Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Alice Cooper and Slayer for Sonisphere 2010

After bagging ‘Best New Festival’ at the annual festival awards, Sonisphere have announced that the festival will be returning for 2010, extending to a three day event and boasting a mighty impressive line up.

Iron Maiden and Rammstein are confirmed as headliners for the Knebworth festival, with Alice Cooper, Slayer, Anthrax, Iggy and The Stooges, The Cult and Motley Crue also on the bill. With Metallica announcing a headline slot for Sonisphere in Poland, the thrash legends are heavily rumoured to be the third headliner for the UK dates.

The full statement from the festival organisers is as follows:

“Alice Cooper, Anthrax, The Cult, Iggy & The Stooges and Slayer will be making their only UK festival appearances at Sonisphere whilst Motley Crue will perform their only UK show of 2010.Tickets are currently on sale. Other bands heavily rumoured have ranged from Heaven and Hell to Foo Fighters, keep up to date with all your festivals here at FANCORE. Will you be buying tickets?

Slayer will make their welcome return to a festival stage in the UK after a three year absence at Knebworth with fellow ‘big four’ thrash kings Anthrax returning with John Bush back in the fold.

Guitarist Scott Ian says: “God-damn we couldn’t be more thrilled about being a part of Sonisphere 2010!!!! We are still buzzing from our insane show at Knebworth last summer and are drooling over the fact that we are a part of this history making festival!! What an amazing Xmas present for Anthrax and our fans. See you all very soon!!”

Flying in from LA for their only UK show of 2010, Motley Crue will be bringing with them their sleaze-drenched rock with The Cult also making an exclusive UK festival appearance and having marked England’s place on the global rock map, they remain one of the few UK hard-rock bands to have truly broken in the US. Talking of legends, Iggy & The Stooges are also sure to make their presence felt at Knebworth this summer!

Sonisphere is set to be an even bigger monster in 2010, with the extra day of music added. Friday 30th July will see the festivities getting started with a Rocky Horror Show theme, and Alice Cooper – the godfather of theatrical rock – suitably closing the evening on the Saturn stage at his only UK festival performance of 2010.

Fancy dress is expected and encouraged. In addition to the acts on Saturn, there will be bands performing on two tented stages from 6pm until 11pm.

Regular campers will have access to the campsite from 12pm on the Friday, but for a mere £5, the festival campsite will open for early campers at 3pm on Thursday 29th July, with Bohemia village open from 6pm Thursday right through until 3am Sunday morning, for non-stop fun with white knuckle rides, dodgems, arcades, comedy, massage, bars, market stalls, and cafes to chill out in.

There is much more to come with dozens more bands to be announced in the new year – metal, rock, hardcore, thrash, classic, indie, punk, you name it, Sonisphere will have it. From well-established rock icons to the hottest new names, if they rock and are worth seeing, they will be playing at Knebworth.”

Sonisphere Announce Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and Third Stage Details

Sonisphere have unveiled a brand new third stage for the Knebworth-based festival, boasting debut UK performances from Slipknot members, a batch of new bands, a comedy stage and even a cinema.

‘Bohemia Village’ will be open on Thursday afternoon, available to all Sonisphere ticket holders and continuing into the wee hours of the morning. The third stage will be headlined by Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, aswell as ‘Knot Clown Shawn Crahan’s side project, Dirty Little Rabbits. More bands confirmed for Bohemia include Cancer Bats, Attack! Attack!, Rolo Tomassi, The Ataris and The Chapman Family.

Sonisphere have confirmed that all acts on the third stage will not conflict musically with any bands playing on the main stages, meaning you can squeeze in Corey Taylor before watching Metallica headline. Aswell as the new acts, Sonisphere have announced that Bohemia will include a ‘fairground of the damned’, a cinema playing ‘rock-friendly films’ aswell as a Jagermeister Rock Karaoke. If that wasn’t enough, throughout the day the village will host the Monster Energy Drink Ball Of Steel Stunt Show featuring motorcycle freestyling and if extreme sports isn’t your bag a plethora of comedy acts have been added to keep you laughing your hangover off.

Bohemia will also house the previously mentioned Guitar Hero: Metallica Experience which will give all you wannabes a chance to perform on Sonisphere’s main stage and emulate Metal monsters James, Kirk, Lars and Rob (and Jason Newsted).

Speaking to the official website, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor said he is “very excited to be a part of this festival. It’ll be the first show of its kind I’ve ever done in the UK, and I think there are many fans who’ve waited long enough to see it.”

The planners are definitely attempting to make Sonisphere more than just a bunch of bands on a stage, has this ‘Moulin Rouge meets Mad Max’ type extravaganza lured you into getting a ticket?

Tim “Ripper” Owens releases new song on Myspace


Former Armoured Saint and Judas Priest frontman Tim “Ripper” Owens has released a huge sounding slab of metal chaos over at his Myspace page. To hear some of the finest pipes in metal wailing over some shred guitars, get your bad selves over to to hear “Starting Over”

The track is off his upcoming album “Play My Game” which is set top feature contributions from former KISS axeman Bruce Kulick, ex-Megadeth four-stringer Dave Ellefson and current Dio member Rudy Sarzo.

Dave Mustaine vows to make it into the Hall of Fame


Megadeth frontman/physical embodiment Dave Mustaine has vowed: “I’ll be in the Hall Of Fame one way or the other”, aswell as speaking out on many other subjects including the direction of his band’s new album and his conversations with Metallica‘s mercurial sticksman Lars Ulrich.

The troubled Thrasher sounded remarkably comfortable in his own skin talking to HeadbangersBlog,  saying “I love the new record. It’s more along the lines of the middle of ‘Rust In Peace’ and middle of ‘Countdown To Extinction’. It’s definitely the conclusion of ‘United Abominations’, if not one up on it.” With those three albums numbering among the best not just in the Deth‘s career, but in metal history, it bodes well for their latest opus.

