Day in Rock Report for 07/03/2015

Slash Explains Why The State Of Music 'Sucks'

(Classic Rock) Slash says the corporate music business sucks as bands shape their sound for Top 40 radio instead of following their art. Fresh off his appearance at Download, Slash spoke with Radio Nova about the current state of the record industry, which he claims has lost all sense of rebellion.

He says: "I think the music business itself sucks. It's turned very corporate, materialistic. Even artists are trying to conform to the record industry now. It used to be the artist was for the artist and there was a conflict of interest between the creative artist and the record company wanting to make a lot of money, and eventually they'd sort of work it out.

"Because then, they used to develop artists, and now it's just like Top 40 - everybody's trying to be Top 40. Even heavy metal bands are trying to be Top 40. So it's not a big turn-on, like it was for me in the 60s and 70s and 80s where it was exciting and there was a sense of rebellion and whatever.

Slash continues: "So I just do what I do, which is completely against the grain of what the industry is all about. But, as a whole, it'll get better eventually. It always has its ups and downs." Read more here.

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From Autumn To Ashes Cancel Tour Due To Personal Emergency

From Autumn To Ashes announced that they have been forced to pull out of the upcoming West Coast leg of their tour with Hawthorne Heights, Sleepwave, and Extinction AD due to a "personal emergency".

The band had the following explanation on their Facebook page, "Unfortunately, due to a personal emergency beyond our control, we will not be able to play our upcoming west coast shows with our friends in Hawthorne Heights, Sleepwave, and Extinction AD, nor will [we] be doing the NYC date with Emery and Fashion Week. We apologize to everyone who was planning on coming out to see these shows. We'll be making up shows as soon as we can.

"Thank you all so much for your continued support, we are incredibly grateful to every one of you for sticking by us throughout the years. We'll keep you updated on when the make-up shows will be. As always, thanks for everything...we'll see you soon!"

The band also responded to a Facebook comment expressing concern about the possible breakup of the current lineup of the band and the group responded "line up is fine. we had a blast on this past tour... has nothing to do with our desire to continue... we will be back. just a minor setback." See the canceled dates here.

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Disturbed Go Behind The Scenes Of Comeback Album 'Immortalized'

(TeamRock Radio) Disturbed have released the first in a series of videos capturing the making of their comeback album Immortalized. The band announced last month that their four-year hiatus was over and they'd release their sixth album on August 21. Now they're giving fans the chance to see what the recording sessions were like as they made the album in a Nevada studio under a veil of secrecy.

In the first episode, drummer Mike Wengren says: "We are in the middle of the Nevada desert, a secret location right outside Area 51. You don't even know it's happening right now and you won't even see the footage until the record is done.

"You don't even know there's a record - it's just gonna drop and hit you smack in the damn face." Frontman David Draiman said in the days after their comeback was confirmed that keeping it under wraps was a "torturous" process. Watch the video here.

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Mew Part Ways With Guitarist Bo Madsen

Mew announced that guitarist Bo Madsen has left the group "for the time being". A reason for the departure was not revealed but from their statement it appears that they are leaving the door open for a possible return in the future.

The band released the following statement, "After 20 years playing together in Mew, the band and Bo Madsen have decided to part ways for the time being."

"At present the rest of us will continue with Mew. We are happy to tell you that guitarist Mads Wegner will be joining us on our upcoming shows, and we look forward to seeing you all out there. Thank you for your understanding and support, Jonas, Johan and Silas."

The announcement comes after the band performed two concerts this past weekend with Mads Wegner performing in Madsen's place, according to mxdwn.com.

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Randy Blythe Changed Vocal Approach On New Lamb Of God Album

(TeamRock Radio) Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe says toning down his screaming vocals on parts of VII: Sturm Und Drang were some of the most enjoyable moments he's experienced in the studio.

