Estranged Wife Of Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Passes Away

Paddy Bowden, the estranged wife of Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson, has sadly passed away. Her body was found in a London home that the couple shared prior to their 2018 split. Dickinson and Bowden got married in 1990 and had three children together including Griffin Dickinson (SHVPES), Austin Dickinson (As Lions, ex-Rise To Remain), and Kia Dickinson. Bruce told The Sun the following:

“This is a terrible tragedy which appears to be a tragic accident. Our children Austin, Griffin and Kia and I are devastated. Out of respect for Paddy we won’t be making any further comment at this hugely difficult and painful time for our family.”

Bad Wolves Premiere “No Masters” Music Video, Perfom With Guest Singers At Birmingham, UK Show

Bad Wolves have premiered a new video for their song “No Masters.” This track is from the band’s debut album “Disobey.“

In other news, Tommy Vext was unable to perform during the group’s October 4 show in Birmingham, UK due to him being hospitalized with a bronchial infection. Stars (Bang Bang Romeo) and Austin Dickinson (As Lions) filled in during his absence. Vext said the following about that:

“Life is unpredictable. If anyone knows this, it’s me. More often than not, the universe throws a wrench in the best laid plans.

This is our first trip to play shows in Europe as a band. Nothing could prepare us for the excitement and gratitude we felt for the opportunity to come over and play for the UK and EU fans who have waited so long to see us. So imagine my disappointment when a few days ago I began feeling ill to the point I knew something was wrong enough that I had to seek medical treatment – and to accept the doctors’ advice that I not play the show in Birmingham.

But as the old adage goes, “the show must go on” and luckily I have a lot of people in my life who love and support me and my band. On a moment’s notice, Stars from the Doncaster band Bang Bang Romeo and Austin Dickinson from London based As Lions agreed to learn the set list in under 24 hours, travel to Birmingham and play the show for no money, just because they believe in us and because they know we would do the same for them. I certainly understand this sentiment. I had to fill in as the vocalist for Five Finger Death Punch on several occasions.

It is not easy to sit the Birmingham show out. But this is bigger than just me. It’s about the fans and about our commitment to Three Days Grace. As I lie here, wishing I were feeling better, those thoughts of pity are overshadowed completely by my sense of wonder at the kindness and generosity of the human spirit and the power of music to bring people together. Thank you for all the support – I’ll be back asap, in bigger, better fighting shape. I would personally like to thank the NHS and all the doctors and nurses who assisted me for their amazing service.”

Dickinson added:

“When Tommy called me I thought he was a joking but as it turns he needed a brother to lend a hand. So here we are doing for Tommy what he’s done for many others. He owes me now and I will wait until I get ill in Siberia to ask him to return the favour.”

Watch Five Finger Death Punch Perform With Phil Labonte (All That Remains)

As previously reported, Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody has “fallen ill,” and has decided to exit the band’s current tour. In his absence, Phil Labonte (All That Remains) has taken over vocals for the remaining dates, with tour mates James Michael (Sixx:A.M.) and Austin Dickinson (As Lions) helping out as well. Check out footage from last night’s (December 1) show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania below:

Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody Leaves Current Tour, Band Recruits Phil Labonte (All That Remains) To Fill In

Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody has apparently “fallen ill” and will not be able to finish the last eight dates of their current tour with Shinedown, Sixx:A.M., and As Lions. Sixx:A.M.’s James Michael and As Lions‘ Austin Dickinson plan to assist with vocals as well.

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The band posted the following press release:

With only 8 shows to go on their current US co-headlining arena tour with Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch announced today that they have decided to honor their commitment to the fans and finish out the current tour with All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte filling in for Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody who has fallen ill.

Says Zoltan Bathory, guitarist of Five Finger Death Punch: “Ivan is our brother and we fully and wholeheartedly support him taking care of himself so he can get well as soon as possible. We discussed possibly canceling the remaining shows but the responses from the other bands on the tour were so overwhelmingly supportive that we decided to move forward and deliver the great night to the fans that they expect.”

