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Catch up on the latest releases, gig news and scandal from the turbulent world of rock.

Deep Purple push things back

Along with many other bands, Deep Purple have rescheduled their UK tour which was originally due to take place later this year.

With the coronavirus pandemic throwing shows, tour and festivals into chaos, the band have been forced to move their shows here in the UK to October 2021.

All tickets purchased for the 2020 shows will be valid for the new dates, when Purple will be joined by special guests Blue Oyster Cult.

The new dates come after the band announced that the release of their upcoming studio album Whoosh! has been pushed back to early August with distribution companies and shops closed until recently.

You can see Deep Purple at the nearest gig to us, which is at the Leeds Arena on the third of October 2021.

Babymetal new live package heading to the UK

Japan's Babymetal have announced that they’ll release a new live package later this year.

It's called Legend - Metal Galaxy, and was recorded over the group’s two shows in their home country back in January. It'll come out in September on Blu-ray, DVD and CD.

Legend - Metal Galaxy will also launch as a limited edition which includes a 64-page booklet and interviews with Babymetal.

The band have played several festivals and headlined their own gigs here in the UK - including breaking the merchandising selling record for Wembley Arena.

Maiden Columbia - new film in the works

A new Iron Maiden-inspired film called The Night Of The Beast has been given the green light.

Variety magazine reports that the movie follows two Colombian teenagers who are trying to get to see the band for the first time.

The film will be set in February 2008 when, after years of waiting, Colombian fans finally got to see their heroes play live as part of Maiden’s Somewhere Back In Time tour.

It's set to feature Iron Maiden tracks, along with material from Colombian bands including Vein and Agony.

The Somewhere Back In Time tour saw Iron Maiden focus on material from the 80s, and included Can I Play With Madness, Rime Of The Ancient Mariner and Heaven Can Wait.

Add this to your collection if you've Got The Time

Anthrax have announced they’ll celebrate the 30th anniversary of their fifth studio album Persistence Of Time by issuing a remastered version later this year.

The 1990 album was the band’s last to feature frontman Joey Belladonna before his return to the fold more than 20 years later and features Anthrax’s cover of Joe Jackson's Got The Time.

Persistence Of Time will be released in August on a two CD/DVD package and four LP vinyl set with revised cover art.

The DVD was shot when Anthrax was on tour with Iron Maiden in 1991 and features backstage and dressing room footage with members of both bands.

Kiss are the kings of merch

Kiss and Marvel have joined forces for a new range of co-branded merchandise.

The partnership between the rock giants and comic book publisher will see a variety of products released, including t-shirts, posters, and home goods.

Kiss have had a long history with Marvel, having starred in their own comicbooks in 1978 where they met Spider-Man, Dr. Doom and the Fantastic Four.

The t-shirts will be the first to arrive with the rest of the merch unveiled in the near future. it's the latest in a long line of Kiss merchandise, including a Kiss loo seat and a Kiss coffin.

Magnum not scared by virus threat

As many more bands, including Gun N Roses, announced they are cancelling gigs due to the coronavirus, Magnum have vowed not to let it interfere with their touring plans.

The band say the virus should not prevent fans from living their lives to the fullest and are now in rehearsals for their up and coming European tour which kicks off in the middle of next week.

The band, who have an average age of nearly 60, say they are contractually obliged to play every single show and they intend to do so.

Magnum, who have a massive following across Europe, will appear at the Sheffield Leadmill on the 24th of March and have recently released their 21st studio album The Serpent's Rings

Coronavirus kills gigs

Lacuna Coil are amongst bands who have canceled a number of their planned shows due to Coronavirus fears.

The Italian band say they’ve decided to take the drastic action due to an outbreak of the virus in their home region. It means appearances across South East Asia and Australia will not take place.

Lacuna Coil had organised the tour in support of their new studio album Black Anima, which was released last October.

The news comes just days after Green Day announced they have postponed their tour of Asia due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Ozzy's not for retiring

Ozzy Osbourne says that he plans to start work on the follow-up to his latest album as soon as possible.

The Prince of Darkness only just released his latest offering Ordinary Man last week but says it won't be his last.

He's revealed that he's keen to record more stuff while he's been signed off from doing gigs while his health improves.

Ozzy recently postponed the North American leg of his tour after revealing that he has Parkinson’s Disease.

But he says he's no plans to retire just yet but says he's shocked that he's actually still alive following his antics over the years.