And he says that now he's older, he no longer feels the need to sing aggressively - although he did at the start of his career. He tells VH1: "At one point, yes, but I'm 44 years old. I've been doing this band for 21 years. Now on the new record, there's some different stuff on there.

"There's one song where it's almost clean vocals and it's me doing it. That's the most fun I've had in the studio in a long time." Blythe also says there was never a question of the band standing in the way of Chris Adler who has teamed up with Dave Mustaine and co to record Megadeth's follow-up to 2013's Super Collider.

He continues: "People are like, 'Are you guys worried about Chris being in Megadeth?' I'm like, 'Hell no!' I don't care." Read more here.

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Paul Bostaph Explains Return To Slayer

(Classic Rock) Slayer sticksman Paul Bostaph says he rejoined the band for the third time as he missed the experience of playing with Kerry King and co. He replaced original drummer Dave Lombardo again in 2013 and appears on Slayer's 11th album Repentless, which is due out in September.

And asked why he decided to get back behind the kit with the band, Bostaph reports that Slayer is the only group that gives him the drive he needs to play at his best.

He tells Alibi.com: "Slayer appeals to me on a physical level, on a musical level. I crave the sweat. I wanna feel that when it's all done, there's nothing left in the tank. That's what Slayer is all about.

"I missed it. I love this style of music. I played with some other great bands but this particular band and the way we perform together is relentless." Read more here.

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Sum 41 Frontman Deryck Whibley Announces Solo Dates

(TeamRock Radio) Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley will play three solo shows in California this month before rejoining Sum 41 for live dates as he makes a comeback following a battle with alcohol that almost cost him his life.

The singer was hospitalised in early 2014 after his liver and kidneys collapsed due to years of drinking. Whibley was put into an induced coma and later warned that even one more drink could kill him.

In April, the frontman updated fans on his recovery while revealing "I am dying to get onstage. That's the only thing that's been keeping me going - music is really the only focus I've had since being in the hospital."

Set to perform under the name Deryck Whibley And The Happiness Machines, the singer will be joined by My Chemical Romance bassist Mikey Way for the three-show run.

Whibley says: "Hey everyone. I'm really excited to be getting back on stage for some warm up shows in Cali. I haven't been on stage in a long time, so me and some of my good friends are gonna get up and jam some Sum 41 songs." Read more and see the dates here.

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Bruce Springsteen Joins Brian Wilson on Stage

(Radio.com) What's better than Brian Wilson playing some Beach Boys favorites on his current tour? If Bruce Springsteen makes a surprise appearance and joins him on stage in New Jersey, of course.

Wednesday night (July 1), Wilson's summer tour made a stop at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ and Jersey's Springsteen made a little unscheduled stop by the show. But when The Boss attends a concert he doesn't just show up. Springsteen joined Wilson on stage at the end of the show to perform two classic Beach Boys tunes: 'Barbara Ann" and 'Surfin' U.S.A."

Wilson's tour continues on, with a show on July 4 in Toronto, and goes through July 25. His fall UK tour has been postponed due to "the overwhelming success of Brian Wilson's movie 'Love and Mercy'" and all its demands. He will head back to Europe and in 2016, he promises. Watcj the jam here.

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Styx Meet Scientist That Discovered Pluto's Moon Styx

(ABC) The members of the rock band Styx met with members of NASA's New Horizons team on Wednesday, including the scientist that discovered the band's namesake moon of Pluto in 2012.

We were sent these details: The meeting took place at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, MD, mission operations center for New Horizons.

The unmanned New Horizons spacecraft is on final approach to Pluto and its moons, just days away from a historic July 14 flyby that will return the first images of the mysterious dwarf planet.

STYX's Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitar), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), and Todd Sucherman (drums) were treated to a tour of New Horizons mission control from mission operations manager Alice Bowman.

Principal investigator Alan Stern wowed the trio with the latest images from New Horizons, while Stern and dozens of project members gathered at APL's main auditorium for a group photo as the band's hit "Come Sail Away" hung in the air. Read more here.

