IRON MAIDEN and Robinsons Brewery have announced two new beers in the award-winning Trooperrange; Fear Of The Dark, a 4.5% ABV English Stout, and Trooper IPA, a 4.3% ABV India Pale Ale. Both beers will be available to pre-order directly through the Robinsons Brewery web site, with Amazon orders opening shortly after. Further details on availability will follow.

The beers, which have been once again developed by IRON MAIDEN frontman and real ale enthusiast Bruce Dickinson and Robinsons‘ head brewer Martyn Weeks, are the seventh and eighth beers in the award-winning Trooper family. They represent the first IPA and Stout in the range, which has sold over 25 million pints worldwide since Trooper was first launched in 2013.

Weeks said: “Trooper is close to seven years old and has exceeded all expectations for us as a brewery. These two new brews join an extensive lineup of beers that we have created in our collaboration with Bruce Dickinsonand IRON MAIDEN. These are two new styles that we are proud to champion.”

Trooper IPA was inspired by American IPAs sampled by Bruce at the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver in 2019, where he was keynote speaker.

ickinson commented: “I’ve sampled so many different styles of beer around the world on my travels with MAIDEN and it’s hard to ignore how big IPA has become, and what an exciting style it can be. I’m a huge fan of both IPA and Stout and they were the gaping holes in the Trooper range. I’ve lost count of the number of people who have asked us to do a Fear Of The Dark Stout over the last few years!”

“An IPA is something we’ve always wanted to do with Trooper but had to wait until the timing and recipe were right,” added Martyn. “We are extremely proud of this brew which marries together familiar American hoppy flavours with a fundamentally British backbone.”

Along with Trooper IPATrooper Fear Of The Darkhas been created, providing the first stout of the Trooperrange.

Trooper brand manager Sam Kennerley said: “Fear Of The Dark is something fans have been begging for since Trooper was first released and we’re proud to finally be rewarding their loyalty. Trooper Red ‘N’ Black porter was one of our most popular releases so we knew there was a demand for new darker beers and we are glad to be finally releasing a sessionable stout for all our fans to enjoy.”

Rather than simply referencing the art of IRON MAIDEN‘s 1992 album of the same name, the Fear Of The Dark label shows ever-present band mascot Eddiepaying tribute to Dickinson‘s onstage appearance when he performs the fan favorite on the current “Legacy Of The Beast” world tour.

Closing, Martyn said: “These two new brews represent the next steps in the evolution of the Trooper beer collection. We can’t wait for fans old and new to try them!”.

Trooper Fear Of The Dark and Trooper IPA are now available to preorder. They will both be available on Amazon.co.uk in the near future.

IRON MAIDEN Announces Two New Beers In TROOPER Range

According to various online retailers, the new DEEP PURPLE album will be titled “Whoosh!” and will be released on June 12 via earMUSIC. The legendary rockers’ 21st studio LP was once again helmed by Canadian producer Bob Ezrin (KISSPINK FLOYDALICE COOPER), who also worked on DEEP PURPLE‘s last two studio albums, 2017’s “Infinite” and 2013’s “Now What?!”

DEEP PURPLE will promote “Whoosh!”‘s release by embarking on a five-date U.K. tour in October with special guests BLUE ÖYSTER CULT.

Last fall, DEEP PURPLE bassist Roger Glover told the Chicago Sun-Times that he and his bandmates planned to keep recording new music.

“We’ve been working a bit,” he revealed. “There’s a few things around, we don’t know yet what’s, where, or when, but we’ve not stopped yet.

“There’s a danger, of course, if you’ve become successful, that people want you to do the same thing and be successful all over again and keep going, but it doesn’t work that way,” he added. “You can’t just simply repeat yourself.”

Having released six albums since 1996, Glover said everyone in PURPLE has been committed to keeping things fresh.

