18, 2018 – Feierwerk / Hansa 39 München, Germany
Mar 19, 2018 – Kulturfabrik Kofmehl Solothurn, Switzerland
Mar 20, 2018 – Alcatraz Milan, Italy
Mar 22, 2018 – Szene Wien Vienna, Austria
Mar 23, 2018 – Hellraiser Leipzig, Germany
Mar 24, 2018 – Musik & Frieden Berlin, Germany
Mar 25, 2018 – ​Logo Hamburg, Germany
Mar 27, 2018 – Pumpehuset Copenhagen, Denmark
Mar 28, 2018 – Fryshuset Klubben Stockholm, Sweden
Mar 29, 2018 – Inferno Festival Oslo, Norway*
Mar 30, 2018 – Sticky Fingers Göteborg, Sweden
Apr 01, 2018 – Paaspop Festival Schijndel, Netherlands*
*Obituary only 
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‘Great Performances: Havana Time Machine’ Hits Almost All The Right Notes In Its Recent Home Release

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PBS’ cultural arts series Great Performances has for years brought to audiences what are in fact some of the greatest performances from one arts medium to another. From jazz to opera to even hip-hop and R&B and more, Great Performances has exposed audiences to worlds that they otherwise might never have experienced. This past December, the long-running series continued to live up to that positive reputation with the presentation of the Latin tinged concert Havana Time Machine. This roughly 50-minute program follows famed Grammy Award-winning Cuban musician Raul Malo as he visits his home nation and puts on a star studded concert for local residents. The journey that precedes the concert is itself one key part of what makes this program such a joy to experience. That does not mean that the concert itself is not important. Quite the opposite actually. It is very important, and will be discussed later. For all of the good that this program gives audiences in its new home release, it is not without at least one negative. That one negative is the lack of any program guide other than the one on the disc. This may seem minor on the surface, but in the bigger picture of the presentation, is key in its own way, and in turn will be discussed later, too. Even with that one negative to note, it is not enough to make the program unwatchable. It would have been nice to have had that one element, but even without it, the concert and the pre-concert tour together are enough to make this program worth the watch and then some.

Havana Time Machine is a successful new concert recording from PBS’ hit cultural arts series Great Performances. Originally released on DVD December 12, 2017, this recording hits almost all the right notes in its home presentation. That statement is supported in part through the tour of Havana hosted by Grammy Award-winning Cuban musician Raul Malo. the tour precedes the main feature concert that makes main body of the presentation. During his tour, audiences get to see firsthand some of the buildings and streets of Havana while also getting some mini performances from a small handful of artists including Eliades Ochoa (Buena Vista Social Club), Ivette Cepeda and Sweet Lizzy Project. Cepeda’s intimate acoustic performance of ‘Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps’ alongside Ochoa is so moving and enthralling. Malo’s discussion with Sweet Lizzy Project about getting its music distributed without major retailers couples with its performance to give audiences even more enjoyment. The introduction of Cuba’s art institute and his performance of ‘Besame Mucho’ with some of the institute’s students is another highlight of the program’s pre-concert tour. It is just one more of the highlights of the pre-concert tour that when joined with the other features, makes for plenty of enjoyment in whole as a warm-up for the big show. Speaking of the big show, it is another of the recording’s key elements. However, there is one part of the concert that cannot be ignored that is problematic. That one issue is its lack of a program guide outside of the guide presented on disc.

The lack of a physical program guide may not seem overly important on the surface to the whole of Havana Time Machine. A close examination however, shows it plays its own important part to the concert’s overall presentation. The addition of a physical program guide, on one level, allows audiences to follow along with the concert and in turn know which song (and artist) is which. That is the most basic level of its importance. On another level, having artist and song titles could be that proverbial door that opens audiences to artists and music about which they otherwise would not have known. Having those names and song titles as reference points, audiences unfamiliar with either would be able to start their searches for more music and information. To that end, the lack of a physical program guide does detract from the recording’s presentation to a point. Luckily though, that impact is not so much that it makes the program unwatchable. The program’s primary concert feature couples with the pre-show tour to make the recording in whole well worth the watch.

