Amon Amarth Invade Iron Maiden’s “Legacy Of The Beast” Mobile Game

Amon Amarth have invaded Iron Maiden’s “Legacy Of The Beast” mobile game as part of a new in-game event called “Viking Invasion.” The event kicked off today (April 13) and it will run for one month.

A press release offered more details:

“Entitled the “Viking Invasion”, the month-long event takes its broad themes from Iron Maiden‘s song, “Invaders“, from 1982’s The Number of the Beast album. Taking a page out of its own (comic) book, Legacy of the Beast created a new character and storyline borrowing from Amon Amarth‘s latest album, The Berserker.

After a spate of murderous attacks on his village, a lone Berserker vows revenge on the culprits who slaughtered his family. No stranger to battle, retribution or revenge, Eddie, Iron Maiden’s infamous mascot, leads not only the Berserker but also Norse Goddess, Freya, into battle against unrelenting waves of enemies to seek vengeance for the Berserker’s fallen kin. Are these random attacks, or is something more sinister afoot?

Find out when you meet The Berserker in the Viking Invasion Dungeon launching April 13th, 2021 at 5pm PT in Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast mobile game.

“Legacy of the Beast was built on a foundation of Iron Maiden songs, art and history, but has also always been about introducing and developing creative ideas that extended beyond Maiden,” band Manager Rod Smallwood comments, “and, just as we’ve always invited bands out to tour with us, we are delighted to invite some friends to become part of our game and to provide another dimension to the fun, dexterity and excitement of it.”

In Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, metal and RPG gaming fans take on the role of the band’s iconic mascot, Eddie, who travels through time, across a spectacularly diverse array of worlds in captivating 3D environments. Eddie appears in many forms, each a part of Iron Maiden‘s rich history, and each with a set of special powers and abilities.

Amon Amarth‘s lead vocalist & Viking-in-chief Johan Hegg explains, “To have our own character in the Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast game is just insanely cool! And such an honor. We hope everyone will enjoy our humble contribution to this awesome game!”

Players can earn the Berserker character for free From April 13th – May 12th, 2021.”

Iron Maiden Postpone Summer European Tour To 2022

Iron Maiden have postponed their summer European tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The shows are now scheduled for 2022.

Tour Dates:

06/04 Hyvinkää, FIN – Rockfest
06/11 Donington, UK – Download Festival
06/13 Belfast, IRE – Ormeau Park Belsonic Festival
06/16 Dessel, BEL Graspop Metal Meeting
06/18 Copenhagen, DEN – Copenhell
06/20 Prague, CZE – Sinobo Stadium (feat. Airbourne & Lord Of The Lost)
06/23 Oslo, NOR – Tons Of Rock
06/26 Paris, FRA – La Defense Arena (feat. Airbourne)
06/27 Arnhem, NET – Gelredome (feat. Airbourne)
06/30 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion (feat. Lord Of The Lost)
07/02 Cologne, GER – Rhein-Energie-Stadium (feat. Airbourne & Lord Of The Lost)
07/04 Berlin, GER – Waldbühne (feat. Airbourne & Lord Of The Lost)
07/07 Bologna, ITA – Sonic Park (feat. Airbourne & Lord Of The Lost)
07/09 Stuttgart, GER – Cannstatter Wasen (feat. Airbourne & Lord Of The Lost)
07/10 Wiener, AUT – Neustadt Stadium Open-Air (feat. Airbourne & Lord Of The Lost)
07/20 Bremen, GER – Bürgerweide (feat. Powerwolf & Airbourne)
07/22 Gothenburg, SWE – Ullevi Stadium (feat. D.A.D. & Airbourne)
07/24 Warsaw, POL – PGE Narodowy (feat. Within Temptation & Lord Of The Lost)
07/26 Frankfurt, GER – Deutsche Bank Park (Feat. Airbourne)
07/29 Barcelona, SPA – Olympic Stadium (feat. Within Temptation & Airbourne)
07/31 Lisbon, POR – Estadio Nacional (feat. Within Temptation & Airbourne)

The band commented:

“We regret to announce that the 2021 June & July dates on the Legacy Of The Beast Tour have been postponed due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on global live events and travel. The Legacy Of The Beast European Tour will now take place in the Summer of 2022 on the dates below. All tickets remain valid.”

