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Ozzy Osbourne Announces Rescheduled “No More Tours 2” UK & European Dates

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We’ve been keeping tabs on Metal’s Prince Of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne and most recently shared an interview he did about his upcoming Boxed Set and more. If you missed that just click HERE to be up to speed. Now the Master of Metal has announced the rescheduled dates for some recent postponements based on both illness and injury. Take a look.

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The Press Release:
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter OZZY OSBOURNE has just announced rescheduled shows in the UK and Europe on his “NO MORE TOURS 2” tour.

The six-week trek–originally scheduled for January–now kicks off in OZZY’s native UK on October 23, 2020 before wrapping December 7 in Helsinki, Finland. The tour includes stops throughout the UK and sees the “Prince of Darkness” return to Birmingham for a hometown Halloween show. European dates include stops in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and Finland. Judas Priest remain as Special Guest across all dates.

Says OZZY: “I can’t wait to get off my ass and get going again, but you’re just going to have to be a bit more patient. I want to be 100% ready to come out and knock your fucking socks off.”

The Rescheduled Dates:
23/10: Newcastle, UK @ Utilita Arena
25/10: Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro
28/10: London, UK @ The O2
31/10: Birmingham, UK @ Resorts World Arena
02/11: Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
05/11: Dublin, Ireland @ 3Arena
08/11: Nottingham, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
11/11: Dortmund, Germany @ Westfalenhalle
13/11: Prague, CZ @ O2 Arena
16/11: Vienna, Austria @ Stadthalle
19/11: Bologna, Italy @ Unipol Arena
22/11: Madrid, Spain @ WiZink Arena
24/11: Zurich, Switzerland @ Hallenstadion
26/11: Munich, Germany @ Olympiahalle
28/11: Mannheim, Germany @ SAP Arena
30/11: Berlin, Germany @ Mercedes-Benz Arena
03/12: Hamburg, Germany @ Barclaycard Arena
05/12: Stockholm, Sweden @ Friends Arena
07/12: Helsinki, Finland @ Hartwall Arena

Tickets remain valid for all rescheduled tour dates. Refunds can be sought at point of purchase.

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Ozzy Osbourne w Black Sabbath (2016) by KP

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: All I can add to this is that I’m glad to find Ozzy on the mend and ready to kick some ass once again. I guess we should stay tuned for announcements about a return to the US for “final” dates. One can only hope that Judas Priest is brought along for those as well since that would be an awesome treat for the fans on this side of the pond. Chime in down below with your thoughts. See you next time.

Official Website: http://www.ozzyosbourne.com

Wacken Open Air Announces Slipknot For A Headliner Slot In 2020

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We’ve been sharing the intelligence secured from the folks behind the scenes at the much vaunted Wacken Open Air Festival (as seen HERE) and while it’s a new month for their side of the fence, its still Halloween over here in the states and what better a day to share news involving their event and the insanity that is Slipknot. Read on.

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The Press Release:
Midnight, the witching hour – even more so in the final night of October to the 1st of November, when according to the popular American Halloween tradition all sorts of ghosts, vampires, and other nocturnal creatures are roaming around in seach of sweets and other treats.

There is no better time to announce a true metal monster for the upcoming 31st edition of the Wacken Open Air: SLIPKNOT!

The mask wearing metal maniacs from Des Moines, Iowa have not just evolved into massive chart strikers since their foundation in 1995, but have also earned a justified reputation as a most impressive live act. Anyone who has witnessed the 9-piece band fronted by exceptional vocalist Corey Taylor on stage knows which enormous power their unique baselball bad wielding brand of modern metal can achieve live. Almost one year after the American headliners released their current album “We Are Not Your Kind”, SLIPKNOT will enter the mainstage at the Wacken Open Air – for the first time ever at this festival.

Thomas Jensen comments: “We are thrilled and admittedly a little proud that one of our great musical dreams will finally come true next year, when Slipknot will be on stage for the first time at the Wacken Open Air”, says the festival co-founder and organiser. “We are also glad for this opportunity to state once again that being sold out is never a reason for us to stop working on delivering a great billing. We would like to thank our fans for their continued trust and hope that this announcement will be as great for them as it is for us.”

