Day in Rock Report for 11/10/2015

Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe Assaulted By Gang Of Attackers

(TeamRock Radio) Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe says the was the victim of a gang attack in Dublin, Ireland, earlier this week. He lost his glasses and sustained minor injuries when five or six teenagers assaulted him late at night on November 8 (Sunday) - hours before his band launched a tour of the British Isles with Megadeth.

And last night (November 9) he dedicated prison-themed track 512 to his attackers from the stage at the city's 3 Arena, saying: "I hope you get your f***ing heads kicked in."

Photographer Blythe says via Instagram: "I looked saw five or six teenage dudes, 16-18, in hoodies and track pants, spreading out around me. 'Well, crap, I guess it's on,' I thought.

"I started stepping quickly into the street, away from the cul-de-sac where I was - a bad spot to be trapped - trying to keep my eye on them at the same time.

"One kid drew up to my left, getting close, and blam - someone else hit me in the head from behind with something, a stick or whatever. I saw stars for a second."

He was rescued by a taxi driver, who saw the assault taking place and drove his cab at the gang. Read more here.

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Dave Grohl Suffers Stage Mishap During Foo Fighters Concert

(TeamRock Radio) Foo Fighters' recent show in Amsterdam was temporarily disrupted when frontman Dave Grohl became ensnared in a falling stage curtain. The band opened their set in the Netherlands with Everlong - but as the track kicked in and the screen fell, it landed on top of the singer.

It left him and the custom-made throne he's been using because of his broken leg trapped under cover. Grohl continued to play and sing but was forced to call a halt to proceedings while the curtain was slowly removed.

He said to the crowd: "Sometimes it's the f***ed up things that make you remember the show for the rest of your life." The band then started the track from scratch.

The group recently kept their promise to play in Cesena, Italy after 1000 fans staged a mass performance of Learn To Fly to temp the band to their town.

The Foos are currently teasing fans with a countdown clock on their website, which is due to reach zero on November 23. Watch video of the stage mishap here.

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Aerosmith Feel Abandoned By Steven Tyler, Cancel Tour Plans

(Classic Rock) Aerosmith have cancelled most of their 2016 tour plans because frontman Steven Tyler wants to concentrate on his solo career, guitarist Brad Whitford reveals in a new interview.

And he thinks the singer's choice of focus is misguided, adding: "We kind of feel a little bit abandoned by him." Tyler - who launched country music single Love Is Your Name earlier this year - admitted in June that his colleagues were "not happy" about his commitment to solo work. But he added: "This is a side-project that's now turned into a love of life."

Whitford tells Billboard: "He seems to think his solo career is going to go great guns. He doesn't seem to realize, in my opinion, his fans around the globe want to see him in the context of Aerosmith - and don't really care for whatever he thinks he's going to do.

"I don't know if he gets that - but, hey, that's what he wants to do. I can't put a gun to his head. It's just pretty disappointing." Read more here.

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Roy Harper Child Sexual Assault Charges Dropped

(Classic Rock) Roy Harper has been acquitted of all of the remaining sexual assault charges that were hanging over him. The folk icon was acquitted of two charges by a jury earlier this year, but five others remained unresolved - including two counts of indecent assault, two of indecency with a child, and one of having sex with a child.

On Monday at Worcester Crown Court, the charges were all dropped and the 74-year-old has since spoken of his "anger" at having spent his life savings on defending the case.

He tells the Guardian: "This case should never have gone as far as this, or taken so long to resolve. The psychological and personal cost to my wife and myself has been enormous and the financial cost hugely unfair. I lost my livelihood and I spent my savings, and more, on my defense. Despite coming out of this without a blemish on my name, I cannot recoup my costs and that's left me incredibly angry." Read more here.

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SXSW Killer To Spend Rest Of Life In Prison

(Classic Rock) A drunk driver who killed four people at 2014's South By Southwest festival in Texas when he was trying to avoid a police traffic stop has been jailed for life.

Rashad Owens' car plowed into a crowd of SXSW revelers in downtown Austin in March of last year and he was charged with the capital murder of four people. A number of others were injured in the incident.

Prosecutors said he was drunk at the time and his defence team called no witnesses at his week-long trial, Keye TV reports. The verdict means he will automatically spend the rest of his life behind bars. Read more here.

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Stone Sour Set Release Of Straight Outta Burbank EP, Stream Stones Cover

(Classic Rock) Stone Sour have confirmed their next covers EP will be released on Black Friday and they have released a stream of their cover of the Stones' Gimme Shelter featuring Lzzy Hale.