“I think that there was almost an unspoken desire to move forward, to not repeat ourselves,” he explained. “Of course, the players are the same, so the sounds can be the same in all the style or something like that. But as far as writing songs are concerned, I think most bands don’t get the songs right. They talk about performance and hooks and stuff like that, but to me writing a song is much more than that. And we’ve always tried to write different songs. The danger is, of course, you become a parody of yourself if you try and copy yourself. And so, we’ve always tried to move on and change. It’s a challenge.”

DEEP PURPLE — which had been eligible for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for two decades — finally entered the Rock Hall as part of the class of 2016. The band’s first three lineups were inducted, including drummer Ian Paice, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, late keyboardist Jon Lord, and various singers and bassists — Rod Evans; Ian Gillan and Glover; and David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes.

DEEP PURPLE To Release New Album, ‘Whoosh!’, In June

DANZIG has announced several European live dates for this summer. The eight-date trek will kick off at the Fezen festival in Hungary and will include an appearance at Germany’s M’era Luna festival. There will also be headlining shows in Norway, Denmark and Switzerland.

Tour dates:

Jul. 31 – Szekesfehervar, Hungary – Fezen 
Aug. 01 – Munich, Germany – Circus Krone 
Aug. 02 – Zurich, Switzerland – Volkshaus 
Aug. 04 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio 
Aug. 05 – Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene 
Aug. 07 – Köln, Germany – E-Werk 
Aug. 08 – Hildesheim, Germany – M’era Luna 
Aug. 09 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schachthof

As previously reported, Glenn Danzig‘s long-awaited collection of Elvis Presley covers, appropriately titled “Danzig Sings Elvis”, is scheduled for an April 17 release. Tracks set to appear on the effort include “Is It So Strange”, “Loving Arms” and “One Night”.

o live shows in support of “Danzig Sings Elvis” will be announced later this month for Los Angeles and San Francisco. Set to take place in late April, these will be small, intimate seated performances as Glenn wants to try to capture an old Las Vegas night club atmosphere.

Danzig previously covered Presley‘s “Trouble” on his eponymous band’s “Thrall-Demonsweatlive” EP in 1993. He also recorded a version of “Let Yourself Go”for 2015’s “Skeletons”.

DANZIG was formed in 1987 after Glenn‘s involvement with horror-punks the MISFITS and gothic hard rockers SAMHAIN.

DANZIG‘s latest album, “Black Laden Crown”, came out in May 2017 via Evilive Records/Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

DANZIG Announces Summer 2020 European Tour Dates

Cristina Scabbia of Italian heavy rockers LACUNA COIL says that she and her bandmates are “doing well” and are continuing to live their lives despite the fact that their country has reported the most deaths from the new coronavirus outside of China, where the virus emerged in December.

On Thursday, Scabbia took to her Instagram to write: “I am getting lots of concerned messages about our health and I feel blessed knowing we are so loved.

“I really, really want to take a minute to THANK YOU all.

“Despite news spreading fear (sometimes panic) around the world , Italy has not become like in Resident Eviland not ‘every single italian is close to death’ as some articles want you to believe, even if of course we are very active and attentive in preventing any case without hiding our heads under the sand.

We, in the band, are doing well and we keep on living our lives, knowing that even if coronavirus does NOT automatically = death, it is still important to protect whoever is more exposed or is more frail against viruses (especially elders with pathologies and anyone with preconditions) and to prevent any kind of spreading for the world’s good.

“I am confident that the moment will pass for us all soon, and I have faith in our health system that WANTS to search for ill people IN ORDER TO HELP AND CURE , being very transparent and not hiding results for the rest of the world, because in case you didn’t notice, the whole world is involved and we didn’t create this virus, we are fighting it.

“We love you all, see you around the world (hopefully) soon, in the meantime, I will keep on enjoying my beautiful country I love so much and its amazing (and healthy) food”

Earlier in the week, LACUNA COIL canceled its previously scheduled shows in Australia and Southeast Asia due to mounting concerns of the coronavirus.

