Whitesnake Welcome Trans-Siberian Orchestra Singer Dino Jelusick To The Band, Announce UK/Ireland Tour

Whitesnake have welcomed singer/multi-instrumentalist Dino Jelusick (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, etc.) to the band. The group announced his addition with the below video:

Frontman David Coverdale commented:

“I am absolutely delighted to welcome the extremely gifted Dino Jelusick to Whitesnake. We’ve had our eyes and ears on him since we played Zagreb together two years ago. You’re going to love him!”

Jelusick added:

“I am beyond honored to be part of one of my favourite bands of all time. To get the phone call from David Coverdale is something every singer and musician of my generation can only dream of; it still feels completely surreal. I cannot wait to start hitting the road with Whitesnake and, as the great DC said to me himself, to give a piece of my identity to the sound of this iconic band.”

With this news, Whitesnake have also announced a UK/Ireland tour with Foreigner and Europe:

05/10 Dublin, IRE – 3Arena
05/12 Glasgow, UK – SEC (SSE Hydro Arena)
05/14 Newcastle, UK – Utilita Arena
05/16 London, UK – The O2 Arena
05/18 Manchester, UK – AO Arena
05/20 Nottingham, UK – Motorpoint Arena
05/22 Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena
05/25 Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena

Judas Priest, Halestorm, Etc. Members Added To Virtual Ronnie James Dio Birthday Fundraiser

More artists have been added to the “Stand Up And Shout For Ronnie James Dio’s Birthday” virtual fundraiser. That event will take place on July 10 and tickets can be purchased at rollinglivestudios.com.

Here’s the newly announced guests: Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen), Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass, Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), John Bush (Armored Saint), Mikkey Dee (Scorpions, Motörhead), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake), Lena Hall (“Hedwig And The Angry Inch”), Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs, etc.), Derek St, Holmes (Vanilla Fudge, Michael Schenker Group), Scott Travis (Judas Priest), Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders), and The Warning,

Here’s the previously announced guests: Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Vinny Appice (ex-Black Sabbath), Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro, Holland, Shout), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Aynsley Dunbar (ex-Journey), Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses), Lita Ford, Glenn Hughes (ex-Deep Purple), Terry Ilous (ex-Great White), Liliac, Sean McNabb (ex-Quiet Riot), Jeff Pilson (Foreigner), Rudy Sarzo (ex-Quiet Riot), Paul Shortino (ex-Rough Cutt), Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Brent Woods (Sebastian Bach, Wildside), Wyn Davis, and Ronnie’s widow Wendy Dio.

The Dio band, Oni Logan, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Rowan Robertson, and Bjorn Englen, will perform as well. Eddie Trunk and Matt Pinfield will also be on hand conducting interviews.

Whitesnake, L.A. Guns, Stryper, Etc. Members Featured In New Documentary On COVID-19’s Impact On The Music Industry

DailyBOOM Media have release a new documentary focusing on the harsh impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on the music industry. The film is titled “Let The Music Play” and it features members of Whitesnake, Foreigner, Stryper, L.A. Guns, Enuff- Z’Nuff, and more. The documentary was written by executive producer Cate Meighan, with Emmy Award-winning video-editor and co-producer Heather Dauterive. It also includes an original score by award-winning multi-instrumentalist Jack Miele. Here’s a description of the film:

“A feature-length documentary by DailyBOOM Media on Covid-19’s crushing impact on the music industry as seen through the eyes of artists, musicians, promoters, venue owners, merchandisers and Save Our Stages/NIVA ambassadors.”

Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Korn, Disturbed, Etc. Set For 2020 Graspop Metal Meeting

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Graspop Metal Meeting festival. The event will take place in Dessel, Belgium on June 18-21 and it will feature: Airbourne, Alcest, Alestorm, Alter Bridge, Amorphis, Anathema, Anti-Flag, August Burns Red, Babymetal, Battle Beast, Beyond The Black, Body Count, Boston Manor, Bury Tomorrow, Chelsea Grin, Creeper, Deep Purple, Deez Nuts, Deftones, Dimmu Borgir, Disillusion, Disturbed, Dog Eat Dog, Dool, Down, Dream State, Dying Fetus, Enter Shikari, Exciter, Fields Of The Nephilim, Foreigner, Fu Manchu, Gaahls Wyrd, Good Riddance, Heathen, Heaven Shall Burn, High On Fire, In Extremo, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Kadavar, Killing Joke, Killswitch Engage, Korn, Lagwagon, M.O.D., Mayhem, Me And That Man, Mercyful Fate, Mispyrming, Motionless In White, My Dying Bride, Naglfar, Obituary, Of Mice & Men, Opeth, Our Survival Depends On Us, P.O.D., Paradise Lost, Powerflo, Powerwolf, Sacred Reich, Sepultura, Shvpes, Silverstein, Slapshot, Soen, Steel Panther, The Great Old Ones, The Offspring, The Vintage Caravan, Thunder, Tribulation, Vltimas, Wayward Sons, and Wednesday 13.