Straight Outta Burbank is the follow-up to this year's Meanwhile In Burbank... set and, according to frontman Corey Taylor, is the second in what will be a trio of Burbank covers releases.

It features versions of songs by Bad Brains, Slayer, Motley Crue, Iron Maiden and the Rolling Stones and is out only on limited edition colored vinyl November 27.

Frontman Corey Taylor says: "The first EP was a little closer together style-wise. This one hits a few different corners. It's got Bad Brains on one end and the Stones on the other, with Crue, Slayer and Maiden in between - and the crazy thing is it all works. I hope people enjoy the spirit, music and fun that went into this."

Guitarist Josh Rand adds: "To stay true to the original recordings of these songs, we tried to recreate the sounds and tones that the original artist used. This was both fun and challenging, but the end result was worth all the hard work everyone put in. I feel that with the diversity of the songs that the band has covered, it will definitely impact us on the next Stone Sour release." Stream the song and check out the tracklisting here.

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Eagles' Don Henley Ejects Fan From Show For Shouting Don Felder

(Radio.com) It's no secret that there's bad blood between former Eagles' member Don Felder and the group, which fired him in 2001. That bad blood rose to the surface once more during one of Henley's solo shows over the weekend (via Ultimate Classic Rock).

While introducing current guitarist Steuart Smith to the Detroit crowd, Henley took offense when a concertgoer sitting front and center shouted Don Felder's name.

"So I called him out," Henley explained about the incident. 'But he wasn't finished. Then, he blurted out, 'Don Felder taught Tom Petty how to play guitar.' I said, 'Okay, that's it, you're outta here,' and I had security escort him out." Read more here.

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Def Leppard Score Top 10 Debut For New Album

(hennemusic) Def Leppard's new, self-titled album has debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard 200 album chart, entering at No. 10 with first-week sales of just over 30,000 units.

Recorded earlier this year at frontman Joe Elliott's studio in Dublin, Ireland, "Def Leppard" marks the group's seventh US top 10 album. The group's 11th record and first new album in 7 years was previewed with the lead single "Let's Go."

Def Leppard begin live dates starting November 9 in Tokyo before playing shows in Australia and Singapore, and a December UK tour with Whitesnake and Black Star Riders.

The band will return to North America in the New Year to perform on a month-long US tour with Styx and Tesla. Check out the "Let's Go" video here.

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Billy Idol Launching Las Vegas Residency Early Next Year

(Radio.com) Billy Idol has announced the details and the dates for his Las Vegas residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay which the veteran rock star will be launching next spring.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, the show titled Billy Idol Forever is set for nearly a dozen dates at the House of Blues kicking on March 16, 2016. The British rocker will also take the stage on March 18, 19, 23, 25, 26 and May 4, 6, 7, 11 and 14. Tickets begin at $79.50 and go on sale at 10 AM Friday via the House of Blues website.

Idol, who turns 60 on Nov. 30, will be joined by legendary guitarist Steve Stevens and is expected to perform a healthy dose of his hits including 'Rebel Yell," 'Dancing With Myself," 'White Wedding" 'Eyes Without a Face" and his popular cover of Tommy James and the Shondells' hit 'Mony Mony." Read more here.

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John Lennon and Kurt Cobain Items Fetch Big Dollars At Auction

(Classic Rock) A guitar owned by late Beatles legend John Lennon has fetched $2.41 m at auction - while Kurt Cobain's iconic MTV Unplugged cardigan sweater sold for $140,800.

The Gibson J-160E acoustic is thought to have been used to write and record Beatles hits including Love Me Do and I Want To Hold Your Hand and was put up for sale at Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles where it was expected to fetch up to $800,000.

It ended up selling for $2.4m. The guitar mysteriously went missing 50 years ago before making its way to San Diego in the US where it was bought for a few hundred dollars by John McCaw. Read more and see the items and the tweets here.

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Dio Vets Last In Line Announce Debut Album

(Classic Rock) Last In Line will release their debut album in February, they've confirmed. The Dio-inspired group will issue Heavy Crown on February 19, 2016, via Frontiers Music Srl.

It was to due to be unveiled earlier this year but was postponed when guitarist Viv Campbell's cancer returned. As well as the Def Leppard guitarist, Last In Line features former Dio men Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, as well as ex Lynch Mob frontman Andrew Freeman.

Campbell previously said the album sounds, in places, like early Dio albums. He said: "I would say 50% of the songs would sound right at home on those first three Dio albums, and the others have a bit more of a modern edge to them." Read more here.

