Hair Metal Heaven Festival adds more bands including TNT, Eclipse, Vain and WildSide
The first inaugural Hair Metal Festival, that will be taking place from August 25 to 27, 2017 at O’Rileys (August 25th) and Hull City Hull (August 26th and 27th) in Hull, UK, has added new acts to its already stellar roster that included Spread Eagle, D-A-D, Leatherwolf, Smashed Gladys, Diemonds, Treat and Princess Pang.
The following bands have now been announced to Hair Metal Heaven‘s line-up: TNT, Vain, Circus Of Power, WildSide, Eclipse, Big Foot and Killcode.
Arguably the biggest name for Hair Metal Heaven‘s second set of bands announcement is Norway’s very own recently reformed TNT.
Wikipedia states in part the following about TNT (with slight edits):
“TNT is a Norwegian heavy metal band from Trondheim, formed in 1982. The band has released twelve studio albums, three EPs and two live albums while going through numerous line-up changes since its formation. Guitarist Ronni Le Tekrø is the only consistent member of TNT…
In January 2015, Tony Harnell announced that he had left TNT again, but on May 21, 2016, he announced his return to TNT… TNT‘s thirteenth studio album will be released by Frontiers Music Srl in the spring of 2017.”
TNT‘s “Everyone’s A Star” video:
Lay your cards on the table Show the world who you are Stand for the right Cause baby you can never lose In your blood it’s electric And the power’s in your veins You’ve got a chance , might as well Dance you know we’re all the Same cause…
One of the few bands who have soldiered through the thick and thin, Vain continues with frontman Davy Vain carrying the torch to keep the name alive.
Wikipedia states in part the following about Vain (with slight edits):
“Vain is an American heavy metal band from San Francisco Bay Area, California, formed in 1986. As of 2011, the line-up consists of Davy Vain (lead vocals), Jamie Scott (guitar), Danny West (guitar), Ashley Mitchell (bass) and Louie Senor (drums).
After recording a demo, Davy Vain founded Vain in 1986, adding Scott, West, Mitchell and drummer Tom Rickard to the line-up. They signed with Island Records in 1988, before releasing their debut album the following year, titled No Respect, which peaked at number 154 on the Billboard 200.
Though they recorded a second album, Vain were released by Island in 1991, with West and Rickard departing the same year. Following the addition of both Shawn Rorie and former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler, Vain renamed themselves Road Crew. However, they also disbanded in 1991. The band reformed in 1993 and went through a number of line-up changes for the release of their next two studio albums. By 2005, Scott and West had returned to the band, while Rickard would rejoin them in 2009 (before departing again the following year).
To date, Vain have released six studio albums; No Respect (1989); Move On It (1993); Fade (1995); On The Line (2005); All Those Strangers (2010), and Enough Rope (2011).”
Vain‘s Enough Rope landed the #1 spot on Sleaze Roxx’s Top Ten Albums of 2011 to which Sleaze Roxx stated: “I’ve been running this website for a decade now and the majority of music that comes my way falls into two groups — young bands who try to sound like the ’80s, and ’80s veterans who try to recapture their classic sound (with varying degrees of success). That is what makes Vain‘s reunion album so magnificent… it not only rediscovers the sound of ‘No Respect’, but equals that cult classic in every conceivable way. The guitar work is stunning, Davy Vain‘s voice hasn’t missed a beat, and the songs themselves scream 1989 by capturing the sexual decadence and outrageousness of that time in history.”
Vain are scheduled to release a new studio album called Rolling With The Punches in February 2017.
Vain‘s “Beat The Bullet” video:
Band: Vain Song: Beat the Bullet Album: No Respect
Circus Of Power:
New York City’s Circus Of Power are a slightly more straight up, ballsier rock n’ roll band, who rose to notoriety with their 1988 debut.
Wikipedia states in part the following about Circus Of Power (with slight edits):
“The band formed in 1986 in New York City. A no-frills band heavy on tattoos, biker-band lyrics and leather, the band consisted of vocalist Alex Mitchell, guitar players Ricky Mahler and Gary Sunshine, bassist Craymore Stevens, and drummer Joey Wrecked. In July 1987, Joey Wrecked quit the band and was replaced by Ryan Maher. The group played in New York for several years until they were signed by RCA Records. Around 1990, Gary Sunshine switched to guitar, and Zowie joined as bassist. In 1990, Circus of Power got a huge break, being named as the lone opening band (for the complete tour) opening for Black Sabbath on their Tyr album.