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Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton Reveals Inspiration For Donington DVD

(hennemusic) Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton is previewing the band's forthcoming live package, "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014", which will be released on Blu Ray, DVD and Digital on September 4 via Eagle Rock.

The set features Aerosmith's headline performance on June 15, 2014 as they closed the final night of the Download Festival in Donington Park. Hamilton reveals the project was inspired by the success of 2013's "Rock For The Rising Sun", which captured the band on and off stage during a 2011 tour of Japan.

"We had a DVD we put out a few years ago and it was a big success with the fans - it came out really good," Hamilton tells The Digital Journal, "so we had our eyes open for these types of opportunities. Eagle Rock, we got together with them and said, 'Hey, we're gonna be doing some big festivals in Europe, do you want to do a DVD of one of them?' and it was a big enthusiastic yes.

"This festival at Donington, they call it Download now. It used to be called Monsters of Rock, but we always refer to it as 'Donington.' It's got a lot of history behind it and I always feel honoured to be in a band that's asked to headline that show."

"You really feel for the crowd there," he continues, "because you have the English weather and when we go on they've been there for three days and they've been drinking and eating and having hangovers…But dammit, they stay there, they stay through the rain, and they're still there when we go on, so it really makes you want to go and make it worth it for them."

Hamilton says the band have been working hard on the Donington package to get it ready for its fall release. "We decided to get a really great director, Dick Carruthers, who's done a lot of amazing rock documentaries," explains the bassist, "and get a bunch of extra cameras and do a really nice film of the show. We've been working really hard on it, taking part in the mixing and the sequencing and the graphics - every aspect of putting this thing together. We're really proud of it and hopefully people will love it when they see it." Check out the trailer and a performance clip from the DVD here.

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Armored Saint Announce American Tour Dates With Saxon

Armored Saint has announced that they will once again be hitting the road with Saxon this fall where they will be supporting the NWOBHM icons on an American tour.

The U.S. Saxon and Armored Saint tour is scheduled to kick off on August 20th in San Diego, Ca at Brick By Brick and conclude on September 20th in St Charles, IL at the Arcada Theater. Saxon also has a number of dates with Motorhead this summer.

Joey Vera had this to say about the tour, "We had such a great time playing these dates with Saxon last May, and now they've asked us to join them again in September? We're In! It's an honor sharing the stage with Saxon and we're super glad we get to bring this great package to other parts of the country. See you all soon."

Frontman John Bush adds, "What can we say? The first six shows with Saxon were so good, we added more! We're playing cities in the midwest that we haven't played in years: Cleveland, Detroit, D.C. among others. Plus, San Diego! It's been awhile, thanks for your patience! The guys in Saxon are extremely cool. We look forward to kicking ass throughout America with them. Let's do this. Win Hands Down!!!"

Armored Saint will also be playing a one-off show at Count's Vamp'd Rock Bar and Grill in Las Vegas on July 11th. It will be the veteran band's only U.S. headlining show this year. See the dates here.

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Blues Legend Robert Johnson's Son Claud Dead At 83

(The Blues Claud Johnson, son of legendary early blues singer Robert Johnson, has died at the age of 83. His father passed away penniless at the age of 27 in 1938, leaving no will. And for most of his life, his son was little better off, says a report in the Washington Times.

But the steadily growing reputation of his father generated millions of dollars for his estate, leading Claud Johnson -in 2006 with his son Michael - to try and reclaim some of his heritage.

A court declared him sole heir in 1998, making him a rich man. Other relatives challenged the ruling but the case finally ended at the Mississippi Supreme Court last year, which again found in Johnson's favor. Read more here.

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W.A.S.P. Cancel South American Tour Dates

W.A.S.P. announced that they have been forced to cancel their previously announced summer tour dates in South America due to visa issues and problems with a promoter.

The band was scheduled to perform a series of South American dates including Bogota, Colombia on July 25th, Buenos Aires, Argentina on July 29th and Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 1st.

