Michael Schenker Group Announce Fall U.S. Tour

The Michael Schenker Group have announced a fall U.S. tour. The band will be touring in support of their new album “Universal,” which is set to be released on May 27.

Tour Dates:

With Eric Martin and Images Of Eden:

09/27 San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
09/28 Roseville, CA – Goldfield Trading Post
09/29 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
10/01 Los Angeles, CA – Saban Theater
10/02 Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
10/04 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
10/06 Sauget, IL – Pop’s
10/07 Des Plaines, IL – Des Plaines Theater
10/08 St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
10/09 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
10/11 Hobart, IN – The Art Theater
10/12 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
10/14 Columbus, OH – The King Of Clubs
10/15 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
10/16 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
10/17 Pittsburgh, PA – Jergels
10/19 New Bedford, MA – The Vault (MSG only)
10/20 Plymouth, NH – Flying Monkey
10/21 Beverly, MA – Cabot Theater
10/22 New York, NY – Sony Hall
10/23 Newton, NJ – Newton Theater
10/25 Glenside, PA – Keswick Theater
10/26 Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho
10/27 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater

With Damon Johnson & The Get Ready and Images Of Eden:

10/29 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
10/30 Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl

With W.A.S.P. and Armored Saint:

11/02 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
11/03 Corpus Christi TX – Concrete Street Pavilion
11/04 San Antonio, TX – Eaton Arena
11/05 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
11/06 Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Theater

W.A.S.P. Add More Dates To 40th Anniversary Tour With Armored Saint

W.A.S.P. have added more dates to their 40th anniversary U.S. tour with Armored Saint. You can find their updated schedule below.

Tour Dates:

10/28 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
10/29 Anaheim, CA – The Grove
10/30 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
10/31 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
11/02 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (with Michael Schenker)
11/03 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Pavillion (with Michael Schenker)
11/04 San Antonio, TX – Eaton Arena (with Michael Schenker)
11/05 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory (with Michael Schenker)
11/06 Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Theater (with Michael Schenker)
11/08 St Louis, MO – The Factory
11/09 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
11/10 Ashwaubenon, WI – EPIC Event Center
11/11 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
11/12 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
11/13 Pittsburgh, PA – Palace Theater
11/15 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
11/16 Boston, MA – Big Night Live
11/17 Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theater
11/18 Huntington, NY – Paramount Theater
11/19 Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
11/20 Glenside, PA – Keswick Theater
11/21 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
11/23 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11/25 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater
11/26 Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
11/27 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
11/29 Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho Theater
11/30 Columbus, OH – The King Of Clubs
12/02 St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
12/03 St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
12/05 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
12/07 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Theater
12/09 San Francisco, CA – The Regency
12/10 Fresno, CA – Tower Theater
12/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

W.A.S.P. Announce 40th Anniversary U.S. Tour With Armored Saint

W.A.S.P. have announced a 40th Anniversary U.S. tour with Armored Saint. Michael Schenker will also perform on select dates.

Tour Dates:

10/29 Anaheim, CA – The Grove
10/30 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
10/31 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
11/02 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall (with Michael Schenker)
11/03 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Pavillion (with Michael Schenker)
11/04 San Antonio, TX – Eaton Arena (with Michael Schenker)
11/05 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory (with Michael Schenker)
11/06 Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Theater (with Michael Schenker)
11/09 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
11/10 Ashwaubenon, WI – EPIC Event Center
11/11 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
11/12 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theater
11/13 Pittsburgh, PA – Palace Theater
11/16 Boston, MA – Big Night Live
11/17 Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theater
11/18 Huntington, NY – Paramount Theater
11/19 Jim Thorpe, PA – Penn’s Peak
11/20 Glenside, PA – Keswick Theater
11/23 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11/25 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater
11/26 Orlando, FL – Plaza Live
11/29 Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho Theater
11/30 Columbus, OH – The King Of Clubs
12/02 St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
12/03 St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
12/05 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
12/07 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Theater
12/09 San Francisco, CA – The Regency

W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless commented:

“For over 10 years we have not toured on U.S. soil. But starting October 28th, 2022… we return. 10 years I’d want, 10 years I’ve cussed, 10 years I’d lust to return…. To my homeland… and be a Wild Child, a Love Machine, to be Blind in Texas, On Your Knees and Headless.”