The concert feature is enjoyable in part because of its venue. Rather than being hosted at a standard arena or other modern venue, it is instead held at a venue that once was run by a beer company. While Malo notes that the jungle reclaimed the venue in the century since the location was abandoned by that company, it is clear that it has been cared for and turned into quite the unique concert venue. The intimate setting makes the concert feel that much looser in its energy from one act to the next. Those varied acts are another part of what makes the concert feature so enjoyably. Malo himself takes part in the performance, but is just one of the acts tapped for the show. Roberto Fonseca performs at the concert along with Ochoa and Sweet Lizzy Project to round out the show that is capped off with a full-on star-studded performance of ‘Guantanamera.’ The finale leaves audiences feeling fulfilled, but still wanting for more in the best way possible. Keeping that in mind, hopefully PBS and Public Media Distribution will release the full concert sooner rather than later, as there’s no doubt that performance (and the rest featured here) would easily couple with any others left out for an even more enjoyable show. Even with the material that is here in mind, it couples with the pre-show tour of Havana and its related performances for a recording that hits nearly every right note with Latin music fans.

Great Performances: Havana Time Machine is a program that definitely lives up to the “Great Performances.” It is a presentation that time and again will hit almost all of the right notes with Latin music fans as is evidenced in part through the recording’s pre-show tour of Hanava. The tour takes viewers through the streets and even countryside of Havana and comes complete with a handful of mini-performances. The lack of a physical program guide does detract from the concert’s viewing experience, but not so much that it makes the program unwatchable. It just would have been nice to have had one instead of relying on the on-disc program. The main concert feature included in the recording rounds out its most important elements, and is certain to entertain audiences just as much as the pre-show tour. Keeping all of this in mind, Great Performances: Havana Time Machine hits almost all of the right notes, making the program in whole a presentation that any Latin music fan will appreciate. It is available now and can be ordered direct via PBS’ online store. More information on this and other episodes of Great Performances is available online now at:




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DHT To Tour Europe This Spring

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Dead Horse Trauma has announced another new string of live dates.

The band announced Monday that it will serve as support on Ektomorf’s latest headlining tour beginning March 2 in Dusseldorf, Germany.  The tour runs through April 1 in the Czech Republic and includes performances in Hungary, The Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, France and other nations.  The current schedule is noted below.

European Dates with Ektomorf

3/02 – Pitcher – Düsseldorf, Germany
3/03 – Markthalle – Hamburg, Germany
3/04 – Klub Muzyczny Liverpool – Wroclaw, Poland
3/05 – Aching – Colmar, France
3/07 – Altherax – Nice, France
3/08 – Palazzo Bowling & Beat Club – Chur, Switzerland
3/09 – Metbar – Lenzburg, Switzerland
3/10 – Woody’s – Schleiz, Germany
3/11 – Viper Room – Vienna, Austria
3/13 – Barrák Music Club – Ostrava, Czech Republic
3/14 – Nuke – Berlin, Germany
3/15 – Rock Café – Prague, Czech Republic
3/16 – L.A. Cham – Cham, Germany
3/17 – Das Rind – Rüsselsheim, Germany
3/18 – De Verlichte Geest – Roeselare, Belgium
3/19 – From Hell – Erfurt, Germany
3/20 – Chemie Fabrik – Dresden, Germany
3/21 – Alte Zuckerfabrik – Rostock, Germany
3/22 – Kulturzentrum Zollhaus – Leer, Germany
3/23 – Factory Event Center – Magdeburg, Germany
3/24 – Baroeg – Rotterdam, Netherlands
3/25 – Rock Fabrik – Ludwigsburg, Germany
3/26 – Backstage – München, Germany
3/27 – Vègàllomàs Klub – Szombathely, Hungary
3/28 – Form Space – Cluj-Napoca, Romania
3/29 – Narancs Rock Cafe – Békéscsaba, Hungary
3/30 – Sypka – Morkovice, Czechia
3/31 – Hellraiser – Leipzig, Germany
4/01 – MC Fabrika – Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic

Tickets are available online now here.  DHT’s latest live schedule is in support of its latest album Life.  Along with the tour announcement, the band also announced it will re-issue the European edition of Life via Revival Media Group. More information on that re-issue, the band’s tour and more is available online now at:




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Sleep Signals Announces New Live Dates With Cold Kingdom

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Sleep Signals is going back out on the road.