The band released the following statement about the cancelations, "W.A.S.P. are sorry to announce that we have been forced to cancel our planned performances in South America due to lack of communication and payments by the shows promoter in Brazil, which prohibit us from getting our necessary visas for the performances.

"Due to the visa problems, we will not be able to play Colombia either. We have done everything possible to play for our fans in Brazil, Argentina and Colombia but unfortunately we now cannot. We will again try in the near future when our record titled Golgotha is released."

The band is still planning to head to Europe next week to kick off appearances as a number of leading summer music festivals in Germany, Finland, Sweden and Spain.

They will return to Europe in September for a U.K tour following a number of dates across Sweden. You can see the announced dates here.

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Testament Making Progress On New Album

(Classic Rock) Testament vocalist Chuck Billy updated Full Metal Jackie on the progress for the follow-up to 2012's Dark Roots Of Earth, which he recently stated would mostly be written on the road.

Last year Billy hinted that the album could be out in early 2015 and that they were aiming for a sound similar to that on their 1999 effort The Gathering. But a 2015 release now seems optimistic.

"We're about six tracks into the demos right now, we still have a long way to go. The other guys haven't heard a lot of it, 'cause me and Eric have been doing the demos. So, now that we're all together, we'll start going over the music and try to work on the road a little bit." Billy also discussed Eric Peterson's songwriting. Read about that here.

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Hellyeah Singer Says Slayer Saved His Life

(TeamRock Radio) Hellyeah singer Chad Gray says Slayer were one of the heavy metal bands that saved his life. He discovered Slayer when he was an outcast kid and says he immediately knew everything was going to be fine.

As he looks forward to sharing a stage with Slayer and King Diamond on the Mayhem Festival, he tells California Rock News: "Slayer is one of those bands - heavy metal music kind of saved my life.

"There were so many times when I didn't fit in, as a kid, being a metalhead, and not understanding why. And you hear heavy metal, and you're, like, 'Oh, I'm just hanging out with the wrong people.'

"Slayer is one of those bands that I just gravitated toward. When I was really young, Show No Mercy, Haunting The Chapel, Reign In Blood, South Of Heaven those records changed my life.

"Standing at the record store door the day that those record came out. You run in, go out with your friends, you go out in the car, you put it in, you listen to it top to bottom. And you play it again, and you drive home to it." Watch the full interview and check out the upcoming tour dates here.

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Solstice Guitarist Andy Glass's Son Competing On Guitar Star TV Show

(Classic Rock) The son of Solstice guitarist Andy Glass has made it through to the next stage of Sky Arts talent show Guitar Star. Alfie Glass blew the judges away with his performance at the London auditions this month and made it through the final of the Rock Heat - to be aired on Sky Arts on July 14 - where he'll be mentored by Black Sabbath icon Tony Iommi.

The 13-year-old - who was only 12 when the audition was filmed - will spend a day with Iommi before a live performance at London's 100 Club, where the Rock Heat winner will be crowned.

Proud dad Andy says: "Alfie was up against some really talented technical guitarists but I think the thing that makes him stand out is his charisma and communication with the audience. He just believes he will get them onside - and he does.

"He is dyslexic and art and music is what he really loves. His goal is certainly to become a progressively better musician and to play in bigger and better places with his band Skinny Lizard.

"He's so young, but he's very old school and loves classic rock. Tony Iommi is his hero. He is thrilled that he'll be mentored by Tony and that he'll get to play at the legendary 100 Club." Read more here.

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Raven Announce North American Tour Dates

UK metal veterans Raven will be returning to North America late this summer to launch a short tour that will include stops in various cities in the U.S. and Canada.

The brief tour is scheduled to kick off on August 27th in Baltimore, MD at Club Orpheus and will be concluding on September 9th in Vienna, VA at Jammin Java.

