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British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN will headline the Swiss edition of the Sonisphere festival, set to take place June 24, 2011 in Basel, St. Jakob. Also scheduled to appear are SLIPKNOT and ALICE COOPER, among others.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:


MOTÖRHEAD will embark on a North American headlining tour in late January. So far the following dates have been announced:
Jan. 25 – Anaheim CA – House of Blues
Jan. 28 – Reno NV – Knitting Factory
Jan. 29 – Las Vegas NV – HOB
Jan. 31 – San Diego CA – HOB
Feb. 02 – San Francisco CA – Warfield
Feb. 04 – Seattle WA – Sodo
Feb. 05 – Portland OR – Roseland
Feb. 07 – Vancouver BC – Vogue
Feb. 09 – Edmonton AL – EEC
Feb. 10 – Calgary AL – Flames Central
Feb. 12 – Winnipeg MT – Burton
Feb. 15 – Minneapolis MN – 1st Ave
Feb. 16 – Milwaukee WI – Rave Ballroom
Feb. 17 – Kansas City MO – Midland Theatre
Feb. 19 – Chicago IL – Congress
Feb. 20 – St. Louis MO – Pops
Feb. 22 – Grand Rapids MI – Orbit
Feb. 23 – Detroit MI – Royal Oak
Feb. 25 – Kitchener ONT – Elements
Feb. 26 – Toronto ONT – Koolhouse
Feb. 28 – New York NY – Best Buy
Mar. 01 – Boston MA – House of Blues (Avalon)
Mar. 03 – Sayerville NJ – Starland Ballroom
Mar. 04 – Atlantic City NJ – House of Blues
Mar. 08 – Austin TX – Stubb’s
Mar. 10 – Tempe AZ – Marquee Theatre
Mar. 11 – Los Angeles CA – Nokia Live

MOTÖRHEAD‘s new album, “The Wörld Is Yours”, will be released in North America on February 8, 2011.

Audio samples of all the tracks that appear on “The Wörld Is Yours”, can be found on (scroll down).

“The Wörld Is Yours” is a vital, scorching statement of intent from MOTÖRHEAD as they launch Motörhead Music, their very first record label.

Written and performed by Lemmy Kilmister, Philip Campbell and Mikkey Dee in both Los Angeles, California and Wales, with production once again by Cameron Webb, “The Wörld Is Yours” serves to remind everyone that you should never stop questioning or critiquing a society that would surely chew you up and spit you if given half a chance. And with 10 soul-scorching testaments to the unbridled power this world-famous trio continually maintain, “The Wörld Is Yours” delivers some of the finest, most important Motörmusic yet.

On instant classics such as “Get Back In Line”, Kilmister thunders that “The way we are is not the way we used to be my friend,” and “We are trapped in luxury, starving on parole, no-one told us who to love, we have sold our souls,” whilst on “Brotherhood Of Man” Kilmister roars “You cannot hide the truth from me I know what?s in your heart, greed and jealousy each equal, all your days now dark.” And with the defiant, uproarious “Rock ‘N’ Roll Music”, Kilmister and Co. remind everyone that “rock and roll music is the true religion” and “rock and roll even gonna set you free, make the lame walk and the blind see.”

Recorded during the late spring, the album’s creation was thrown into turmoil by the poor health and sad eventual passing of Philip Campbell‘s father; the situation dictated that Philip needed to be home during some of the scheduled recording time, so MOTÖRHEAD hired a studio in Wales where Campbell was able to continue working on ideas and record tracks whilst first Mikkey and Lemmy, and then just Lemmy, laid down the rest of the album in L.A. But being MOTÖRHEAD, nothing fazed them, and with “The Wörld Is Yours” the band have triumphed over adversity to produce an absolute stormer of an album.

“The Wörld Is Yours” track listing:

01. Born To Lose
02. I Know How To Die
03. Get Back In Line
04. Devil’s In My Head
05. Rock ‘N’ Roll Music
06. Waiting For The Snake
07. Brotherhood Of Man
08. Outlaw
09. I Know What You Need
10. Bye Bye Bitch Bye Bye

MANOWAR will play its first U.K. show in years on March 27, 2011 at O2 Academy in Birmingham. It is not presently clear if additional U.K. dates will follow.

MANOWAR bassist and producer Joey DeMaio recently released a new video message in which he offered an update on the status of the songwriting and recording sessions for the band’s next album, “Hammer Of The Gods”. You can watch it below.

Stated DeMaio: “A couple of people were wanting to know what’s going on with the new album, ‘Hammer Of The Gods’. Well, the truth is this: [original MANOWAR drummer] Donnie Hamzik is officially back in the band, and that changed everything for us. So all the songs that were written have been completely fucking thrown out, completely ditched — gone, never to be heard from again. The writing has changed because Donnie‘s back in the band and he’s burning like a mad motherfucking demon on drums. So this album is gonna basically sound like I told you before — like somebody put gasoline on your fucking balls and lit it. So it’ll be worth the fucking wait, ’cause when it comes, it’s coming back.”

“Hammer Of The Gods” was previously described as the first installment of “The Asgard Saga”, the band’s unique multimedia fantasy adventure with best-selling author Wolfgang Hohlbein.

MANOWAR recently decided that its fans deserved to hear the songs from its debut album, 1982’s “Battle Hymns”, with the massive sound and production that has become the group’s signature over recent years and records.

“Battle Hymns 2011” features two never-before-released live versions of “Death Tone” and “Fast Taker” recorded during the band’s very first concerts in 1982. These are the rarest bonus materials ever released to date in MANOWAR‘s career.

MANOWAR‘s latest DVD in the “Hell On Earth” series was released on November 27, 2009. “Hell On Earth V” covers MANOWAR‘s recent world tours, including Germany, Norway, Spain, Finland, Russia, Romania, Turkey, USA and Canada. It features live performances of old and new classics such as “Gloves Of Metal”, “The Crown And The Ring”, “Hand Of Doom”, “Hymn Of The Immortal Warrior”, “Father”, “God Or Man” and many others.


This December, EMI Catalogue launched its “With Love From Me To You” Christmas e-card campaign. Go green with your Christmas cards this year by sending your friends and family an e-card, featuring some of the year’s best releases as well as more classic tracks, including IRON MAIDEN‘s “El Dorado”, DEEP PURPLE‘s “Black Night” (in the Classic Rock card) and MEGADETH‘s “Hangar 18” (from the “EMI Sessions” card). Plus, enter a great competition to win a huge bundle of prizes including some great limited-edition box sets.

With seven e-card designs to choose from all based on some of EMI‘s classic genres, each e-card features a choice of eight tracks — from JOHN LENNON to DAFT PUNK, from TINIE TEMPAH to WIZZARD. Users can also personalize their e-card by including a message to their loved ones.

Everyone that enters the e-card competition will have the chance to win a massive bundle of prizes including a limited edition JOHN LENNON signature box set, an Apple Records box set, a THE BEATLES stereo box set as well as loads more great prizes.

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