The following was also added:

“-The Stuttgart 2022 show will now take place at the Cannstatter Wasen, not the Mercedes-Benz Arena, which is not available due to stadium reconstruction works. Tickets remain valid and ticket-holders will be notified by the local promoter/ticketing agency in due course.

-The Swiss show has reverted to Zurich Hallenstadion as was originally planned for 2020, as this venue is now available again for 2022. Therefore, there will be no rescheduled show for Basel St Jakobshalle (which never went onsale this year).

The postponement of the Legacy Of The Beast Tour does however bring the good news that Maiden can now return to headlining the European festival dates initially planned for 2020 which were cancelled due to the pandemic. This includes Graspop in Belgium so therefore the own-show date in Antwerp (which had also not gone onsale) will no longer take place.

Furthermore, we are in the process of finalising a further couple of own-shows in other European territories and will update you about those as soon as they are confirmed.

Manager Rod Smallwood comments; ‘Naturally the band are hugely disappointed, a second summer without touring, especially with this very special Legacy show, is very hard to take. They send their best wishes to you all, knowing full well you fans will feel the same. As we all know, realistically there is no alternative so we will all make the best of it and spend the time preparing for a very memorable and even more spectacular Legacy tour next year, we promise! Until then keep safe and keep smart’

The Zurich and Frankfurt shows will have exclusive Iron Maiden Fan Club pre-sales next week.

Confirmed supports for all own-shows can be found on the Tour information page at IronMaiden.com. Where possible these will remain the same as announced for this year.”

Smith/Kotzen (Iron Maiden, The Winery Dogs) Share Behind The Scenes Look At The Making Of Their Debut Album

Smith/Kotzen, the project featuring Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs), have shared a behind the scenes look at the making of their self-titled debut album. That effort is available now.

Adrian Smith Says Iron Maiden Have “Some Very, Very Exciting Things” In The Works

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith revealed that the band have some surprises in the works for future shows when they are able to go back on tour again. He said the following:

“I think it’ll be worth the wait, put it like that, as far as the MAIDEN thing goes. There are some very, very exciting things in the pipeline. So that’s all I can say, really… But I think the fans are gonna be delighted.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Charlie Benante (Anthrax) To Release New Covers Album “Silver Linings”

Anthrax’s Charlie Benante will be releasing a new covers album titled “Silver Linings” on May 14. The effort will feature various tracks from the drummer’s “quarantine jam video series.” Pre-orders can be found HERE. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Neal Casal Music Foundation.

“Silver Linings” Track Listing:

01. “City Of Blinding Lights” (U2 cover) (feat. Anthrax’s Frank Bello and Death Angel’s Mark Osegueda)
02. “Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns” (Mother Love Bone cover) (feat. Metal Allegiance’s Mark Menghi and Death Angel’s Mark Osegueda)
03. “Teardrop” (Massive Attack cover) (feat. Butcher Babies’ Carla Harvey and Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
04. “Run-DMC Medley” (Run-DMC cover) (feat. Run-DMC’s Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Volbeat’s Rob Caggiano, and Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
05. “Rhiannon” (Fleetwood Mac cover) (feat. Metal Allegiance’s Mark Menghi, Beauty In The Machine’s Jennifer Cella, and Randy McStine)
06. “Yer So Bad” (Tom Petty cover) (feat. Butcher Babies’ Carla Harvey and Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
07. “Transylvania” (Iron Maiden cover) (feat. Skid Row’s Dave “Snake” Sabo, Anthrax’s Frank Bello, and Anthrax’s Jon Donais)
08. “Presto Vivace” (U.K. cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz, Testament’s Alex Skolnick, and Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess)
09. “Bad Guy” (Billie Eilish cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
10. “Jimmy James” (Beastie Boys cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
11. “All The Way” (KISS cover) (feat. Trixter’s P.J. Farley, Kuarantine’s Joe McGinness, and Rob Zombie’s John 5)
12. “Mr. Speed“ (KISS cover) (feat. Trixter’s P.J. Farley and Kuarantine’s Joe McGinness)
13. “Public Image” (Public Image cover) (feat. Turbonegro’s Hank Von Hell, Sum 41’s Dave “Brownsound” Baksh, and Sum 41’s Jason “Cone” McCaslin)
14. “Funny Vibe” (Living Colour cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz, Living Colour’s Corey Glover, and Butcher Babies’ Henry Flury)

Benante said the following about the album:

“Back in February of last year with COVID and all the other B.S. that was going on, I was glued to the 24-hour news cycle on the TV and my phone, and I started to get really depressed. My girlfriend said I needed to turn off the news and suggested I do something creative, whether it was art or drumming or writing new songs, and she was right.”