Zowie was replaced by Marc ‘Frap’ Frappier, and Ryan Maher by Victor Indrizzo respectively. In 1991, the band signed to Columbia Records and relocated to Los Angeles. Circus of Power disbanded around 1995…
The Knitting Factory in Los Angeles was the site for a Circus of Power reunion show on June 27, 2009. The show was to celebrate Club Vodka‘s seventh anniversary and the reissue of Circus of Power‘s debut album. After some solo efforts and a few one off “reunion” gigs, singer Alex Mitchell decided it was time to put a proper line-up together. In late 2014, Alex contacted some of his O.G. buddies from the old New York scene and his post C.O.P. bands- Fat Nancy & Captain Zapped, and immediately entered the studio with fresh material. The new line-up also shot a video for the song “Hard Drivin’ Sister”…”
Circus Of Power‘s “Call Of The Wild” video:
Music video by Circus Of Power performing Call of the Wild. (C) 1988 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
WildSide are a band that was destined for the big time at the time of their debut dropping, is a fan favourite, and requested by many on the festival’s Facebook page. With 1992’s debut album Under The Influence being in many diehard glam fans’ top 10 albums, it’s surely a dream come true for many to see them play at Hair Metal Heaven.
Wikipedia states in part the following about WildSide (with slight edits):
“Wildside was an American glam metal band formed in 1988 by founders Brent Woods, Drew Hannah, Benny Rhynedance. Originally called “Young Gunns“, the 5 piece lineup included Drew Hannah (vocals), Brent Woods (lead guitar), Benny Rhynedance (rhythm guitar), Marc Simon (bass guitar), Jimmy Darby. (drums).
The group played the clubs of Hollywood from 1988 through 1990 when they were signed to Capitol Records under the charge of Hale Milgram. Slated to be “the next big thing” by the label, they immediately began recording their album. The band chose Van Halen producer Andy Johns to create their record. Recorded at Eddie Van Halen‘s home studio, Wildside was historically the first outsider to use the famed “5150” recording studio. After a 1992 release of Under The Influence, and two years of solid touring, music was making a big change and Wildside was caught in the middle of it. Capitol Records was making changes to their line-up and both the label and the band agreed it was time to part. In 1994, a second album would be released under an independent label without guitarist Woods, who went on to join the Vince Neil project. In 2004, Wildside regrouped to play back to back sold out performances in Salt Lake City, Utah. The line-up consisted of Drew Hannah (vocals), Brent Woods (guitars), Marc Simon (bass) and Jimmy Darby (drums). This line-up went on to do several more shows in Los Angeles over the years. In 2008, Wildside played to a sold out crowd at the famous [Roxy Theater] in Hollywood, CA. Now after 25 years, Wildside are still playing together (with only the four members mentioned earlier)….”
WildSide‘s “Hang On Lucy” video:
Wildside – Hang On Lucy OFFICIAL video clip with the best audio in Youtube and lyrics !!
Hair Metal Heaven also sees the inclusion of “newer” bands including the sensational melodic rockers Eclipse who nevertheless date back all the way to 1999.
Wikipedia states in part the following about Eclipse (with slight edits):
“The band was formed in 1999 in Stockholm by singer/guitarist/bassist Erik Mårtensson and drummer/keyboardist Anders Berlin. Together with guitarist Magnus Henriksson, they received a record deal with English label Z Records. The band’s debut album, The Truth and A Little More was released in 2001.
Eclipse later received a contract with the Italian label Frontiers Records and in April 2004 released the album Second To None. In 2008, they released the album Are You Ready to Rock. Erik Mårtensson then wrote most of the song material for the side project WET which consisted of members from Work of Art (W), Eclipse (E) and Talisman (T). Their self-titled debut was released in 2009 and became famous in the genre of melodic hard rock and the AOR radio format.
