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‘Two Minutes To Midnight: A Millenium Tribute To Iron Maiden’ due July 10th

by on May.31, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS

‘Two Minutes To Midnight: A Millenium Tribute To Iron Maiden’ due July 10th

'Two Minutes To Midnight: A Millennium Tribute To Iron Maiden', a two-CD set is due out on July 10 and features singer Tim “Ripper” Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, Judas Priest, Iced Earth), former Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno, Chris Poland (Megadeth), Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper), Derrick LeFevre (Lillian Axe) and many more.

Full Track listing:
•Tim 'Ripper' Owens/Neil Zaza/Richard Kendrick - Aces High
•React - Be Quick or Be Dead
•Martian Honey - Wasted Years
•Leaving Eden - The Trooper
•Derrick LeFevre and Chris Poland - Run in the Hills
•American Hellbilly - Two Minutes to Midnight
•Dark the Sky - Iron Maiden
•Skyscreamers featuring Tattoo Frank - Wrathchild
•Antiquus - Invaders
•Satans Host - 22 Acacia Avenue
•Agents of Exile - Remember Tomorrow
•Noise Disorder - Losfer Words
•Threat Level - Die with Your Boots On
•Al Solo - Fear the Dark
•Dawn of the Final Day - Murders in the Rue Morgue
•Waterlife Music - Hallowed be Thy Name, Batteries for Everything!

•Keri Kelli & Chris Neufeld of Downshifter - Number of the Beast
•Richard Kendrick - The Whicker Man
•Electric Sister - Killers
•Fierce Atmospheres - Children of the Damned
•Sonema - Only the Good Die Young
•bugBRAIN - Rime of the Ancient Mariner
•Power Quest - Somewhere in Time
•Paul DiAnno - Running Free
•This Time Down - The Prisoner
•The Curse of Sorrow - Can I Play with Madness?
•Ronnie Monroe - Still Life
•The Furnace - Man on the Edge
•Devil May Cry - Rain Maker
•Dimenssion - The Trooper II
•Hachiman - The Evil that Men Do
•Ravage - The Clarevoyant

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Grim Reaper are back! Like it or not!

by on Jul.22, 2011, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Grim Reaper are back! Like it or not!

Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper is putting the finishing touches on a new live album that was recorded around Europe in 2010 and 2011. It will feature songs from the classic releases "See You In Hell" and "Fear No Evil" as well as other songs from the NWOBHM legends. A late 2011 release is expected.

In other news, Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper was recently added to's roster alongside such legends as Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO, MSG), Paul Di'Anno (Iron Maiden, Battlezone), Lizzy Borden and many others. Grimmett will tour the U.S. coast to coast in March/April 2012, marking the first time Steve will have played a full Grim Reaper set on U.S. soil in 25 years. The trek is tentatively scheduled to include 18 shows, with full details to be released in the near future., Batteries for Everything!

Commented Steve: "I'm looking forward to getting out there as are my band members. It's been 25 years since I toured out there last. Maybe I'll get to see a few familiar faces! The live album is sounding great. Can't wait to get it released."

"Rock You To Hell" from November 2010:

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The original:

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Michael Schenker covers Rush, Iron Maiden, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath and more on “By Invitation Only”

by on May.21, 2011, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS

Michael Schenker covers Rush, Iron Maiden, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath and more on “By Invitation Only”

Michael Schenker's new covers album called "By Invitation Only" will be released by Store For Music on June 3rd. It has a variety of rock covers with various vocalists and musicians and Iron Maiden cover 'Run To The Hills' with Robin McAuley originally taken from the Iron Maiden Tribute: Numbers From The Beast.

It's great to have an album of  material from Michael Schenker, even if it is an album of covers. We're looking forward to a clean and sober Schenker rocking again!
"By Invitation Only" tracklisting:

'Run To The Hills' (Iron Maiden)
Vocals: Robin McAuley, Rhythm Guitar: Pete Fletcher (Pygmy Love Circus), Bass: Tony Franklin (ex-The Firm, Blue Murder), Drums: Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Billy Idol)

'Save Yourself' (McAuley Schenker Group)
with: Robin McAuley

'Finding My Way' (Rush)
with: Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row)

'All Shook Up' (Elvis Presley)
Vocals: Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Deep Purple, Rainbow), Bass: Jeff Pilson (ex-Dokken, Dio, Foreigner), Drums: Aynsley Dunbar (ex-Whitesnake, UFO, Journey)

'Blood of the Sun' (Mountain)
Vocals: Leslie West (Mountain), Bass: Rudy Sarzo (Blue Öyster Cult, ex-Dio, Quiet Riot), Drums: Simon Wright (Dio, ex-AC/DC)

'Doctor Doctor' (UFO)
Vocals: Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen), Bass: Marco Mendoza (Soul Sirkus, Whitesnake), Drums: Brett Chassen (Bret Michaels Band), Batteries for Everything!

