Ozzy Osbourne Cancels Remaining Tour Dates; Judas Priest To Still Perform In Auckland

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer, songwriter Ozzy Osbourne today announced the cancellation of his Australian, New Zealand and Japanese tour dates next month. This follows the recent postponement of Ozzy’s entire UK and European ‘NO MORE TOURS 2’ tour due to Doctors orders arising from Osbourne’s recent illness.

“Ozzy recently developed pneumonia and has spent some time in hospital. Thankfully he is now through the worst part,” says Sharon Osbourne. “His doctors have advised that he stay at home to recuperate for a full six weeks with no travel.”

Live Nation Australasia is sending all our love to Ozzy, Sharon and the wider Osbourne family and crew. We wish Ozzy all the best in his recovery and hope he is back to full health as soon as possible.

Ticket holders for the Christchurch show at Horncastle Arena on Wednesday, March 13 are entitled to a full refund, please see details below.

Judas Priest, joined by special guests (soon to be announced) will STILL perform in Auckland at Spark Arena on Saturday, March 16. The show will now be ticketed as general admission standing and unreserved seating.

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Rhapsody Of Fire Reveals New Album “The Eighth Mountain” Details

Italian power metal veterans Rhapsody Of Fire has announced that they will be releasing a new album entitled, “The Eighth Mountain” on February 22nd. The band stated that they “invite all our fans to keep their eyes (and ears) opened next week for more information about pre-orders and exciting content you certainly don’t want to miss.”

“Plus, we will be performing in more than 17 cities all around Europe in February and March with amazing special guests to be announced.”

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. Abyss Of Pain
2. Seven Heroic Deeds
3. Master Of Peace
4. Rain Of Fury
5. White Wizard
6. Warrior Heart
7. The Courage To Forgive
8. March Against The Tyrant
9. Clash Of Times
10. The Legend Goes On
11. The Wind, The Rain And The Moon
12. Tales Of A Hero’s Fate

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Preview Of Decapitated’s Cover Of Meshuggah’s “Sane” Streaming

A preview of Decapitated‘s take on Meshuggah‘s “Sane” with guest solos from Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, ex-Nevermore) and Jakub Zytecki (Disperse) is streaming below. The track will be featured on the forthcoming “Death…Is Just The Beginning MMXVIII” compilation, out October 19th via Nuclear Blast.

Comments Decapitated guitarist Waclaw “Vogg” Kiletyka:

“For me, it is a huge pleasure because covering Meshuggah is something special. They are one of my favorite metal bands ever. Plus I find it a big challenge. We had very special guests, Jeff Loomis and Jakub Zytecki, and both did epic solos for it. Also to be on the same compilation with some of the best metal acts in the scene, is nothing but a big pleasure. Doing this for Nuclear Blast Records which is not just a label for us but after years, a friend’s label, is an honor.”

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Ozzy Osbourne & Judas Priest European/UK Tour Announced

Ozzy Osbourne‘s forthcoming European/UK tour will find him joined by Judas Priest as special guests in early2019. Dates for said trek , dubbed ‘No More Tours 2‘, will run as follows:

01/30 Dublin, IRE – 3 Arena
02/01 Nottingham, UK – Motorpoint Arena
02/03 Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
02/05 Newcastle, UK – Metro Radio Arena
02/07 Glasgow, UK – SSE Hydro
02/09 Birmingham, UK – Genting Arena
02/11 London, UK – O2 arena
02/13 Munich, GER – Olympiahalle
02/15 Frankfurt, GER – Festhalle
02/17 Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena
02/19 Berlin, GER – Mercedes-Benz Arena
02/22 Stockholm, SWE – Tele2
02/24 Helsinki, FIN – Hartwall Arena
02/27 Zurich, SWI – Hallenstadion
03/01 Bologna, ITA – Unipol Arena
03/03 Barcelona, SPA – Palau Sant Jordi

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Nightwish Announces Three UK Tour Dates

Finnish symphonic metal veterans Nightwish released their brand new best-of compilation “Decades” on March 9th through Nuclear Blast to celebrate more than two decades of their career. It’s only right, then, that this milestone should be celebrated with an extensive world tour! Currently touring North America, the band are pleased to announce that they will be bringing the tour to the UK in December. This will also be the band’s first UK tour since 2012, so these shows are absolutely not to be missed.

They have also revealed that special guests will be up and coming heavy metallers and label mates Beast In Black, led by former Battle Beast guitarist Anton Kabanen.

Of this latest tour news, the band comments:
“The NIGHTWISH Universe is Expanding. Let’s light the British Beacons!”

The tour dates are as follows:

December 8 London – The SSE Arena, Wembley
December 10 Birmingham – Arena
December 11 Manchester – Arena

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Threshold Announces European Tour, Will Play “Legends Of The Shires” In Full

UK progressive metal quintet Threshold released their colossal double concept album ‘Legends Of The Shires’ on September 8th, 2017 through Nuclear Blast. It’s the band’s most successful album to date and was followed by a hugely successful 2-week European headline run with several sold out shows. Reasons enough, then, for the band to announce a second leg today. This time, though, Threshold will be performing ‘Legends Of The Shires’ in its entirety and more. Special guests for this trek will be announced soon. Full tour dates are below.

Guitarist Karl Groom comments: “Far from the stereotypical image of being reserved, the UK Threshold fans are some of the loudest in Europe now! We had a fantastic homecoming to the O2 Islington last time out and look forward to another great show in Autumn 2018.”