The band announced Thursday that it will launch the “Tour-Rito Supreme Tour” on Thursday, March 1 in Mankato, Minnesota.  Cold Kingdom will join Sleep Signals for the roughly five week-long Midwest/West Coast tour that includes performances in San Diego, CA; Dallas, TX; Salt Lake City, UT; and a variety of other cities.  The band’s schedule includes a performance March 16 at Showdown Fest in El Paso, TX in support of Motley Crue front man Vince Neil.

Sleep Signals’ new live schedule is in support of its latest studio recording, the six-song EP At The End Of The World.  The EP was produced by Justin Rimer (Saving Abel, 12 Stones) and features guest appearances from Marty McCoy of Bobaflex and Josh Brown of Full Devil jacket.

The tour’s current schedule is noted below. Tickets are available online at

Tour-Rito Supreme Tour Dates:

3.01 Mankato, MN @ What’s Up Lounge
3.02 Minneapolis, MN @ Route 47
3.03 Fort Atkinson, WI @ Hijynx
3.04 Rockford, IL @ Whiskeys Roadhouse
3.05 Beach Park, IL @ Cracken Cakes *
3.06 Madison, WI @ The Red Zone
3.07 Lansing, IL @ Royal Skate *
3.08 Sioux City, IA @ The Marquee
3.09 Algona, IA @ Lifers
3.10 Springfield, MO @ Front of House Lounge
3.11 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Root
3.13 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar (Dirty Fest)
3.14 Dallas, TX @ The Curtain Club
3.15 Lubbock, TX @ Backstage
3.16 El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum (Showdown Fest)
3.17 Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit Live
3.20 San Diego, CA @ TBA
3.22 Anaheim, CA @ Doll Hut
3.23 Las Vegas, NV @ Cornish Pasty
3.24 Long Beach, CA @ The Prospector
3.26 Reno, NV @ Jub Jub’s
3.29 Medford, OR @ Grape Street Bar & Grill
3.30 Burley, ID @ The Riverside Bar
3.31 Kennewick, WA @ Eagles 2485
4.01 Logan, UT @ Eagles 3114
4.02 Orem, UT @ Utah Valley University *
4.03 Salt Lake City, UT @ Liquid Joe’s
4.04 Greeley, CO @ Moxi Theater
4.05 Manitou Springs, CO @ The Ancient Mariner
4.06 Denver, CO @ Moe’s Original BBQ
4.07 Lincoln, NE @ Duffy’s Tavern

* Sleep Signals Only

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Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow To Release New Live Recording This Spring

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Minstrel Hall Music has another archived concert on the way this spring from Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow.

Memories in Rock II is currently scheduled to be released Friday, April 6 on separate 2CD/DVD combo pack, vinyl and digital platforms.  The 18-song set pulls performances from the band’s 2017 UK performances.  It features songs that Blackmore recorded with Rainbow and Deep Purple including but not limited to: ‘Spotlight Kid,’ ‘I Surrender,’ ‘Mistreated,’ ‘Man on The Silver Mountain/Women From Tokyo,’ Perfect Stranger,’ ‘Black Night,’ Smoke on the Water’ and much more.

Along with those classics, the brand new Rainbow studio song ‘Waiting For A Sign’ is also included in this recording.  The song, which features Ronnie Romero on vocals, is the band’s first new song since 1996.  It will be released digitally March 16.  The recording’s full track listing is noted below.


Over The Rainbow
Spotlight Kid
I Surrender
Since You’ve Been Gone
Man On The Silver Mountain / Woman From Tokyo
16th Century Greensleeves
Soldier Of Fortune
Perfect Strangers
Difficult To Cure
All Night Long
Child In Time

Long Live Rock’n’Roll / Lazy
Catch The Rainbow
Black Night
Carry On Jon
Temple Of The King

Smoke On The Water
Waiting For A Sign (brand new song)

The DVD that accompanies the live material on the two CDs features extensive interviews with Blackmore as well as his new band mates — Jens Johannson (keyboards), Bob Nouveau (bass), Dave Keith (drums), Lady Lynn and Candice Night (backup vocals) and the previously noted Ronnie Romero (vocals).  Night also serves as vocalist for Blackmore’s other band, Blackmore’s Night.

As if the noted interviews are not enough, there are also interviews with the crew as an added bonus. Audiences can check out a preview of the interviews online now here.

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