Speaking of his one time bandmate/long time thorn-in-the-side, Lars Ulrich he said: “I was just talking to Ulrich the other day on the phone, and asking me to go to  Hall Of Fame— and although we have differing opinions on what person should be inducted for it or not, it didn’t turn out that he felt that I should be inducted, so I passed — but I talked to him.”

You can hear more Mustaine (than you can handle! YEAH!) at

Watch Metallica’s Hall Of Fame Induction Videos

Thrash Metal legends Metallica were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame last night, performing onstage as a five piece band with ex-bassist Jason Newsted. Performances of “Enter Sandman” and “Master Of Puppets” can be viewed on our video page right HERE..

The band also performed a “surprise jam” with superstars Jeff Beck, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ Flea. Footage of the supergroup onstage at the ceremony can be viewed below.

Jason Newsted, along with the father of the late Cliff Burton were also included and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Controversy has been raised over original member, Dave Mustaine’s absence from the ceremony, who apparently declined his invitation. A tearful Jason Newsted thanked the past and current members of Metallica for his inclusion, expressing his gratitude “for giving me the opportunity to share the experiences of these amazing bountiful decades“. He also described his time with the band as one “of Heavy Metal pioneership“, and how it allowed Metallica to “take our style of music to places it has never been before.”

Frontman James Hetfield described their inclusion as “living proof that it is possible to make a dream come true”, thanking ” all of Metallica, past and present“. The frontman/guitarist also said a special thanks to drummer Lars Ulrich for sharing what he described as “dreams of being in the greatest heavy metal band in the world.” 

Dedicating his inclusion to young musicians everywhere, Hetfield also said how he would like to see bands such as KISS, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Alice Cooper and Thin Lizzy to be the acts to enter the Hall next.

Guitarist Kirk Hammett thanked the band and fans for “their love and support“, describing his inclusion as “an honour“. He also said how excited he was “to continue to create inspired music”, joking that this was “only the band’s half way point in their career.”

All members thanked the fans who have supported them through all of the ups and downs throughout the band’s history, citing that “without you guys [the fans] this wouldn’t be possible!” 

You can watch the rest of the acceptance speeches in all their glory below. Watching this makes you realise just how fucking awesome Metallica are, James Hetfield has spoken- KISS, Iron Maiden, we can see 2010 Hall Of Fame with your names on it. If Wanda Fucking Jackson can get inducted then surely some of the biggest selling bands in the history can make it through…

Is there anyone who you think needs to make it to the 2010 ceremony?

Sonisphere Festival And Guitar Hero: Metallica Team Up


Official Sponsors Guitar Hero: Metallica are taking over all European legs of Sonisphere Festival. Competition winners will get the chance to play the game in front of thousands on the Sonisphere main stage, and two from each country will win the ultimate prize: passes to MEET METALLICA.

The official Sonisphere website has also announced even more chances to win: “In addition, there will also be a variety of free limited edition Guitar Hero: Metallica items up for grabs, as well as after-parties featuring live DJs, on-stage Guitar Hero: Metallica dueling for prizes and celebrity face-offs, at some venues.”

 The newest edition of the Guitar Hero game features 28 songs from Metallica’s career along with 21 songs from other bands, including Sonisphere’s own Machine Head, Thin Lizzy, Alice In Chains and The Sword.

The UK legs of the Metallica and Linkin Park headlined event, will take place in Knebworth on August 1st and 2nd, for full details of the Festival click here.
For a look at the just-released commericals for the new game, featuring the Thrash-legends check out our REPORT.

Newsted: “Truijillo Won’t Play With Metallica At Hall Of Fame”


Continuing the Metallica-Jason Newsted saga.

UPDATE: A Warner Brothers Records spokesman has just confirmed that ”
Jason and Robert will both be playing METALLICA‘s induction songs.”

Hmm, seems like they can’t get their story straight. Either this is all one massive publicity stunt (hey, it’s working well) or the band themselves don’t really know what’s going on… who would you prefer to see playing at the ceremony? Current Metallica, Black Album-era Metallica or Both?
Despite previous reports indicating that all of Metallica– including ex-bassist Jason Newsted– will perform together at the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony, Newsted has now confirmed that he will completely replace current bassist Rob Truijillo during the performance.

In an interview with Reuters/Billboard, the ex-bassist explains that he got a call from drummer Lars Ulrich, asking him to join the band: “He said, ‘We want you to rock with us.” Lars then told him that the band’s current bassist, Rob Truijillo “‘is not gonna play at all. We want you to play.’ And my first question was, ‘How’s Robert with that? How does he feel about that? I don’t want to create any kind of negative anything. I want this all to be proper.’

“(Ulrich) said, ‘No, he’s with it, man. He wants to be there as a fan, too, and wants to see the ‘Black’ Album band’…It’s all good. Everybody’s agreed to it. Let’s rock!’ ‘OK. Let’s rock.'”

Newsted also discusses his surprise at being asked to play at all, saying: “I just planned on going, looking good in my suit, hanging out with my family, going up and getting the award, making a nice speech…”

Prior to the call from Lars, it seems that Newsted was more than happy to see his ex-bandmates represent Metallica: “[I felt strongly] because they’re strong right now, together. Those four guys in Metallica are out there knocking the shit down, standing tall, able, prowess, chops are in order … There aren’t many times the Hall of Fame can induct a band that’s fully capable like that.”

Ah, isn’t he a modest guy? We wonder how Rob really feels being kicked out for a one-night-stand, he’s approximately the size of Godzilla, but still not even giant lizards like to feel like they’re not wanted anymore.

Are you happy to see ‘The Black Album’ band back?