Foo Fighters, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold, Etc. Among Top 100 Grossing Tours Of 2018

Pollstar have shared a list of the top 100 worldwide grossing tours for the first half of 2018. You can see where rock and metal artists landed on the list below.

Artists like Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and The Rolling Stones took the top spots for worldwide tours, but here’s the rock and metal artists that made the list:

#9 Roger Waters (60.7 million gross)
#12 Foo Fighters (53.6 million gross)
#19 Metallica (40.6 million gross)
#21 Bon Jovi (38 million gross)
#35 Queen + Adam Lambert (23.9 million gross)
#43 Journey/Def Leppard (21.2 million gross)
#52 Iron Maiden (17.3 million gross)
#53 Kid Rock (17.1 million gross)
#81 Avenged Sevenfold (10.5 million gross)
#91 Scorpions (10.1 million gross)

They also did a list of the top 100 North American tours. Artists like P!nk, Eagles, and Justin Timberlake took the top spots, but here’s the rock and metal artists that made that list:

#10 Bon Jovi (38 million gross)
#19 Journey/Def Leppard (21.2 million gross)
#29 Kid Rock (17.1 million gross)
#49 Foo Fighters (10.3 million gross)
#55 Avenged Sevenfold (9.5 million gross)
#81 Foreigner (5.8 million)
#83 Queens Of The Stone Age (5.7 million gross)
#89 Judas Priest (5.0 million gross)

[via Blabbermouth]

Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Anthrax, Venom, Volbeat, Etc. Set For 2016 Black Friday Record Store Day Event

The full list of special releases for this year’s Black Friday Record Store Day (November 25) has been posted. You can see the list of rock/metal releases below, and can view the full list at recordstoreday.com.

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  • Alice Cooper – Live From The Astroturf (7″) (Good Records Recordings)
  • Alice In Chains – “Live Facelift” (12″) (Sony Legacy)
    (Six song live set recorded on December 22nd, 1990)
  • Anthrax – “A Monster At The End” (7″) (Megaforce)
    (Featuring the unreleased track “Vice Of The People“)
  • Andy Black – “The Shadow Side” (12″) (Republic)
  • Bolt Thrower – “Those Once Loyal” (LP) (Metal Blade)
  • Electric Wizard – “Witchcult Today” (2xLP) (Metal Blade)
  • Extreme – “Pornograffitti Live 25/Metal Meltdown” (Loud And Proud)
  • Faith No More – “Cone Of Shame” (7″) (Ipecac Recordings)
  • Foreigner – “The Flame Still Burns” (10″) (Rhino)
  • GWAR – “Black Friday (7″ Picture Disc) (Metal Blade)
  • Jimi Hendrix – “Morning Symphony Ideas” (10″) (Sony Legacy)
  • Iggy & The Stooges – “Telluric Chaos” (2xLP) (Skydog Records)
  • In This Moment – “A Star-Crossed Wasteland” (LP) (Wargod)
  • Iron Maiden – “Brave New World” (2×12″) (Sanctuary)
  • Dustin Kensrue – “More Thoughts That Float On A Different Blood” (7″) (Vagrant)
  • Mötley Crüe – “Kickstart My Heart“/”Home Sweet Home” (7″ Picture Disc) (Eleven Seven)
  • Melt Banana/Napalm Death – “Like Piss To A Sting” (7″) (Ipecac Recordings)
  • Prophets Of Rage – “The Party’s Over” (12″) (Caroline)
  • Puscifer – “Money Shot Your Re Load” (2xLP) (Puscifer Entertainment)
  • Ramones – “Live at the Roxy 8/12/76” (LP) (Rhino)
  • Refused – “Servants Of Death” (12″) (Epitaph)
  • The Runaways – “Cherokee/Gold Star” (LP) (Blackheart Records)
  • Soundgarden – “Satanoscillatemymetallicsonatas” (12″) (UMe/A&M)
  • Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – “Blood Lust” (LP) (Metal Blade)
  • Various Artists – “Underworld Soundtrack” (2xLP) (PAP)
  • Venom – “Black Metal” (Noise Records)
  • Volbeat – “Beyond Hell/Above Heaven” (2xLP) (Republic)

Rammstein, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Korn, Volbeat, Ghost, Etc. Set For 2016 Hellfest

Most of the lineup has been revealed for the 2016 Hellfest. The festival will take place June 17-19, in Clisson, FRA, and will include: Rammstein, Black Sabbath, Korn, Megadeth, Ghost, Slayer, Bring Me The Horizon, The Offspring, Volbeat, Anthrax, Bullet For My Valentine, Disturbed, King Diamond, Gojira, Shinedown, Testament, and much more.

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