They are launching the trek in support of their latest album "ExtermiNation" and will playing shows in Brooklyn, Kenilworth (NJ), Buffalo, Rochester, Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, Lakewood (OH), Pittsburgh, Dayton and Atlanta. See all of the dates here.

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Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi Launches Limited-Edition Guitar

(hennemusic) Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath has officially launched a limited-edition signature guitar with instrument maker Epiphone. The new Ltd. Ed. Tony Iommi Signature SG Custom was designed by the guitarist.

"This guitar sounds like I want it to sound on stage," says Iommi. "I play it at home in the studio as well. It uses my signature pickups, which we worked on for quite a while over the years. It's got a great fretboard with a really nice feel. And, it's just a really classy looking guitar."

The classic-styled SG body is made from Mahogany and the model features a 24-fret Ebony fingerboard - with pearloid "Cross" inlays designed by Iommi - and an Ebony gloss color finish.

The back of the headstock presents Iommi's signature reproduced in silver silkscreen as well as an Epiphone Limited Edition logo in gold. Watch the official interview and promo video here.

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Mythra Releasing First New Music In Over 30 Years

(Classic Rock) Mythra will release their first new material for more than 30 years as part of an upcoming compilation package. The NWOBHM outfit announced their reunion earlier this year for a performance at Brofest in their hometown of Newcastle in the North East of England. And they have now confirmed that Skol Records will issue Warriors Of Time: The Anthology on November 30.

As well as all of the band's early tracks from the late 70s and early 80s, the record will include a number of new songs. Mythra won critical acclaim for their debut EP, Death And Destiny, released in 1979. Death And Destiny was later expanded into a full album, which was shelved before it was released. A version of the album was eventually issued without the band's knowledge or consent on CD in 1998 and vinyl in 2013.

Vocalist Vince High tells TeamRock: "This is an important release in the history of the band for several reasons, not least of which is the fact that the previous CD release back in 1998 was done without any input from the band whatsoever.

"This was very frustrating because the company concerned even got some of the song titles wrong. We didn't even know it had been released until after it came out. It's also now long out of print and fans are having to pay silly money for copies bought on the net." Read more here.

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Kerry King Wants To Like Ghost's Music But Can't

(Classic Rock) Slayer's Kerry King says he "hates" the music made by Swedish metal outfit Ghost. The guitarist admits that while he loves the mysterious band's imagery, he can't stand their sound. King doesn't hold back on giving his opinion on Ghost's work, despite Slayer and Papa Emeritus III's crew sharing the same management company - The Rick Sales Entertainment Group.

He tells Artisan News: "I love the imagery, I just hate the f***ing music. I like them, they've been on many tours with us. I just - I can't. And I tried. I wanna like 'em, and I can't.

"I got their CD from Brian Slagel from Metal Blade. It was when Gary Holt first started playing with us, and I picked up Gary. And I'm, like, 'Brian said this is awesome, man.' So we put it on, going to practice. It wasn't awesome. It wasn't awesome for me.

"I'm, like, 'Well, maybe the first song sucks.' And we went to the next one. It's just not for me." Read more here.

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Abigail Williams Announce Summer Tour Dates

Abigail Williams have announced that they are finishing up work on their new album and will be celebrating by launching a short summer tour that includes visits various markets in the Western U.S. Canada.

The tour will be kicking off on July 11th in Grants Pass OR at Fruitdale Grange and they will be concluding the trek on July 27th in Seattle WA at Studio Steven.

Singer and guitarist Ken Sorceron had this to say about the outing, "After a year off from touring and working on our new record, we are looking forward to getting in the van again. We will be playing lots of new material from the upcoming release as well as our favorites from the past."

He also had this to say about the new music the group has been working on, "Musically this album is very diverse. The overall vibe is way more negative compared to our last album. Artistically this is the best line-up I've had the pleasure to work with over the years." See the tour dates here.