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Blink-182 Announce Special Limited Edition Reissues Of Early Albums

(TeamRock Radio) Blink-182 are making four of their albums available on limited edition cassette. The band's 1997 second album Dude Ranch, 1999's Enema Of The State, 2003's self-titled effort and 2000 live album The Mark, Tom And Travis Show are available for pre-order now in various colors.

The albums have been rendered on cassette using "high quality Dolby Digital audio transfers" and are available from December 8. Only 2500 copies of each cassette will be sold.

Blink-182 split with Tom DeLonge this year and replaced him with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba. They recently revealed they have been working on new music with Skiba. See the promo poster here.

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Avenged Sevenfold's Call Of Duty Score Streaming Online

(TeamRock Radio) Avenged Sevenfold have made a score they wrote for the latest Call Of Duty video game available to stream. The band last week confirmed former Bad Religion member Brooks Wackerman as their new drummer, replacing Arin Ilejay.

A series of instrumental pieces - known collectively as Jade Helm - can be heard in snippets as players make their way through Call Of Duty Black Ops III - and can now be played in order via an online promo video.

A7X say: "Here is the score we did, entitled Jade Helm, for Call Of Duty Black Ops III. You can hear these pieces of music throughout the game. Please enjoy." Check out the video here.

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The Dictators NYC Release First New Song In 15 Years

(TeamRock Radio) The Dictators NYC have released a new single, 'Supply And Demand'. The new track is available digitally and on vinyl and is the band's first new material in 15 years.

guitarist Ross The Boss had the following to say about the band's comeback single, "Supply and Demand is the perfect single at the perfect time for The Dictators NYC.

"The task to come up with our first song after all this time seemed almost impossible - even daunting - but I truly believe we have answered the demand and we have supplied the goods! We're on to bigger and better now!" Stream the song here.

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Metallica Want To Rock As Long As The Rolling Stones Says Kirk

(Classic Rock) Kirk Hammett believes Metallica can keep performing into their 70s. The guitarist says that if the Rolling Stones can do it, there's no reason the thrash icons can't follow suit.

Hammett, 52, tells 103.3 The Edge: "We're all getting up there, but we still have drive, we still have energy, we're still inspired, we still have things that we wanna do. Mentally, emotionally - I think that we're not done yet.

"And if people like Keith Richards and Mick Jagger can do it into their 70s, why can't we? That's my attitude. And on a personal level, I'm a musician. I wanna continue to play and perform and do what I do, which is make music. I don't wanna stop doing this. I don't wanna stop making music. I will always be a working musician, until I can't be anymore." Read more here.

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Flying Colors Streaming New Live Album In Full Online

(Prog) Flying Colors are streaming their upcoming live album in its entirety via Prog. The supergroup issue Second Flight: Live At The Z7 on November 13 and all 15 tracks are streaming online. It was recorded in Pratteln, Switzerland, on the band's 2014 tour.

Bassist Dave LaRue says: "Flying Colors is like no other band to perform with. This tour was all about the joy of playing together, and sharing new songs with fans. Everyone felt something special that night, and I'm so glad we captured it."

The follow-up to Flying Colors' previous concert film Live In Europe will be available on multiple formats, including 4K UltraHD, Blu-ray, DVD, LP + MP3, CD, iTunes, Headphone Surround and Pono. Listen to the stream here.

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Zakk Wylde and Mike Portnoy Lead Tony MacAlpine Benefit Lineup

(Prog) Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai and Mike Portnoy are among a host of stars lined up to perform at a benefit concert for Tony MacAlpine, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer.

The guitarist, 55, postponed tours of Asia and Australia after the cancer was discovered and he later had to pull out of a European trek too. Wylde, Vai and Portnoy will be joined by John 5, Billy Sheehan and Derek Sherinian for the gig, which takes place at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on December 12.

An auction will be held at the event, with guitars donated by Vai, John 5, Paul Gilbert, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Lukather, Steve Stevens and Joe Satriani up for grabs. Read more here.

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Tom Jones Releases Video For 'Elvis Presley Blues'

(The Blues) Tom Jones has released a video for Elvis Presley Blues, his near-solo tribute to his old friend. The promo features the Welshman alone in a room, watching old movie clips of The King, as he delivers a powerful vocal rendition of Gillian Welch track, backed only by a lap-slide drone.

Jones tells NPR: "To me the song is a celebration of Elvis, a celebration of his life. I wanted to show that. I wanted to let people know how much I felt about Elvis - that he did change music.