The following bands have already been announced for the coming 31st edition of the Wacken Open Air in 2020 (in alphabetical order): AMON AMARTH, ANNIHILATOR, AT THE GATES, BEAST IN BLACK, CEMICAN, DEATH ANGEL, DIRKSCHNEIDER, HYPOCRISY, JUDAS PRIEST, KAMPFAR, MERCYFUL FATE, NERVOSA, ORDEN OGAN, OVERKILL, SICK OF IT ALL, SLIPKNOT, SODOM, U.D.O. (mit Bundeswehr Orchester), VENOM, WHILE SHE SLEEPS

About Wacken Open Air:
Wacken Open Air is the worldwide largest heavy metal festival Founded in 1990, its original attendance of 800 visitors has grown to more than 75,000 fans from all around the globe each year. For a handful of days, the village of Wacken with its roughly 2,000 inhabitants is turning into the third largest city of the state of Schleswig-Holstein. The ICS Festival Service GmbH as long-standing festival organiser is combining music related business areas such as band management, the “Wacken Foundation”, tour booking, music publishing, metal travel, merchandising, and ticketing. In cooperation with diverse partner companies, this network is the source of creative solutions and ideas that revolutionise each visitor’s festival experience, creates technical innovation and produces extraordinary event concepts such as the Full Metal Cruise or the Wacken Winter Nights. This year’s Wacken Open Air will take place from the 30th of July until the 1st of August 2020. Further information can be found at www.wacken.com.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Though its long been a dream of mine, I have never managed to get to the Wacken Open Air Festival but in all honesty if I ever did attended it would be days of endless work since there are so many bands that never come to this side of the Atlantic and I would want that content on the website. In looking at the list of performers I am happy to notice that I have seen “12” of them in concert. The addition of Slipknot is sure going to add to the appeal of the festival and we caught them here in Long Island over the summer at an event that can only be summarized as controlled insanity. If you wanted to check out my overview you can click HERE to see it. Other than that I am going to close this up and ask what you readers think about this addition to the Wacken Open Air festival for 2020. Do you have a ticket for this? If so, please chime in down in the comments section below. See you next time and once more, “Happy Halloween”.

Official Websites:
Wacken Open Air: http://www.wacken.com
Slipknot: http://www.slipknot1.com
Judas Priest: http://www.judaspriest.com
Amon Amarth: http://www.amonamarth.com

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2020 Nominees Are:

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have just revealed their “Class Of 2020” Nominations, so after some reminder premise on how one achieves such an “honor” I will line out the list for you in full and then offer up some personal editorial viewpoint. Let’s go.

The Criteria: Currently, groups or individuals are qualified for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Nominees should have demonstrable influence and significance within the history of rock and roll. Four categories are recognized: Performers, Non-Performers, Early Influences, and Sidemen (as of 2000). The General Public aka “Fans” get to participate in an online “Fan Voting” process but at the end of the day this really doesn’t amount to anything in terms of the induction process as it all sums up to one single vote.

The Nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 Are: Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, Motorhead, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, MC5, T. Rex and Thin Lizzy.
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Wacken Open Air Festival 2020 Is Sold Out

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Do you readers remember just the other day when I shared the First Bands that were announced for the Wacken Open Air Festival of 2020? If you said “NO” just click HERE to read that press release. Then continue on down below because the festival for next year is already SOLD OUT!!! I know, that’s insanity right? Read on.

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The Press Release:
The 31st edition of the Wacken Open Air, which will take place from the 30th of July until the 1st of August 2020, is sold out after less than a day. The advance sale of the 75,000 tickets had traditionally started after the festival at midnight on Monday, August 5th. Fans from 83 countries have purchased tickets.

“We are stoked that tickets for the Wacken Open Air 2020 have again sold out in a sensationally short period of time”, comments festival founder Thomas Jensen. “The great success of this year’s anniversary edition and our announcement of the first bands for next year have obviously convinced our fans that they can rely on us for which we are extremely thankful. Well, it also might be that the reason for this humbling vote of confidence is that metal god Rob Halford will celebrate 50 years of JUDAS PRIEST in Wacken.”
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Wacken Open Air Festival Reveals First Bands For 2020

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The Press Release:
Ready for another round of Wacken madness? Still grinning wildly thinking about our 30th anniversary edition? Well, we are looking forward to next year’s festival as much as all of you metalheads out there. Wacken Open Air 2020 is already shaping up nicely with the first batch of amazing bands confirmed – and a cool brand new look on top. Get ready to dive into Maya and Aztec culture in Wacken next year! First things first – and music always comes first in Wacken. We are proud to announce the following bands for 2020:

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One of the highlights of next year’s Wacken Open Air will definitely be… the mighty JUDAS PRIEST! True legends celebrating “50 Heavy Metal Years” at the Holy Ground – a match made in headbanging heaven! JUDAS PRIEST have shaped heavy metal as we know it and we are incredibly honoured to welcome them to the festival for the fourth time.

Vikings and Metal go well together as we all know. There is no band out there that brings the fire, the screaming, and the general kickass awesomeness of both worlds better together than AMON AMARTH. These Swedes keep getting stronger and have been part of the Wacken journey since 1999! Next year, they will bring out the „Beserker“ in all of us for an impressive ninth time at the Wacken Open Air.
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