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Joe Satriani Launches 'Shockwave Supernova' Web Series

(hennemusic) Joe Satriani is debuting a web series called "Behind The Album", giving fans a behind the scenes look at the making of his forthcoming release, "Shockwave Supernova."

Due July 24, the guitarist co-produced his 15th album with John Cuniberti and recorded the project late last year at Skywalker Sound in Lucas Valley, CA, with keyboardist and guitarist Mike Keneally, drummer Marco Minnemann and bassist Bryan Beller.

All of the band members are featured in the "Behind The Album" series, with each discussing their role and the album as a whole. Satriani recently issued "On Peregrine Wings" as the lead track from the record, which he named after his alter ago, one that he steps into for live performances. Check out the first two episodes here.

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Buried In Verona Announce Album, Release New Video

(TeamRock Radio) Buried In Verona will release their fifth album next month. The Australian metalcore outfit will issue Vultures Above, Lions Below on August 7 via UNFD.

After years of turmoil and lineup changes, the band say they are stronger than ever ahead of the album launch. As well as revealing the album artwork and tracklist, Buried In Verona have also issued a video for the track Can't Be Unsaid.

Vocalist Brett Anderson remains the only original member of the band. He's joined by guitarists Richie Newman and Mick Harris, bassist Brandon Martel and drummer James Swanson.

Newman says: "This whole album is the album we have always wanted to write. It's the most honest representation of who we are as people. We've been through hell and back in a lot of aspects of our lives, and this is the end result." Watch the new video, see the artwork and tracklisting here.

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Dolomite Minor Release 'Girl Of Gold' EP

(Classic Rock) Dolomite Minor have released their debut EP titled Girl Of Gold. It features four songs including their previous singles Talk Like An Aztec and When I'm Dead - one of Classic Rock's tracks of the week in February. It's available to purchase via iTunes, while a vinyl pressing will be issued on July 31.

Vocalist and guitarist Joe Grimshaw and drummer Max Palmier have been on the road throughout the year, including a support slot with Eagles Of Death Metal and an appearance at last month's Download.

But with their sound evolving, the pair are now on the lookout for a third member. They say: "We've been busy over the past few months working away in the studio and naturally some new sounds have crept onto the recordings. The tracks are very nearly ready but in order to be able to add them to our live set we'd ideally need a third set of hands." Read more and check out the video for the title track here.

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Samantha Fish Previews New Song 'Place To Fall'

(The Blues Samantha Fish has released a 40-second teaser of her track Place To Fall from her upcoming album Wild Heart. Her third studio recording will be released on July 10 via Ruf Records.

It was produced by North Mississippi Allstars singer and guitarist Luther Dickinson, who also guests on the album. And Fish reveals it was an honor to record with the musician as it was his band that got her into the genre in the first place.

She tells her record label: "That's my favorite kind of blues music - that's the kind of blues that got me into this whole genre. I love other types of music but when I first heard that really heavy guitar-driven groove I fell in love with it."

The follow-up to 2013's Black Wind Howlin' sees Fish collaborate with songwriter Jim McCormick on five of the tracks, while guitar player Lightnin Malcolm and drummer Brady Blade also make guest appearances. Read more and check out the song preview and album trailer here.

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Enchant Announce First European Tour In A Decade

(Prog) Enchant will perform a pair of UK concerts as part of their first European tour in 10 years. October dates in London and Bilston are part of a two-week, 11-show trek that begins on October 4 at the ProgPower Europe festival in Baarlo, Netherlands.

The double-headlining tour with Hasse Froberg & Musical Companion is in support of 2014's The Great Divide, Enchant's comeback album following a 10-year hiatus.

Guitarist Doug Ott says: "We are super excited to be headed back to Europe to play for our fans. It's been way too long and we're looking forward to being back on the road performing again, playing old favorites and a bunch of new material from The Great Divide.

"We are doing a double headlining tour with Hasse Froberg & Musical Companion, which will be a great overall evening of killer progressive music every night." Read more and see the tour dates here.

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