“So join me and the band, and very special guests Armored Saint as we celebrate W.A.S.P. 40th-anniversary tour… Back in the U.S… Back to the Beginning. I’m gonna scream, c’ause I wanna feed, ’cause I wanna bleed, ’cause I Wanna Be Somebody. W.A.S.P. 40th-anniversary tour… Back in the U.S… Back to the beginning.”

Armored Saint Share “Spineless” Live Video From “Symbol Of Salvation Live”

Armored Saint have shared a new live video for their song “Spineless.” The footage is taken from the band’s new live CD/DVD “Symbol Of Salvation Live,” which was released today (October 22). That effort was recorded during the band’s July 13, 2018 show at The Gramercy Theatre in New York in which they performed “Symbol Of Salvation” in full.

James Hetfield Discusses John Bush (Armored Saint) Turning Down The Chance To Sing For Metallica

During James Hetfield’s “Road Dog Brothers” segment for SiriusXM’s “Mandatory Metallica” channel, the frontman confirmed that Metallica wanted to hire John Bush as their singer in the early days of the band. However, the Armored Saint vocalist ultimately declined the offer.

Hetfield said the following:

“A lot of those early memories were celebrated with a band called Armored Saint, who were a fellow L.A. band back in the early ’80s.

When we were getting started, obviously John Bush was a singer we got to know really well. [We] really, really tried to get him into the band as a singer, it didn’t work out. He was dedicated and very in love with what he was doing with his brothers in Armored Saint. And we absolutely respect that.”

Bush said the following about turning down the offer from Metallica during an interview with National Rock Review:

“What people don’t understand is that even though Metallica was garnering fame and attention, Armored Saint was becoming popular and doing well. For me to leave all the guys I grew up with wasn’t something that sounded appealing to me at the time.

I felt complimented when the band was proposing the ideas to me. But it just wasn’t my destiny to be in Metallica. I would have changed the face of heavy metal, and I don’t need that pressure. James is an incredible vocalist. He really developed through the years, and I can’t imagine anyone else there.”

[via Loudwire]

Armored Saint Share “The Truth Always Hurts” Live Video From “Symbol Of Salvation Live”

Armored Saint have shared a new live video for their song “The Truth Always Hurts.” The footage is taken from the band’s new live CD/DVD “Symbol Of Salvation Live,” which will be released on October 22. That effort was recorded during the band’s July 13, 2018 show at The Gramercy Theatre in New York in which they performed “Symbol Of Salvation” in full.

Armored Saint To Release “Symbol Of Salvation Live” CD/DVD In October

Armored Saint will be releasing a new live CD/DVD titled “Symbol Of Salvation Live” on October 22. The effort was recorded during the band’s July 13, 2018 show at The Gramercy Theatre in New York. That concert found the band performing “Symbol Of Salvation” in full.

Bassist Joey Vera said the following:

“I felt like showing Symbol… in another light was a great homage to the record itself. Also, having all the fans be there and part of that event is a way for us to say ‘Thank you!’ For, without them, we can’t do any of this in the first place.”

“If you would have told me 30 years ago that we’d be talking about this today, I would have told you that you were crazy. All we’ve ever wanted was to make our own music, to take joy and take pride in doing it. The fact that we also have very loyal fans who continue to support what we do is the best icing on this cake. I try to look at our records as objectively as possible, and when I can do that, I’m very proud that this record is a huge part of the band’s legacy, and I am extremely humbled that I’m a part of that.”

Frontman John Bush also commented:

“It links our past to our future. I believe it was the time that we honestly thought we could do whatever we wanted to musically and it would somehow work. There’s a magical feeling about it and it continues to gain mystique every year.”

Notably, the vinyl and digital editions of the release will also include demo tracks that were recorded with late guitarist Dave Prichard during the “Symbol Of Salvation” sessions. Bush added the following about that:

“They’re songs that didn’t make the record, however, there still is a vibe to those tunes, plus Dave’s playing is on them, so that makes them special.”

