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Guitar legend Steve Vai has checked in with the following update: “We had the opportunity to volunteer at this wonderful compound called Animal Tracks, Inc. The good folks there take in abandoned and compromised exotic animals and care for them. Animal Tracks are in the process of having to move…For more, check out: (Source)

Texas Hippie Coalition has confirmed the routing for their Saving America Tour. The 22-date road trek begins July 2nd in Abingdon, VA and wraps up October 10th in Joliet, IL. Complete details are listed below.
2 – Enchanted Forest – Abingdon, VA
24 – Lone Star Music Fest – Lubbock, TX
August…For more, check out: (Source)

Unable to tour, and missing her fans, Tarja has spent the last year writing her first book – sign up at to learn more.
Titled Singing In My Blood, the book includes lots of previously unseen, intimate photographs to illustrate her memories of making music in the studio, on…For more, check out: (Source)

Arte Concert and the organziers behind Hellfest have teamed up to bring you Cradle Of Filth’s unedited stage show, captured live on June 22, 2019 in Clisson, France. Setlist: “Thirteen Autumns And A Widow” “Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids” “Beneath The Howling Stars” “Malice Through The Looking Glass” “Heartbreak And Seance…For more, check out: (Source)

Heavy/power metal traditions are strong in Italy, so it’s no wonder that, when local guitar virtuoso Francesco Marras (currently also in Tygers Of Pan Tang) formed his own band in 1997, the chosen genre was the most obvious.
Now, two and a half decades later, Screaming Shadows is one…For more, check out: (Source)

Heavy Birthdays
Happy 58th
Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, RHINO BUCKET, OPERATION: MINDCRIME) – June 19th, 1963 Happy 71st
Ann Wilson (HEART) – June 19th, 1950
Happy 61st
Luke Morley (THUNDER) – June 19th, 1960
Heavy Releases
Happy 43rd
TROOPER’s Thick As Thieves – June 19th, 1978
Featured the massive Canadian hit, “Raise A…For more, check out: (Source)

Damon Johnson & The Get Ready have released their new video for the second single from Battle Lessons, “Talk Yourself Into Anything”. The video, shot at the iconic Castle Recording Studio in Nashville, was directed by Damon’s friend Rob Arthur (who is also the keyboardist for Peter Frampton). 
As Damon says…For more, check out: (Source)

“Frank (Bello, bassist for Anthrax) joins me to discuss his new autobiography Fathers, Brothers, And Sons (pre-order here), partying with Metallica and puking in the back of Lars Ulrich’s car, the tragic shooting death of his younger brother and the feelings of revenge that followed, how the pandemic centered…For more, check out: (Source)

According to Ruptly TV, Britain’s largest rock festival is back as a pilot, smaller event for 10,000 people, as seen at the Donington Park, Leicestershire, on Friday.
Dubbed the Download Pilot, the three-day camping festival will allow people once inside to ignore COVID restrictions – meaning moshing will also…For more, check out: (Source)

Former Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolkki being spoke with Finland’s KaaosTV about his new Timo Tolkki’s Avalon’s album, The Enigma Birth, which was released on June 18th. He also talks about the failure of his Infinite Visions project, and a new project in the works featuring some of his former bandmates…For more, check out: (Source)