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The Loud Hailer
Catch up on the latest releases, gig news and scandal from the turbulent world of rock.
Dutch rockers splinter
Dutch symphonic metal band Delain have announced they're splitting after recording six albums since they formed back in 2002.
Keyboardist Martin Westerholt and fellow founding member and singer Charlotte Wessels broke the news in separate statements on social media confirming that Martin is the only remaining member of the band.
He revealed the band hadn't been working as well as it once had and they'd tried to find a solution, but without success. He added that he had decided to keep the name alive by continuing with writing and producing the music.
Charlotte confirmed that band members couldn't overcome their differences and she will continue to release music via the internet.
Heavy Devvy's productive lockdown
Devin Townsend has announced a series of of live albums, quarantine albums, and generally interesting projects to keep people entertained while he’s busy working on larger releases.
First up is Devolution Series #1 - an acoustic album which was recorded during his recent gig in Leeds back in 2019.
The series will later include what Devin calls "a grouping of oddities and interesting material that I would like people to hear", which will also include songs written and recorded during quarantine as well as more live shows.
Devolution Series #1 will be available as a limited edition CD digipak, a gatefold double LP (including the album on CD) and a digital album.
Dio doc and book out soon
Ronnie James Dio’s long awaited posthumous autobiography is finally finished and tentatively set for release in mid July - what would have been his 79th birthday.
The legendary vocalist had been working on his memoir prior to his untimely death in May 2010 and his widow, Wendy, has completed the book alongside esteemed rock and metal writer Mick Wall.
Wendy has also revealed more information about the Ronnie James Dio feature-length documentary that’s been in the works for two years, which she says is now likely to come out next year.
It’s the first ever official documentary about Ronnie James Dio and will focus on his early life and entire fabled music career - from his fledgling days with Elf through to his final project Heaven and Hell. It will also shine the spotlight on his extensive charity work.
Let's get the band back together...
Ratt frontman Stephen Percy says a new album from the band will not be released unless the surviving classic lineup gets back together to write and record it.
In a new interview he says he wouldn't want to put out a new Ratt record without the original guys.
He said he still talks to the band's former guitarist, Warren DeMartini, on a regular basis and had even written a song with him recently. Stephen and former drummer Bobby Blotzer are still in touch as well, which makes it a little easier to get the band back together.
Ratt last released new material ten years ago in the form of their Infestation album which sold well in the US and across Europe.
Weezer surpise fans with an album ahead of their album!
Weezer have announced the release of a new album called OK Human. The album – presumably named in tribute to Radiohead's classic OK Computer – will be released at the end of this month and even includes a song about potato and cauliflower curry.
The surprise announcement comes as Weezer fans await the arrival of Van Weezer, the band's official studio album, which was originally due for release in May last year and will come out a year later due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Last July the band compiled the official playlist of the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix, and the following month released Beginning Of The End, which features on the soundtrack to Bill & Ted Face The Music.
Weezer were due to come over to the UK last year with Green Day and Fall Out Boy as part of the Hella Mega Tour. This has now been postponed until this summer, with all three bands set to play at Huddersfield Town's stadium.
Senseless Things Mark Kedds dies
Senseless Things frontman Mark Keds has died at the age of 50.
The news was confirmed in a Facebook post by the band's lead guitarist Ben Harding but as yet, his cause of death is unconfirmed.
Mark had struggled on and off with drug abuse and lived a pretty chaotic lifestyle for a long while, and his health suffered over the years due to this.
Mark Keds first hooked up with future Senseless Things bassist Morgan Nicholls as an 11-year-old at school.
With a pop-punk sound, the band were one of the leading lights of the pre-Britop indie scene alongside bands like the Mega City Four, The Wonder Stuff and Carter USM. The band went on hiatus in 1995 and Keds briefly joined The Wildhearts, but only recorded a couple of b-sides before leaving abruptly during a tour of Japan.
Enter the Def Leppard vault
Def Leppard will open the Def Leppard Vault - an online museum personally curated by the five band members.
The Vault features stories and guides to the Sheffield band’s history from 1977 to the present day and will serve as the ultimate guide to the British rock superstars, with founding members Joe Elliott and Rick Savage, plus drummer Rick Allen and guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell, all providing their memories.
The band are set to tour US stadiums with Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts this summer, though guitarist they have admitted that, due to the ongoing global pandemic, the chances of the rescheduled dates going ahead are "50/50".
You can sign up to Def Leppard Vault now at leppardvault.com and you'll later get an email with a special code so you can unlock it.
Virtual tavern setting for Nightwish gig
Nightwish have decided to kick off their rescheduled 2021 tour by building a pub to play a gig in. OK, so it's a virtual pub and a livestream gig, but you’ve got to admire their imagination.>
The symphonic metal giants have announced An Evening With Nightwish In A Virtual World, two livestreamed shows happening in mid March.
The shows will take place at The Islanders Arms, a VR tavern constructed especially for the occasion. Audience members will be able to create avatars and join the show on their computers and mobile devices.
The two shows will also mark the first time the Finns will get to play tracks from this year’s Human Nature. album live, after their original tour was rescheduled.
Tickets for both shows are available now. The recordings are available to watch for 48 hours after the show takes place. The band will also play two proper shows (hopefully) in Birmingham and London at the beginning of May.
Ground coin-trol to Major Tom
Late music legend David Bowie is being celebrated with a commemorative coin range from The Royal Mint.
The coins feature an image of David Bowie from the late 1970s when he was working on his trilogy of experimental albums in Berlin. Alongside this, the design also includes the lightning bolt motif from 1973 album ‘Aladdin Sane’.
To mark the launch, a David Bowie coin has been sent into space. The coin orbited the Earth’s atmosphere for 45 minutes before safely descending back to Britain. It was the first time ever a UK coin was sent into space.
There are three ranges of David Bowie coins and prices range from £13, right up to a massive seventy two thousaand pounds for the David Bowie 2020 Kilo Gold Proof Coin.
How do I get you on film?
Queen, Elton John, Mötley Crüe, David Bowie… they've all had biopics made of their lives and it seems that there are more on the way.
According to Heart singer Ann Wilson, her band will be the latest act to get the Bohemian Rhapsody treatment.
In a new interview Ann has already seen the the first draft of the script and producers are working with Amazon Studios to get the film made.
Rock band still quite popular shocker!
AC/DC have become the first band ever to score number one albums in five successive decades in their native Australia.
Power Up, their seventeenth album, debuted atop the Aussie chart last week, becoming their sixth number one album on home turf, so they've had number one albums from the 80s to today.
Power Up became AC/DC’s fourth number one album in the UK, following on from Back In Black, Black Ice and the Iron Man 2 soundtrack . It sold sixty two thousand copies in week one, becoming the UK’s fastest-selling album of the year.
The album has also now topped the album charts in the USA, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.