“I have family members that are elderly and frail and need my help here in Jacksonville,” Smedley says in a statement. “It’s been one of the hardest decisions of my life but I simply cannot commit to the kind of schedule the band deserves and requires so I decided to ask permission to step down from my post.” Continue reading ICED EARTH Drummer Quits; Replacement Announced
On April 12th ANTHRAX performed at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida on the Metal Alliance tour. Sadly, guitarist Scott Ian was forced to miss the show due to a bout with food poisoning. He was reportedly hopitalized overnight.
Check out Anthrax performing as a four-piece band below: Continue reading ANTHRAX Guitarist Scott Ian Misses Orlando Show Due To Illness; Four-Piece Live Footage Online
Florida’s SunSentinel has issued the following report from Mary Thurman Yuhas:
When IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain isn’t on the road, he calls Boca Raton home. About eight years ago, through friends at a golf tournament, he was introduced to HomeSafe, a Lake Worth-based nonprofit that helps victims of child abuse and domestic violence.
“I fell in love with the whole organization,” McBrain said. “I had a wonderful childhood growing up in North London, and I think every child deserves to have caring people around them to nurture their abilities and help them go out and have a fulfilled life.”
McBrain hosted HomeSafe’s recent Classic Rock & Roll Party fundraiser at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. About 375 people attended, and the event raised more than $340,000.
“We only hold two fundraisers a year, and this fundraiser is extremely unique,” said Matthew Ladika, HomeSafe’s CEO. “It’s a jam session and a rock party that breaks out into a fundraiser.”
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Legendary rock band KISS will perform during ArenaBowl XXVI weekend this August 16th in Orlando, Florida, as this unprecedented partnership with The Arena Football League and CBS Sports was proudly announced on Tuesday.
ArenaBowl XXVI is set to be played at the Amway Center in Orlando on Saturday, August 17. The game will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 1 PM as part of the three-day weekend celebration.
KISSonline.com have posted a few photos of KISS filming promo TV clips for the Arena Football League. The session took place at Etihad Satdium in Melbourne, Australia during the band’s two night stand at the venue.
“I want to thank you very much for the happy birthday wishes! Myself and the band are blessed to have fans like you guys.
“As you can see in the photo [below], Stu [Block, ICED EARTH singer] and I are about to chow on a very funny cake that friends and family made for me.
“We are in South America working on the songs for the next ICED EARTH studio album and hanging out with some very dear friends.
“The metal is most certainly flowing! You’re going to love this next one!!!
“Best to you all, and thanks again!”
ICED EARTH‘s first officially filmed headline show, “Live In Ancient Kourion”, will hit stores on April 15 in Europe and April 16 in North America via Century Media. This incredibly powerful package will come to you in various configurations and, a first for Century Media Records, also on Blu-ray disc. The limited-edition deluxe book features the main show and a plethora of bonus content on DVD and a Blu-ray disc, as well as the entire concert on a 2CD set (4 discs in total). You can also enjoy the audio version of the full concert in a 3LP gatefold vinyl package or as a 2CD set. A standard DVD and digital audio download will also be available.
ICED EARTH‘s latest album, “Dystopia”, sold around 6,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 67 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band’s previous CD, “The Crucible of Man (Something Wicked Part II)”, opened with 6,700 units in September 2008 to debut at No. 79.
ICED EARTH‘s 10th studio offering, “Dystopia”, was released in Europe on October 17, 2011 and in the U.S. on October 18 via Century Media Records. Two bonus tracks were also recorded for inclusion on special editions of the album.