‘Legends Of The Shires’ Album Tour 2018
w/ special guests:
10.10. Colmar – Le Grillen (FR)
11.10. Pratteln – Z7 (CH)
12.10. Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal (DE)
13.10. Zoetermeer – Boerderij (NL)
14.10. Hamburg – Markthalle (DE)
16.10. Jena – F-Haus (DE)
17.10. Prague – Nová Chmelnice (CZ)
18.10. Munich – Feierwerk (DE)
19.10. Mannheim – MS Connexion Complex (DE)
20.10. Essen – Turock (DE)
21.10. London – Islington Assembly Hall (UK)

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Kaoteon Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream Of Upcoming New Album “Damnatio Memoriae”

Death metal band KAOTEON will release their pummeling new full-length album, Damnatio Memoriae, featuring bass wizard Linus Klausenitzer of Obscura and drum master Fredrik Widigs of Marduk as special guests, on February 23, 2018. Today, in celebration of the impending release, KAOTEON is streaming the entire album below.

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Immolation, Monument Of Misanthropy & Full of Hell Announce European Tour

Initial dates have been revealed for Immolation’s European tour supporting their latest album, “Atonement“. Monument Of Misanthropy and Full of Hell will be joining them as special guests, with more supports yet to be announced.

Here’s what’s been confirmed thus far:

“Atonement II – European Tour 2018”

15.03.2018 POL Warszawa Proxima
16.03.2018 POL Lódz Magnetofon
17.03.2018 POL Bielsko-Biala Rudeboy
18.03.2018 A Vienna Viper Room
21.03.2018 SP Bilbao Santana 27
22.03.2018 POR Porto Hard Club
23.03.2018 SP Madrid Nazca
24.03.2018 POR Lisbon RCA Club
25.03.2018 SP Sevilla Custom
26.03.2018 SP Valencia Rock City
27.03.2018 SP Barcelona Razzmatazz 2
29.03.2018 FR Paris Petit Bain
30.03.2018 HOL Rotterdam Baroeg
31.03.2018 DEN Esbjerk Konfus
2.04.2018 DEN Copenhagen Pumpehuset
4.04.2018 GER Essen Turock
5.04.2018 HOL Eindhoven Effenaar
6.04.2018 UK London The Dome
7.04.2018 HOL Haarlem Patronaat
8.04.2018 GER Kassel K19

More dates coming soon…

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Sepultura And Death Angel To Tour Australia And New Zealand

Brazilian metal legends Sepultura has announced a string of headline shows in New Zealand and Australia, where they will be joined by special guests, Death Angel. Sepultura are currently promoting their fourteenth studio album, “Machine Messiah” which was released in January of this year through Nuclear Blast Records. Death Angel’s last album, “The Evil Divide” was released last year and the band are reportedly working on new material.

The tour dates are as follows:

May 11 – Auckland – The Studio
May 12 – Wellington – San Fran
May 13 – Christchurch – The Foundry
May 15 – Melbourne – 170 Russell
May 16 – Adelaide – The Gov
May 18 – Brisbane – Eatons Hill Hotel
May 19 – Sydney – Metro Theatre
May 20 – Perth – Capitol

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New Tour Dates Announced By Fates Warning

U.S. Progressive metal pioneers Fates Warning have announced further live shows in the USA and Mexico as part of the next touring run in January 2018 in support of the latest album “Theories Of Flight.”

Vocalist Ray Alder has checked in with the following comment about the newly announced shows: “After a break from the last European tour it’s time to hit the road again. And this time we’re headed to the West coast! Also, we will be performing in wonderful Mexico City for the first time! We cannot express how excited we are to finally be able to announce these dates as it has been a long time coming. See you all soon on the West coast leg of the Theories Of Flight tour 2018!”

Below is a list of the exact dates, which now also include German post rockers Long Distance Calling as special guests for the shows in Germany:

1/5 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
1/7 Mexico City, MX – Circo Volador
1/11 Las Vegas, NV – Count’s Vamp’d
1/12 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
1/13 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
1/14 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky-a-Go-Go

Live Over Europe 2018, featuring Support from Methodica

1/18 Essen, DE – Turock (+ Special Guests: LONG DISTANCE CALLING)
1/19 Aschaffenburg, DE – Colos-Saal (+ Special Guests: LONG DISTANCE CALLING)
1/20 Milan, IT – Legend
1/21 Rome, IT – Orion
1/23 Ljubljana, SL – Orto Bar
1/24 Budapest, HU – A38
1/25 Belgrade, SB – Dom Omladine
1/26 Thessaloniki, GR – Principal Club Theater
1/27 Athens, GR – Fuzz Club

As previously announced, all of the European shows will be recorded for an upcoming live release, which makes the dates very special. Guitarist Jim Matheos commented: “It’s been 20 years since we released our only live album, ‘Still Life.’ It’s time for an update! In January we’ll be recording a series of shows in some of our favorite European cities. The best of these will be included in a live album to be released in 2018. While we haven’t decided on the final set list yet we’re planning on about a 2 hour set with as little overlap as possible with the ‘Still Life album.’ Hope to see you all there!”

Alder added: “We’re excited to be returning to Europe in 2018 for these special shows! Thanks to you, our incredible fans, for making “Theories…” such a success. We could not have done it without you! See you in 2018!”

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