'War Pigs' (Black Sabbath)
Vocals: Tim "Ripper" Owens (Dio's Disciples, Yngwie Malmsteen, Beyond Fear, ex-Judas Priest, Iced Earth), Drums: Aynsley Dunbar (ex-Journey, Whitesnake, UFO), Bass: Mike Inez (ex-Ozzy Osbourne, Alice In Chains)

'I'm Not Talking' (Mose Allison)
Vocals: Mark Slaughter (Slaughter), Drums: Aynsley Dunbar, Bass: Jeff Pilson

'Money' (Pink Floyd)
Vocals: Tommy Shaw (Styx), Sax: Edgar Winter, Bass: Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel), Drums: Mike Baird (Journey)

'Out In The Fields' (Gary Moore)
Vocals: Gary Barden (MSG), Bass: Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, ex-Alice Cooper), Drums: Brett Chassen

'Hair of the Dog' (Nazareth)
Vocals: Paul Di'Anno (ex-Iron Maiden), Bass: Phil Soussan (ex-Ozzy Osbourne), Drums; Vinny Appice (ex-Black Sabbath, Dio)

'I Don't Live Today' (Jimi Hendrix)
Vocals: Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), Drums: Eric Singer (KISS), Bass: Tony Franklin (ex-The Firm, Blue Murder)

'Politician' (Cream)
Vocals/Bass: Jeff Pilson (ex-Dokken, Dio), Drums: Brett Chassen

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Ex-Iron Maiden singer Paul DiAnno jailed for falsely collecting government benefits in the U.K.

by on Mar.13, 2011, under ROCK NEWS

Ex-Iron Maiden singer Paul DiAnno jailed for falsely collecting government benefits in the U.K.

Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno (real name: Paul Andrews) was jailed on Friday (March 11) after he falsely collected U.K. government benefits by claiming he suffered nerve damage to his back that prevented him from working.

Di'Anno, 52, was sentenced to nine months for swindling £45,000 (approximately $72,000) in benefits. He was told he would serve at least four and a half months of the sentence behind bars before being released on conditional bail.

Jane Miller QC (Queen's Coucil), at the sentencing at Salisbury Crown Court, said Di'Anno's public image had nothing to do with the case and he would be treated like anybody else. She said, "Your public persona is not relevant. Your greed has cost this country a lot of money. The claims were for a long time and for a large cost. It must be a custodial sentence. In 2002 you started claiming benefits when it was quite clear you were already working. It took many years to track you down, in 2007 you performed at 69 venues, in 2006 you performed 67 times. I do not accept you only got expenses. I give you credit for your guilty pleas and reduce the sentence from the guideline 12 months to that of nine months.", Batteries for Everything!

D'Anno was reportedly busted when investigators at Department Of Work And Pensions (DWP) received an anonymous tip that he was still singing. They then found videos and pictures on YouTube and the rocker's own web site of Di'Anno "energetically leaping around on stage, singing to fans around the world." Di'Anno completed his first North American tour in early 2010, 17 years after he was deported following a prison term for guns and drug offenses.

"In 1991 I did a couple of stints in jail for guns and drugs," Di'Anno explained in a 2010 interview. "I was stupid. But after I'd done my stretch they still treated me like a criminal. And I was — but I wasn't that bad. So I didn't feel good about America. The government, not the people. Prison was tough, but I'm tougher. I was nobody's bitch, put it that way. You've got to do it; otherwise people will walk all over you."

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Iron Maiden news: New “In The Studio” book out in May, former singer Paul DiAnno sentenced for fraud March 11th

by on Feb.27, 2011, under PHOTOS, ROCK NEWS

Iron Maiden news: New “In The Studio” book out in May, former singer Paul DiAnno sentenced for fraud March 11th

This May, U.K.-based John Blake Publishing will release "Iron Maiden: In The Studio" by music biographer Jake Brown (Motorhead, Heart, Rick Rubin, Tracii Guns).

It will span the band's entire 30-year catalog, the writing and recording of such classic albums as "The Number of the Beast", "Piece of Mind", "Brave New World" and "The Final Frontier", and hits as "2 Minutes to Midnight", "Wasted Years", "Can I Play With Madness?", "Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter", "The Wicker Man", "The Trooper", "Run To The Hills", "Powerslave" and "Hallowed Be Thy Name", among countless others.

The book is available now for pre-order at, Batteries for Everything!

Original Iron Maiden frontman Paul DiAnno is facing time behind bars after pleading guilty to benefit fraud. The rocker, who left the band in 1981, claimed incapacity benefit in his native England from 2002 after telling authorities he was unable to work because of nerve damage in his back. DiAnno, real name Paul Andrews, was investigated after an anonymous tip-off revealed he was still performing on stage. At Salisbury Crown Court on Thursday he admitted eight counts of benefit fraud and fraudulently claiming more than $67,500.

Honorary Recorder Judge Andrew Barnett, who presided over the hearing, told Andrews, "You have got the sense and courage to plead guilty to these matters, but you have to understand that they are very serious. Although all sentence options will be open, you should prepare yourself for a prison sentence - and an immediate one at that." He will be sentenced on March 11.

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