Nearly 200 people in Italy have died from the coronavirus, including 49 during the most recent 24-hour period. More than 4,600 cases have been reported in total.

The bulk of the cases are in the northern region of Lombardy, whose capital is Milan, which is where LACUNA COIL is based.

In Italy, which has one of the world’s oldest populations, 4.25% of individuals confirmed to have the coronavirus have died, the highest rate on the planet.

Around 100,000 people worldwide have contracted the coronavirus and more than 3,000 people have died — the majority in China.

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I am getting lots of concerned messages about our health and I feel blessed knowing we are so loved. I really, really want to take a minute to THANK YOU all. Despite news spreading fear (sometimes panic) around the world , Italy has not become like in Resident Evil and not “every single italian is close to death” as some articles want you to believe, even if of course we are very active and attentive in preventing any case without hiding our heads under the sand. We, in the band, are doing well and we keep on living our lives, knowing that even if coronavirus does NOT automatically = death, it is still important to protect whoever is more exposed or is more frail against viruses (especially elders with pathologies and anyone with preconditions) and to prevent any kind of spreading for the world’s good. I am confident that the moment will pass for us all soon, and I have faith in our health system that WANTS to search for ill people IN ORDER TO HELP AND CURE , being very transparent and not hiding results for the rest of the world, because in case you didn’t notice, the whole world is involved and we didn’t create this virus, we are fighting it. We love you all, see you around the world (hopefully) soon, in the meantime, I will keep on enjoying my beautiful country I love so much and its amazing (and healthy) food 💪🏻🇮🇹

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Italy Didn’t Create The Corona Virus, We Are Fighting It

IGGY POP Releases Music Video For ‘We Are The People’

Iggy Pop has unveiled a striking and spare new video for “We Are The People” from his critically lauded album “Free” (Loma Vista Recordings). In the wake of last week’s live rendition of the song by Iggy accompanied by Laurie Anderson at Carnegie Hall, the “We Are The People” clip imbues Iggy‘s interpretation of a poem written by Lou Reed in 1970 with a riveting new visual dimension. From the opening lines “We are the people without land. We are the people without tradition. We are the people who do not know how to die peacefully and at ease” to the song’s slow fade, the effect of Iggy‘s close-up recitation is transfixing.

On Saturday, March 7 at Perrotin in New York City, Iggywill release a limited, numbered vinyl “test pressing” release of “Free”, featuring cover art and creative collaboration with Maurizio CattelanIggy Pop and Maurizio Cattelan will sign copies of this special “test pressing” vinyl which has been made available in 340 numbered units worldwide, including a bonus seven-inch single featuring two unreleased tracks exclusive to this special artistic collaboration: Iggy‘s a cappella rendition of “Brahms Lullaby” and “Epistle to Tromba”, a heartfelt ode to a late canine companion. Each copy of this numbered edition of 340 will be enclosed in a resealable Japanese polybag. Concurrently, Perrotin is excited to present books and merchandise spanning Maurizio Cattelan‘s career, as well as a series of historic fine art prints of Iggy Pop, courtesy of the Morrison Gallery.

The limited-edition version of “Free” is available for purchase commencing at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, while the signing will begin at 1 p.m. Perrotin is located at 130 Orchard Street in New York.

“Free” was originally released September 13, 2019 by Loma Vista Recordings. Featuring collaborators Leron Thomas (trumpet/keys/songwriting) and Noveller(guitar/vocals), the album holds a singular place in Iggy‘s canon — and has generated suitably unique praise: The New York Times called the title track “atmospheric and elusive” and praised the song “Sonali”as “a rushing, fluttering, quasi-waltz that hurries toward an undisclosed destination, whimsical but driven.” Rolling Stone regaled Iggy‘s performance on the new record, “Pop flexes his baritone, expressing himself more clearly than perhaps ever before.” And The Washington Post noted “Iggy haunts these new songs like a dignified spirit — which might make ‘Free’ an exposition on death, or transcendence, or both.”