"I thought, 'If we can capture that it would be a hell of a tribute.'" Jones played London's O2 last night with Van Morrison as part of this year's Prudential Bluesfest. Watch the video here.

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Keith Emerson's Teenage Recordings Released On CD and Digitally

(Glass Onyon) The long lost The Keith Emerson Trio recordings that were made in Keith's parents' living room when he was a teenager have finally been released in CD and download editions.

These recordings come from one of only four acetates ever made. These 7 tracks were previously been made available by Record Collection (in early 2015) as a limited edition vinyl release. This is the first time these recordings have been released on CD and download.

Of the CD and download editions, Keith Emerson said: "Well, we all have to start somewhere! I'm happy that Cherry Red is releasing my very earliest beginnings and I hope it will inspire future generations of musicians."

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Scorpion Child Streaming New Song 'She Sings, I Kill'

(Classic Rock) Scorpion Child have released a lyric video for their track She Sings, I Kill. The song is taken from the band's upcoming second album, due for release in early 2016.

Singer Aryn Jonathan Black says: "Rather than viewing She Sings, I Kill as a first single off of our upcoming album, it serves more as a window into its creation. It offers a mix unique to this release but also previews one direction taken on this next record that we're excited to finally bring into fruition."

The track is available on 7-inch vinyl at the group's November and December live dates. It includes B-side (Enter The) Twilight Coven. Check out the lyric video here.

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Ghost Streaming 'He Is' Lyric Video

(Classic Rock) Ghost have released a lyric video for their track He Is. Although the song comes from their third album, Meliora, which was launched in August, the song's history reportedly goes back sometime.

One of the band's Nameless Ghouls recently told Metal Hammer: "Some people are talking about this song as something of a surprise - but I've never seen it as a wild card, and I've been hearing it for a number of years.

"It was actually written for a different purpose, with a slightly different title, several years ago. The fact that it's been existing in our little circle of friends for quite a while says a lot about the quality of the song. It's never gone away." Check out the lyric video here.

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Chris Cornell Performing On Jimmy Kimmel Live Tonight

(hennemusic) Chris Cornell will perform on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on tonight, November 10. The Soundgarden frontman just completed a North American tour in support of his latest album, "Higher Truth."

It's Cornell's fourth solo project to date, including "Euphoria Morning" (1999), "Carry On" (2007), "Scream" (2009) and the acoustic live album, "Songbook" (2011), from his tour of the same name.

The singer will return to live action for a month-long solo acoustic tour of New Zealand and Australia, with dates starting in Christchurch, NZ on November 20.

Cornell recently announced a 6-week spring 2016 tour of Europe. Watch his latest video here.

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Heart and Joan Jett Teaming Up For Spring Tour

(hennemusic) Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers Heart and Joan Jett have announced that they will be teaming up for Canadian dates on the Queens Of Sheba tour next spring.

The two acts revealed that they will hit the road for a 10-show run that will be kicking off on March 7 in Abbotsford, BC and wrapping up March 21 in Montreal, Quebec.

Presale tickets begin November 10 with general public seats going on sale November 13 at 10 AM local time. Heart's latest studio album is 2012's "Fanatic", while Jett released "Unvarnished" in 2013. See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Armchair Committee's Rawgabbit

Dave Larkin from Armchair Committee tells us about their brand new single "Rawgabbit," which was recorded at the legendary Coach House Studios, Bristol, and produced by Tom Dalgety (Turbowolf / Dinosaur Pile-Up / Royal Blood) . Here is the story:

The song "Rawgabbit" was born out of limitations. Armchair Committee is a three-piece. Every member has to pull their weight, and more, in order for us to put on a good live performance. There's no comfortable pad of keyboards or backing tracks to hide behind. If you drop a drumstick, play a wrong note, or hit an effects pedal at the wrong time, it'll be glaringly obvious. We also record live whenever possible - meaning that if one of you messes up, the Engineer is pressing stop and you're starting again. These limitations create an urgency that can't be replicated.

'Rawgabbit' was written and recorded over the course of a few days in the Summer of 2015. There was a definite timeframe limitation - we wanted to release it by the end of the year to tie together with an album release in 2016. Having already recorded, mixed, and mastered the album, we were aiming to write and record a song that was limited to four minutes, but somehow managed to represent the 48 minutes we'd just recorded.