“I knew a lot of my musician friends were going through the same thing I had been, so I started asking them if they wanted to get involved, play some songs with me, maybe make a video – that’s how it all started.”

“This isn’t a solo album. This is a record of my favorite songs done with some of my friends during a very dark time. We found a shining light and this is the result of that light. I was really happy that my musician friends came on board and helped make this record what it is. I appreciate all of them, and they all did such a fantastic job. Despite all of the darkness we’ve experienced this past year, there are ‘silver linings,’ that’s why I chose that title for the album.”

The record’s first single, Benante’s “Run-DMC Medley” with Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (Run-DMC), Rob Caggiano (Volbeat, ex-Anthrax), and Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), can be found below:

Zee Productions To Release More Iron Maiden Puzzles In May

Zee Productions have announced that they will be releasing new 500-piece jigsaw puzzles based on the artwork for Iron Maiden’s “Brave New World,” “Dance Of Death,” “A Matter Of Life And Death,” “The Final Frontier,” and “Stranger In A Strange Land” on May 14. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

Smith/Kotzen (Iron Maiden, The Winery Dogs) Premiere “Running” Lyric Video

Smith/Kotzen, the project featuring Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs), have premiered a lyric video for their new song “Running.” This track is from their new self-titled album, which will be released on March 26.

Smith commented:

“It’s a really cool sort of driving track, one of the heavier ones on the album and we’re excited to get it out there ahead of the album release. We’ve both been thrilled by the reaction to our music so far and are very much looking forward to meeting up again as soon as we can, to write some more songs together.”

Kotzen added:

“‘Running’ was the first song Adrian and I worked on. Adrian came in with that heavy verse riff, which led me to conjuring up what lives as our chorus to the composition. ‘Running’ is surely one of my top three favorites on the SMITH/KOTZEN album and I really look forward to playing this one live.”

Date And Venue Announced For 2021 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

It has been confirmed that the 2021 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH on October 30. As previously reported, this year’s nominees include: Iron Maiden, Rage Against The Machine, Foo Fighters, The New York Dolls, Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, The Go-Go’s, Jay-Z, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, Todd Rundgren, Tina Turner, and Dionne Warwick. The official inductees will be announced in May and you can currently participate in a fan vote HERE.

2021 UK Download Festival Officially Cancelled

The 2021 UK Download Festival has officially been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event is scheduled to return on June 10-12, 2022 with KISS, Iron Maiden, and Biffy Clyro set to headline.

Organizers issued the following statement:

“We can confirm that Download Festival will no longer be taking place this year. But we do have exciting news for 2022.

We never gave up hope of bringing the festival back to Donington this June and had been working so hard behind the scenes to make this happen, but we now know it’s not possible. We’re heartbroken for everyone in the Download family, from artists to supplier and of course our passionate Download fans.

We’ll be back on 10th-12th June 2022, as strong as ever, with an amazing set of headliners — KISS, Iron Maiden and Biffy Clyro.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the NHS for their extraordinary efforts in rolling out the vaccine, as well as thanking all of you for your patience and for keeping the spirit of Download alive until we can be together again.

You are very welcome to retain your ticket and carry it over to next year. Alternatively, you will be able to receive a refund from your ticket agent. Look out for an email from them very soon and please only contact them if you have not been contacted after 5 days as they are very busy at this time.

Horns up. We’ll see you in 2022.

Team Download”.

Smith/Kotzen (Iron Maiden, The Winery Dogs) Premiere “Scars” Video

Smith/Kotzen, the project featuring Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and Richie Kotzen (The Winery Dogs), have premiered a new video for their new song “Scars.” This track is from their new self-titled album, which will be released on March 26. Kotzen commented:

“I remember ‘Scars’ being one of the songs we wrote in the very beginning of the process. There is something moody and mysterious going on in this track that I find quite engaging. This would be a great track for us to stretch out live for some guitar improvisation between the two of us.”