More than 100,000 people took part in a tribute to legendary AC/DC singer Bon Scott on March 1 in Australia.

“Highway To Hell” took place on the 40th anniversary since Scott was laid to rest at Fremantle Cemetery.

Perth’s Canning Highway was closed to all vehicles except eight trucks that hosted eight different bands all singing their own version of AC/DC songs to commemorate Scott‘s passing.

Artistic director of the Perth Festival Ian Grandich said AC/DC had a special place in the heart of Perth and Fremantle.

“I know this highway like the back of my hand, and I knew the stories about AC/DC playing at the Raffles, and Bon drinking at the Leopold Hotel,” he said.

A diverse selection of bands, including Finnish bluegrass outfit STEVE ‘N’ SEAGULLS, Japanese rock trio SHONEN KNIFEAMYL AND THE SNIFFERSTHE PIGRAM BROTHERSTHE WA POLICE PIPE BANDand the PERTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA are among those who gave Scott the epic tribute he deserves.

Scott was invited to join AC/DC by Glasgow-born brothers and founding members Malcolm and Angus Young in 1974, and achieved international stardom before his death at the age of 33 in 1980 from alcohol poisoning.

He sang on AC/DC‘s first six studio albums, including “High Voltage”“Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”“Let There Be Rock” and “Highway To Hell”.

AC/DC guitarist Angus Young told The Pulse Of Radioa while back that the band almost didn’t get past Scott‘s death. “Bon was the big… He was a full-on frontman, plus he had this great character, you know. I mean, he just lived that rock ‘n’ roll life. With Bon, what you saw was what you got, and, yeah, it

AC/DC Tribute Concert ‘Highway To Hell’ Draws Huge Crowd (Video)

Wendy Dio, wife and longtime manager of Ronnie James Dio, has confirmed that there are “a lot of unfinished songs” from the legendary heavy metal singer that may eventually see the light of day.

Ronnie James Dio, best known for his work with BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW and DIO, died of stomach cancer 10 years ago at the age of 67.

During a brand new interview with Australia’s Heavy, Wendy was asked if she ever comes across any unreleased Dio material in the vaults that she previously thought was lost or that she was able to rediscover. She responded (hear audio below): “Oh, yeah. I find it all the time. Every time I go over to the storage — it’s in a climate-controlled storage. It’s all labeled and stuff, but I find stuff all the time. ‘Oh, look at this. This is really good. Oh, yes. This is wonderful.’ And there’s a lot of unfinished songs that in the future we can figure out how we can put them out. But it has to be perfect, it has to be the way Ronnie would want it. I don’t wanna flood the market with just a bunch of old crap. I’m very particular about what we find, and then having someone with professional ears, like [Dio‘s longtime recording engineer] Wyn Davis, listen to it to make sure it’s fine before we put anything out.”

As previously reported, Wendy is working with legendary rock journalist Mick Wall on Ronnie‘s long-awaited autobiography, tentatively due in 2021. The book was three-quarters written before the singer’s death and which was originally scheduled to be published several years ago via MTV Books.

lso due in 2021 is a documentary that will cover Dio‘s career from his early days with ELF to his final project, HEAVEN & HELL. It is the first documentary about Dioto be fully authorized by the artist’s estate. BMG is both financier and executive producer of the film, with all rights available worldwide.

Ronnie James Dio passed away of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010 at the age of 67. A few months after his death, MTV Books announced plans to release his memoir, which at the time was going to be called “Rainbow In The Dark: The Autobiography Of Ronnie James Dio”.

Dio was renowned throughout the world as one of the greatest and most influential vocalists in heavy metal history. The singer, who was recording and touring with BLACK SABBATH offshoot HEAVEN & HELL prior to his illness, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in late 2009. He underwent chemotherapy and made what is now his final public appearance in April 2010 at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles.

RONNIE JAMES DIO: ‘A Lot Of Unfinished Songs’ May Eventually See Light Of Day