In 2012, they released the album Bleed & Scream. The title track was released as a single and also became the band’s first official video. The album entered Sverigetopplistan at number-44.
The band released their fifth album Armageddonize in February 2015, which debuted at number-49 on Sverigetopplistan. On 30, November 2015, SVT announced that Eclipse would participate in Melodifestivalen 2016 with the song “Runaways”. The song was written by Erik Mårtensson, and competed in the fourth semi-final which took place February 27 in Gävle. Eclipse finished in fifth place and were eliminated from the competition.”
Eclipse are poised to release their latest studio album Monumentum on March 24, 2017 and have already released one song entitled “Vertigo” for streaming.
Eclipse’s “Stand On Your Feet” video:
Preorder the new album “Armageddonize” here: Amazon: http://geni.us/EclipseAmazononize Release dates: EUROPE February 20th 2015 – NORTH AMERICA February 24th 2015 Swedish Hard Rockers Eclipse are back with their anticipated after the critically acclaimed album “Bleed & Scream” from 2012.
Bigfoot are the newest group added to Hair Metal Heaven‘s stellar line-up.
The group’s “Story” on Facebook is listed as follows (with slight edits):
“Bigfoot are a 5 piece Hard Rock band based in Wigan, England. Formed in spring of 2014, Bigfoot consists of members from various bands from the local scene combining powerful vocals, dual lead guitars and a heavy driving rhythm section. With influences stemming from many different genres from The Eagles to Pantera, this is a band that can be appreciated and enjoyed by a wide range of music fans. Since forming, Bigfoot have toured constantly around the UK and landed slots at the likes of Breakout Festival 2014, Bloodstock Festival 2015, Hard Rock Hell 2015 and Steelhouse 2016.
After two successful self releases with their debut EP and ‘Stone Soldiers‘ EP, the band signed a multi-album deal with Frontiers records and will be releasing their debut album in 2017.”
Bigfoot‘s “Run” video:
Bigfoot – Run (Official Music Video) Facebook – www.facebook.com/bigfootukrock Twitter – www.twitter.com/bigfootukrock Merchandise – www.bigfootuk.bigcartel.com Video by Shane Green – www.facebook.com/shanegreenvideo Bigfoot are a 5 piece Hard Rock band based in Wigan, England. Formed in spring of 2014 Bigfoot consists of members from various bands from the local scene combining powerful vocals, dual lead guitars and a heavy driving rhythm section.
Killcode‘s Biography on their Facebook page states in part (with slight edits):
“Killcode is a five piece American based rock band that hails from New York City. Their unique sound and style has been described as Southern infused Rock/ Metal with modern day vocals. Killcode’s songs are hooky super charged anthems with big guitars and driving rhythms that pumps a shot of adrenaline into your system the moment you hear them.
Killcode, founded by vocalist/frontman Tom Morrissey and guitarist Chas, laid down the Killcode foundation with a couple of tracks they recorded at their home studio. After listening back, they knew they were on to something big!…
Killcode has enjoyed an ever growing fan base both nationally and internationally, they continue to headline and sell out prominent marquee venues including New York City’s Irving Plaza, Gramercy Theater and Bowery Ballroom as well as tremendously successful support gigs at Roseland Ballroom and Sony Playstation Theater. Their Tristate area success was complimented by successful shows at the Dunkin Donuts Arena in New Hampshire, Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts and The Viper Room in Los Angeles.”
Killcode‘s “The Wrong Side” video:
The day has finally arrived! Today, November 6, 2014, we have the EXCLUSIVE premiere of KILLCODE’s stunning music video for “The Wrong Side”! Directed by David Swajeski and produced by Maryanne Grisz, a large portion of the video was filmed during KILLCODE’s legendary concert with Japanese rockers VAMPS at the now defunct ROSELAND BALLROOM.
For a debut festival in Hull, UK founder and organiser Ian Wright is truly pulling out all the stops, with each announcement somehow bettering the previous. Finally there’s hope for a UK equivalent of the M3 Rock Festival in America.
Further details regarding the event can be found on Hair Metal Heaven‘s Facebook page and/or website.
Thank you to Ben Chamberlain for his assistance with this article.