“Symbol Of Salvation Live” Track Listing:

01. “Reign Of Fire” (live)
02. “Dropping Like Flies” (live)
03. “Last Train Home” (live)
04. “Tribal Dance” (live)
05. “The Truth Always Hurts” (live)
06. “Half Drawn Bridge” (live)
07. “Another Day” (live)
08. “Symbol Of Salvation” (live)
09. “Hanging Judge” (live)
10. “Warzone” (live)
11. “Burning Question” (Live)
12. “Tainted Past” (live)
13. “Spineless” (live)

Bonus Tracks (digital/vinyl versions):

14. “Nothing Between The Ears” (1989 4-track demo)
15. “Get Lost” (1989 4-track demo)
16. “Medieval Nightmares” (1989 4-track demo)
17. “People” (1989 4-track demo)
18. “Pirates” (1989 4-track demo)
19. “Symbol Of Salvation” (live) (radio edit) (digital only)

A live video for “Symbol Of Salvation” can be found below:

Black Label Society Announce December Shows With Armored Saint & Prong

Black Label Society have announced some December shows with Armored Saint and Prong. Here’s the dates:

12/27 Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewhouse
12/28 San Francisco, CA – Regency Grand
12/29 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern
12/30 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
12/31 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee

These concerts will follow Black Label Society’s previously announced tour with Obituary and Prong.

Metal Allegiance Announce Patchogue, NY Show

Metal Allegiance will be performing at Stereo Garden in Patchogue, NY on September 25. The event will feature core members Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), Mark Menghi, and Alex Skolnick (Testament) as well as Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), and John Bush (Armored Saint, ex-Anthrax).

Several of the participating artists commented:

Bush:

“Always a blast to get on the stage with my Metal Allegiance homies. Never played on the Island with ’em! This is a first for me… I’m looking forward to getting on any stage at this point. We’ll be tearing through some Metal Allegiance originals, classic metal songs along with some Anthrax tunes from the records I made with them… It is Anthrax’s 40th anniversary after all… Come on out, metalheads!”

Menghi:

“Metal Allegiance is back! Can’t wait to hit the stage again and shed some of these COVID pounds! Haha. It’s been way too long since we hit it and this show is a special one as it’s on Metal Allegiance’s home turf of Long Island. New York audiences have some catching up to do with our West Coast friends. Let’s show them how it’s done!”

Portnoy:

“After an unexpected year and half vacation, I am sooooooo excited to finally be playing live again! And what better way to break my post-COVID cherry than with my metal brothers in Metal Allegiance! And what better place than my old home sweet home, Strong Island… I can’t wait!”

Skolnick:

“We are all looking forward to hitting the stage once again as Metal Allegiance, this time in Long Island, our symbolic hometown, sight of many meetings (and tacos) and location of our first recording. After the year or so we’ve all had, this first (and only) Metal Allegiance gig of 2021 will have an extra special energy. Don’t miss it!”

Rob Rush (94.3 The Shark) will serve as a guest MC at the concert, which is set to be filmed for a future streaming event and live release. Killcode, Magus Beast and To The Pain will open.

Armored Saint Premiere “Lone Wolf” Video

Armored Saint have premiered a new video for their song “Lone Wolf.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Punching The Sky.”

Director Robert Graves commented:

“With ‘Lone Wolf’, the band and I agreed right away that this was an opportunity to create a narrative driven video that would convey the song’s lyrical themes, while also creating an engaging visual experience. And so a noir-styled heist in the heart of L.A. just seemed to fit the song perfectly.

We decided to keep the story simple and allow the tone of the video to help convey the song’s significance. This gave us (the crew) the opportunity to create an aesthetic that intensified the song’s mood, while also getting some incredible action scenes to tell the story. Needless to say, Armored Saint fans are in for a ride. I think they’re gonna love it!”

Bassist Joey Vera continued:

“Working again with director Robert Graves was incredible. Not only is this video great to watch, but underneath the storyline lies a layer of allegory, metaphor and symbolism. Kind of a first for us. John Bush’s great lyrics twist and turn into meanings not visible at first sight. It’s a view into a person’s journey through life and how they maneuver through it all and what they gain from that experience in the end. The neo-noir look Robert created in both the story and the band performances make this a great addition to the Armored Saint video catalogue.”

Vocalist John Bush added:

“Working with Robert is awesome. The guy is truly amazing. He’s gonna be a star.

This time we pushed the dialogue. It was challenging for me, but I had fun with it. For motivation, I tried to channel some of the great actors who come into the casting studio that my wife and I run.

‘Wolf’ tackles the view of people who spend a lot of time on their own. Something I spent years doing. The solitary individuals that always keep us guessing. This video is dedicated to them.”