Adds James Michael, vocalist for Sixx:A.M.: “All of our hearts are with Ivan right now hoping for a speedy recovery. Phil is an excellent frontman and vocalist who stepped forward in solidarity to Ivan without a moment of hesitation. Fans are in for some special treats and surprises. I’m really excited about the show tonight.”

Phil Labonte, the vocalist of All That Remains, a former Marine and close friend of Moody once before saved the day for Killswitch Engage in 2010 when their singer at the time, Howard Jones, left the band mid-tour. Says Phil Labonte: “I got their six and stepped up right away. I’m honored to be able to help Five Finger Death Punch to finish their tour and give Ivan a chance to take care of himself. I did the same for Killswitch Engage years ago. I was humbled to get the call and get a chance to play in front of such a great audience.”

In an unprecedented move of solidarity, artists from the four-band bill of the tour have vowed to finish the dates on a high note and stand behind Ivan in his endeavor to get well. Tonight’s Five Finger Death Punch show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia will feature guest performances by Phil Labonte of All That Remains, James Michael, vocalist of Sixx:A.M. and As Lions, the U.K. newcomers fronted by Austin Dickinson.

The remaining dates of the tour are as follows:

Thu – 12/1 – Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Fri – 12/2 – Hershey, PA Giant Center
Sat – 12/3 – Huntington, WV Big Sandy Superstore Arena
Mon – 12/5 – Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Tue – 12/6 – Charleston, SC N. Charleston Civic Center
Thu – 12/8 – Orlando, FL Amway Arena
Fri – 12/9 – Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
Sat – 12/10 – Duluth, GA Infinite Energy Center

Rise To Remain Disband/Austin Dickinson Forms As Lions

Rise To Remain have officially disbanded. In light of this news Austin Dickinson and Will Conor have formed a new band called As Lions.

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The following statement was posted on Rise To Remain’s Facebook:

“Its with a mixture of sadness and excitement that we reveal to everybody that Rise To Remain is no more. We travelled the world with this band, and, because of the people who supported us, managed to achieve so many things we never thought possible. Living the dream, in many cases, is not enough to hold it all together when the band is not stable, and after putting together the second record, Adam told us he was in a place where he felt the pressure of the album and the upcoming cycle and couldn’t continue, leading Ben to quit music altogether. To continue the band at this point, with as many line up changes as its had, with the two original members being Will and myself, seems pointless. We loved the music we made with Rise, we loved getting to know all of you through shows and media like this. That goes for Ben and Adam too. I wouldn’t say that this news is necessarily unexpected, as its been quiet on here for some time. We don’t feel any blame or animosity, in all honesty I would like to add that Ben leaving was the best decision for him. He was in a difficult position and had been for a long time, and he had to find a way to go and deal with his problems, which although it means we had to part ways, I’m still very proud of him for. It takes courage. We’ve all toured together for years, and bonds like that are not only old, they are complex. However, I do now get to move on to the exciting part.

AS LIONS is the new band that Will, Conor and I have been working on since early last year. We wanted to take our time with it and build the material to the point where we knew we could burn the place to the ground. This is that time. 9 Months of non stop recording and work in the wake of the final rise album, as well as a manner things lead to a lot of material, including the single you can currently hear: The Fall. While it is different to what you know us to sound like, it captures the passion, hunger and furore that we’ve always sought to impart. There is no other way to kick this off, than with an anthem, a straight up belter, one that you can sing and move to, as well as one that does the people that have supported us and made us who we are as individuals, proud. So if you enjoy it, take pride in knowing that you are supporting a band that truly appreciates it. Touring and shows will be announced shortly, but for now, we would rather let the song speak for itself, and find out what your reactions are. We’ve got an article running in Kerrang! currently, and the single is going to radio at the weekend.

So, to summate, I will miss Rise To Remain in its good times. I was shown a world of opportunities I never thought would be possible. What you guys have shown me, time after time, is to sing as loud as possible, sweat as much as you can and act like its your last night on earth. I find a lot of solace in that. Rise To Remain’s time is over. If you want in on the new wave, right this way….”

As for, As Lions, they have released their debut track, The Fall, via Kerrang!