I play bass and sing backing vocals in Armchair Committee. Tom (Hackwell, Guitar/Vocals) is, by his own admission, more of a lead-player than rhythm. This lack of sonic-congestion allows me room to experiment more than bassists might usually. In the case of 'Rawgabbit' I had quite a specific idea for what I thought the intro should be, and unsurprisingly, it involved my instrument. To fill out the sound in our band, I usually choose to play around with effect pedals and make weird noises that a bass guitar shouldn't, but the best choice that I made during the writing of 'Rawgabbit' was to leave the room and go for a piss.

As I was returning to our live room, I heard Tom begin playing what would later be the intro guitar riff the track. Hearing the drums come in to compliment the guitar - I knew that was it. I knew whatever I was doing before was not as immediate and memorable as the sounds being made in that moment. Despite having such an firm vision for the track at that point, I knew that the limitation of two instruments - guitar and drums, without me contributing at all, was an improvement.

The word "Rawgabbit" was chosen as a working title at first. An archaic Scottish term, the closest we have found to a recognised definition is 'a person who speaks with total self-assurance on a subject or area of which they know absolutely nothing.' Chosen as seemingly unrelated quirky term, it quickly became a phrase that we have used many times to describe the humility required in songwriting. Sometimes everyone can talk with a definite vision of what they think should happen, but quite often it becomes apparent that they do indeed know absolutely nothing.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the group and watch the video for the song right here!

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Coldplay's New Single Was Inspired By Guns N' Roses Hit

(Radio.com) Coldplay frontman Chris Martin reveals in a interview that the group's new single "Adventure Of A Lifetime," was inspired in part by the Guns N' Roses megahit "Sweet Child Of Mine."

The song comes from the group's forthcoming album A Head Full of Dreams, which will be released early next month. Martin spoke to Jeff Regan on SiriusXM (via Radio.com) about the track:

"I'd been begging Jonny our guitarist for years to make a riff that I like as much as 'Sweet Child O' Mine' by Guns N' Roses. Then he showed me that one, and I was like, 'That's it!'

"So those elements all came together, and we just wanted to kind of embrace our love of joyful music and sort of let it free." Read more here.

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Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Guns N' Roses Stars Talk Led Zeppelin IV

(MAR) Led Zeppelin IV is the focus of the latest episode of the Mars Attacks Podcast Classic Albums series and features a wealth of special guests including former and current members of Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Megadeth, The Rods and more.

Leading the lineup are legendary drummers, such as Carmine and Vinny Appice, Carl Canedy of The Rods, Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, and Gene Hoglan.

Other guests include Alan Tecchio of Watchtower, former Megadeth guitarists Glen Drover and Chris Poland, from Holyhell Joe Stump, Josh Christian of Toxik, former Racer X singer Jeff Martin, Broken Teeth lead singer Jason McMaster, Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth, Bob Nalbandian of Inside Metal, metal historian Martin Popoff, and Mitch Lafon.

In addition to the podcast, written comments have been submitted by former Guns N Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, That Metal Show co-host Jim Florentine, journalist Greg Prato, Phil Rind of Sacred Reich, among others. Check it out here.

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Billy Gibbons To Rock TV On Conan Ahead Of Solo Tour

ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons has announced that he will be performing on Conan with his solo band The BFG's on Tuesday, November 17 just ahead of the kick off of his new tour.

Billy Gibbons and The BFG's will be on the late night talk show to perform the song "Treat Her Right," which is the lead track from Gibbons just released solo album "Perfectamundo."

Billy and the band will be kicking off a tour in support of the album on November 27th in Fort Lauderdale, FL at Parker Playhouse and concluding the trek on February 6th in Stroudsburg, PA at the Sherman Theater.

The tour will also include an appearance at the Havana Jazz Festival in Cuba with his itinerary showing performances on December 17th, 18th and 20th. Gibbons had the following to say:

"The repertoire on the album, including 'Treat Her Right,' invites the band to bring it forward live and in person. The prospect of taking it to Cuba in December is especially exciting . . . talk about wish fulfillment." See the tour dates here.

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Sylosis and Decapitated Teaming Up For UK Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Sylosis and Decapitated have announced a co-headlining UK tour for March. The British and Polish outfits will appear together at 10 shows across the country, following Sylosis' opening sets with Megadeth and Lamb Of God this month.

Frontman Josh Middleton says: "We're extremely excited - it's great to finally be playing a full-length set for our very patient UK fans. With this package I think it's really worth the wait. We've been huge Decapitated fans since the time Nihility came out. Just getting to watch them every night is going to be awesome."

Decapitated guitarist Vogg says: "We love to play in the UK. After tours with Lamb of God and Behemoth, it's time to finally play a full set for you guys." See the dates here.

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